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Grantee Spotlight: Teva Learning Center

The New York Ride is Hazon’s longest-running program, and will take place for the eleventh time this Labor Day weekend.  Each year, the Ride is an opportunity for Hazon to connect with and support new organizations that are doing work we are excited about, and over the years we’ve been able to support upwards of 80 different organizations.  Just as importantly, the Ride has allowed us to build continued, long-lasting relationships with several organizations that we have been involved with from the very beginning, and whose goals and visions are similar to our own.  There are several organizations that have received grants from the New York Ride for many years, but only the Teva Learning Center has been a grant recipient for every one of the New York Rides, 2001-2011.

The Teva Learning Center is North America’s foremost Jewish environmental institute, and works with Jewish day schools, congregational schools, synagogues, camps, and youth groups to provide a non-denominational environmental education to 6,000 participants each year.  Teva’s philosophy is based around the idea that “by immersing participants in the natural world and providing structured activities which sensitize them to nature’s rhythms, [Teva helps] them develop a more meaningful relationship with nature and their own Jewish practices.  The process also facilitates personal growth, community building, and a genuine commitment to tikkun olam, healing the world.”

Teva offers a variety of different educational programs designed for children of specific ages, and for adults.  They run programs at several beautiful sites throughout the Northeast and also sends educators to schools, synagogues, camps, and other community organizations if that group can’t make it to a Teva site.  Teva offers residential, hiking, and canoeing programs for different ages, as well as Shabbat retreats, and a seminar on Jewish environmental education designed for educators.  Teva has developed a diverse range of programs and is extremely flexible, willing to tailor programs to specific groups’ needs and interests.  All of Teva’s programs, no matter where they take place or for whom they are designed, focus on the importance of getting outdoors and learning from the natural world.

Hazon strongly supports Teva’s work, and we are excited to be able to continue to fund them through a New York Ride grant. Learn more about the Teva Learning Center, the New York Ride, and the 2011 grantees.  Help us support Teva and our other exciting grantees by registering for the Ride, or making a donation.

Read last week’s Grantee Spotlight on Adamah!

UPDATE 1/4/12: Teva Learning Center is now known as the Teva Learning Alliance.

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