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Opt Outside: Taking time away from our screens
Shelter at home doesn’t mean you need to be on a screen all day long! Check out these activities that will take you outside and into nature for a chance to reset.
- Hazon Detroit has launched a Relief Garden Initiative. If every participating garden in every Detroit Jewish household and community organization could produce an additional 10% in their harvest to be donated to their nearest food pantry, we could make a significant impact together. Hazon will deliver 2-5 gallon buckets worth of compost and seed packets of peas, lettuce and kale; seeds that can be sown in cool weather, free to whomever is willing to grow a little extra to donate to local food pantries. We will also make sure to point participants in the direction of helpful online gardening resources so even the first-time gardener can feel confident getting started. Read more about the initiative here. Take a look at the flyer here. Fill out the interest form here.
- Nature connection: hands-on nature crafts, recycling activities, and imagination activation games.
- Teva blends forest ecology and Jewish wisdom to transform the outdoors. We are posting daily live videos with tips, resources, and outside activities. View Teva’s Facebook page for videos, and other resources here.
- Where to do these awesome activities? AllTrails.com or NPS.gov/findapark will locate somewhere near you!
- The City Nature Challenge (April 24-27) – cities around the world compete to see who can document the most animals and plants. Photograph local flora and fauna, and upload them to iNaturalist.
- List of Nature Resources/Activities
Stuck in quarantine? Curl up with a good book. Our curated list of reading material will help keep you entertained and informed.
Recent writings from Nigel
- Now’s the time to plan a cleanse!
- On shmita, and teshuva
- Why this year’s Earth Day (April 22nd) will be very significant
- What Would Happen If the World Reacted to Climate Change Like It’s Reacting to the Coronavirus?
- Spiritual Resources to Help You Cope
- Covid-19 and Torah: Advice from the Sabbatical Year
- We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast – Jonathan Safran Foer
- Join Hazon for a book club on April 27 or May 6!
- The Overstory – Richard Powers
- The Secret Wisdom of Nature – Peter Wohlleben
- Ecology & the Jewish Spirit – Ellen Bernstein
- The Sabbath – Abraham Joshua Heschel
- The Work that Reconnects – Joanna Macy
- Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer
- Shabbat Ha’Aretz – Rav Kook
- Shmita Sourcebook – Hazon
- Waste Not: A Jewish Environmental Ethic – Tanhum S. Yoreh
- OnBeing with Krista Trippett
- The Intelligence of All Kinds of Life – Robin Wall Kimmerer
- JOFFICE Space Podcast explores how people and organizations shape the world of JOFEE today.
- The folks at Judaism Unbound have created JewishLive which is a “portal to live-streaming Jewish experiences on the internet during the COVID-19 physical distancing period.” Keep an eye out for some earth/agriculture minded Jewish content soon! You can stream content on their website and check their facebook page for the latest news, updates and schedules.
Meditations and Spiritual Resources
Covid-19 is changing our lives in many ways, many of which are quite stressful. Meditation is proven to lower stress, and communal prayer helps you connect deeply with others, even from far away. There has never been a more urgent time to take care of yourself in this way.
- Join us for daily Avodat Lev/Service of the Heart, alternative prayer services filled with beautiful song.
- Morning Fuel with Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein: Shachris w/ a Kick of Song and Spiritual Yearning, April 5, 11:30am EDT.
- Romemu is offering daily davening (prayer) and Torah studies on Zoom and Facebook live.
- Eden Village Camp hosts daily morning prayer sessions and Kabbalat Shabbat, in addition to other great programming!
- Shir Hamaalot (NYC Havura) is hosting a Passover tune share this Thursday at 7pm EDT.
- With Isabella Freedman retreats on hold, our Wellness Retreat leaders shared fantastic healing resources, including herbal remedies, food/cooking tips from Jeffrey Yoskowitz (from the Gefilteria) and more!
- Sivananda Hatha Yoga daily (expect Shabbat) with Rachel Rosenbluth at noon EST. For all backgrounds.
- Join the Institute of Jewish Spirituality daily at 12:30pm EDT for a free, live meditation.
- Rabbi Shir Yaakov Feit’s sheet music is available! Follow him for his A Psalm A Day stream.
- Songs for healing and health by Kol Tzedek.
- RUACH: Emotional and Spiritual Care is a 100% volunteer-run initiative offering support during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are in need of support, sign up to be matched with a caregiver for a 30-minute call.
Webinars and Digital Resources
Being away from school and work presents challenges for learning. Fortunately, Hazon has a robust collection of online educational resources. We have also highlighted offerings from partnering organizations and teachers. Educational materials for all ages can be found below.
- Panel Discussion: Can cell-based meat change culturally-specific diet preferences? Join a panel of experts as they explore how cell-based protein could influence dietary practices in ayurveda, vegetarianism, kosher, and more. Wednesday, April 1st from 8-9pm EDT.
- Jewish Farmer Network is hosting a virtual community building check in for Jewish farmers to connect and share resources – Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00pm EDT. Zoom link.
- Emunah Amidst the Darkness with Rabbi Getzel Rsoenberg Davis, Thursday, April 2nd 8pm EDT. More information and register here.
- The Israel Ride: learn about the crucial sustainability and peace-building work the ride supports, Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm EDT. RSVP!
- Jewish Farmer Network community check-in, Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00pm EDT: Zoom link.
- The Hazon Educational Library has countless resources for kids, adults, and everyone in between.
- Resources from Hakhel on how to be in intentional community in a time of social distancing. Take a look at their Corona Response Toolkit.
- Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership Faculty will host a four-part online series of conversations around core issues related to the current crisis, Rallying in Challenging Times.
- Sign up for Online Jewish Mystery School with Pesach Stadlin today!
- COVID-19 Response Circle for Rabbis and Spiritual Leaders: Connect weekly on Zoom.
- Kabbalah and Ecology Seminar (8 sessions) with David Seidenberg, Tuesdays, 2-3:15PM EDT. Contact David if you need a digital copy of his book.
- Join the Social Community Series from the Future Coalition – webinars for changemakers within the youth organizing movement.
- Follow Edie Raphael for her Mussar Yoga stream.
- View Torah and dancing tefillah from Rishe Groner, an Isabella Freedman teacher and prayer leader.
- Climate Justice Torah sourcesheet from Sefaria.
- Passover Virtual Seder Resources during COVID-19 and physical distancing.
Collections of Content from our Friends:
- The Jewish Education Project has great Distance Learning resources for Day/Home Schools.
- Ikar LA‘s calendar of offerings.
- View Jewish National Fund‘s online content.
- Pardes Institute has a variety of uplifiting resources for all ages during these uncertain times.
- Content from Hadar is available here.
- GreenFaith is offering Faith Community Calls for care and resilience during the COVID-19 crisis every Thursday at 11am and 4pm: info here.
- Intergenerational Haftarah for Shabbat HaGadol: The Shalom Center has created an “Old/New Intergenerational Haftarah in English for Shabbat HaGadol before Pesach, in Words of the Prophet Malachi and Greta Thunberg, as Malachi Calls for the Prophet Elijah to turn the hearts of Elders and Youth to Each other Lest Earth be Utterly Destroyed.” Learn more and download the audio track here.
- M2: The Institute for Jewish Experiential Education is offering a workshop for Jewish experiential education at home in the time of Corona on Sunday, April 12th at 1pm EDT: register for free here.
- #soundthecall marks the 50th Earth Day on April 22. Participate worldwide, online. Calendar & Facebook event.
- On Friday, May 1, YIVO will launch its fourth class in the Shine Online Educational Series, A Seat at the Table: A Journey into Jewish Food. The course will focus on Ashkenazi food and features cooking demos from your favorite chefs, celebrated site visits, and renowned scholars. Register for the course at yivo.org/food and follow us on Facebook over the coming weeks for teasers and sneak previews of A Seat at the Table.
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Hazon is committed to providing connection for our community at this difficult time. We are inspired by the outpouring of opportunities created given the shelter in-place policies. [To note: these policies are saving lives, please continue to do so to the best of your ability!]
We hope these resources offer nourishment – for you, your families, students, congregations, and communities.
We are sending so much love and warmth at this time. This is a moment to come together, share the abundance of our gifts and remember that this is hard, and remember that this too shall pass.
With blessings for health and strength in virtual community,
– All of us at Hazon