Behar: National Week of Shmita Awareness

Shabbat Behar 2014: May 9-10 2014
Behar Events 2014: April 27th – June 5th

Register Your 2014 Behar Event

As we continue to deepen into the process of re-acquainting ourselves with the Shmita tradition, we are very excited to use the opportunity of Parshat Behar as an annual mark, as a reminder, and as a guide. The parsha (weekly Torah reading) of Behar, which literally means ‘On The Mountain,’ introduces the detailed, visionary teachings of Shmita. This particular section of the Torah is located towards the end of the book of Vayikra (Leviticus) and is read each year about a week or two before Shavuot.

Here is the vision and dream: Each year, during the week leading up to, and including, Shabbat Behar, Jewish communities across North America, in conjunction with simultaneous happenings in Israel, will claim this moment in time to host events, teachings, and activities all focused on the possibilities of bringing to life the Shmita tradition. Events will unfold on a micro-local level, throughout communities involved with the Shmita Network, creating a widespread mosaic of Shmita in action.

Save the date. Parshat Behar in 2014 will fall on the Shabbat of May 9-10. We anticipate events to be scheduled the weeks before and after Shabbat Behar, from mid April to late May. This will be a wonderful opportunity to share Shmita educational and experiential offerings in your local synagogue, school, community center, community garden, etc.

This upcoming Parshat Behar will fall on the sixth year of the Shmita Cycle, and will be just over 4 months away from the arrival of the Shmita Year! How will you use this week to bring Shmita education & action into your own community? This year’s Behar campaign will be a wonderful opportunity to begin visioning and preparing for how you would like to recognize and celebrate the Shmita Year in your community. 

Register Your 2014 Behar Event

If you would like guidance and support in organizing a Shmita learning event or activity for your community, feel free to reach out at shmitaproject@hazon.org.

BEHAR Events 2014:

More events coming soon! If you are planning on hosting an event, please be sure to let us know and we’ll gladly add your happening to the wider collective and help with your marketing outreach and publicity.

Berkeley, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Stamford, CT
Denver, CO
Washington, DC
Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Wayland, MA
New York, NY
Germantown, PA
Philadelphia, PA

Berkeley, CA

Sunday, May 11 (1-4pm):
Urban Adamah & 7Seeds:
Shmita Community Skillshare & Swap Meet

Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, April 27th (2-4pm):
Netiya 
Interfaith Council Gathering ~ Food Relief in our Institutions: Justice not Charity
Contact devorah.brous@gmail.com from more details

San Francisco, CA

Sunday, May 11 (9.30-11.30am):
Hazon & Go Wild Consulting
Wild Edible Plant Walk in the San Francisco Presidio

Denver, CO

Sunday, April 27th:
Ekar Farm
Teen Earth Day Celebration

Stamford, CT

Friday, May 9th (9-10.30am):
Neshama Yoga
Shmita Mindfulness & Movement
Contact neshamayoga@aol.com for more details

Washington, DC

Saturday, May 10th:
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue
Shabbat Behar Day-Long Celebration: Community Learning, First Fruits, and Social Activism
Evening Live Music w/ David Broza

Atlanta, GA

Saturday, April 26, May 3, May 10 (12.30-1.30pm):
Ahavat Achim Synagogue
Getting Ready For Shmita: A Community Beit Midrash

Boston, MA

Sunday, May 18 (3-7pm):
Nehar Shalom & Ganei Beantown
Shmita Community Skillshare & Lag B’Omer Party

Wayland, MA

Friday, May 9th (7.30pm):
Ma’ayan Tikvah & Mosaic Jewish Outdoor Club
Outdoor Shabbat Service & Shmita Seder/Potluck

New York, NY

Saturday, May 10th (9-10am):
West End Synagogue
Let It Go: The Personal, Environmental, and Spiritual Practice of Shmita
Contact mjmargolius@gmail.com for more details

Saturday, May 10th (10am-12.30pm):
Lab/Shul
Let It Be: Shmita Learning & StorahTelling

Germantown, PA

Saturday, May 10th
Minyan Dorshei Derech
Shabbat Services Shmita Learning
Contact adina@consultingforchange.com for more details

Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, June 1st (1-4pm):
Jewish Farm School
Shtetl Skills Building Series: Seed Saving