Welcome to JOFFICE SPACE!
In this new podcast series from Hazon, co-hosts Hannah Henza and Yoshi Silverstein explore the interdependent ecosystem of people and organizations shaping the world of Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education today. Thanks for listening!
After you’ve listened, meet some of these folks in person! Join us at the 2019 JOFEE Network Gathering: Aug 30, 2019 – Sep 2, 2019 at Urban Adamah in Berkeley and Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA!
How to Listen:
Episode 8: JOFEE Archives: Elizabeth Andre Keynote JNG 2018
This special edition episode presents the Keynote from JOFEE Network Gathering 2018.
In her address, Dr. Elizabeth Andre talks about diversity in the outdoor education field, and shares findings from her work. Her teachings about privilege and diversity inform how we are hoping to expand our JOFEE work to be genuinely inclusive. We are so grateful for her support of JOFEE, and hope to build on the themes in her presentation this year at JOFEE Network Gathering. We hope you enjoy listening to Dr. Elizabeth Andre speaking at last year’s JNG.
Dr. Andre is a professor of Nature and Culture at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Northland College has a specific focus on progressive environmentalism and sustainability, and Dr. Andre teaches courses such as Winter Travel & Living skills and Interpretation of the Apostle Lands.
Episode 7: JOFEE Archives: Cohort 3 closing with Nigel Savage (Hazon), Steven Green (Jim Joseph Foundation) and JOFEE Fellows
This special edition episode of JOFFICE Space offers a peek into the insider fellowship cohort experience. Steven Green, from the Jim Joseph Foundation, shares JOFEE torah with the fellows, as well as why JOFEE is important to the field of Jewish education.
Next, the cohort meets with Nigel Savage, CEO of Hazon. Nigel speaks to the fellows about JOFEE successes, and answers a personal/professional question from each one. Fellows have the opportunity to share personal highlights with Nigel and Steven in order to process and report back about their incredible work.
If you are curious about the experience of a JOFEE fellow, this is a great episode to get yourself better acquainted with the ins and outs of the fellowship.
We hope to see you at the JOFEE Network Gathering from August 29 – September 2, at Urban Adamah in Berkeley, and Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA.
Episode 6: Urban Adamah
In episode six of JOFFICE Space, we interview Ari Eisen and Rachel Binstock from Urban Adamah. Ari is the Public Programs and Retreat Center Director, and Rachel is the Director of the Urban Adamah Fellowship.
We discuss how JOFEE spaces have become a new type of entry points to Jewish life, and the Jewish values at their cores. At Urban Adamah, the value of Peah, giving away food to those in need is centered in their programs.
Together, we look forward to grappling with concepts of place-based Judaism on Indigenous land as a community at the JOFEE Network Gathering.
After you listen, make sure to follow Urban Adamah on Facebook and @urbanadamah on Instagram. We also hope you join us at the 2019 JOFEE Network Gathering: Aug 30, 2019 – Sep 2, 2019 at Urban Adamah in Berkeley and Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA.
Episode 5: Abundance Farm
In episode five, we interview Rabbi Jacob Fine and Rebecca Leung from Abundance Farm. R Jacob is the Director and Rebecca is Farm Educator and a JOFEE Fellow. Tune in to hear more about their work! R Jacob talks about the role of Abundance Farm in a network of community organizations. Rebecca shares insights about relationships to land in production, educational, and Jewish settings.
Additional highlights include discussion of Northampton as a center for sustainable agriculture, and the overall progress of the educational garden movement.
We end by hearing their advice for communities wishing to get involved in JOFEE work.
After you listen, make sure to follow Abundance Farm on Facebook and @abundancefarm on Instagram. We also hope you join us at the 2019 JOFEE Network Gathering: Aug 30, 2019 – Sep 2, 2019 at Urban Adamah in Berkeley and Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA.
Episode 4: JOFEE Team
In episode four, Yoshi and Hannah interview… each other! Listen up for great wisdom from their work as the JOFEE program team at Hazon. The delights, challenges, and fascinations with strengthening a professional web of JOFEE are shared in this episode.
Additional highlights include how JOFEE weaves together a web of individuals for broader change and impact; how Jewish camping as a movement can be seen as a useful parallel for the work we’re doing; and highlights and lessons from our own professional growth and journey both separately and as a team.
We end by discussing how we stay actively and personally connected to nature in addition to our active professional JOFEE careers. Hannah reminds us all to just “get outside” and we hope you join us at the 2019 JOFEE Network Gathering: Aug 30, 2019 – Sep 2, 2019 at Urban Adamah in Berkeley and Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA.
Episode 3: Hazon Detroit
In episode three we spend time with Hazon Detroit Director, Wren Hack, and Manager of Sustainability and Outdoor Engagement, Brittany Feldman. Tune in to hear about the Metro Detroit commitment to authenticity in multicultural partnerships, solar energy production, and regional farming knowledge. They are a great example of a team who juggles many different projects while nurturing strong interpersonal relationships.
After you listen, follow Hazon Detroit on Facebook and Instagram; and join us at the 2019 JOFEE Network Gathering: Aug 30, 2019 – Sep 2, 2019 at Urban Adamah in Berkeley and Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA.
Episode 2: Shoresh
In episode two we interview legendary JOFEE educator and Shoresh Executive Director Risa Alyson Cooper, and Cohort 3 JOFEE Fellow and Shoresh Assistant Director Jared Kaminsky. What a blast! Listen in to hear about Shoresh’s commitment to community supported beekeeping, formative rendezvous-by-canoe JOFEE experiences in the pale Canadian moonlight, and how to center your heart-based work as an educator even while holding all the responsibilities of running a non-profit organization.
After you listen follow Shoresh over on Facebook and Instagram; and join us at the 2019 JOFEE Network Gathering: Aug 30, 2019 – Sep 2, 2019 at Urban Adamah in Berkeley and Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma, CA.
Episode 1: GrowTorah
In episode 1 we interview the folks at GrowTorah: Yosef Gillers, Chief Soul and Soil Cultivator (AKA Founder, Executive Director) and Sara Just-Michael, Lashon HaTov (“good speech”) Propagator (AKA Communications Associate + Garden Educator). Sara JM is also a fellow in the current cohort of the JOFEE Fellowship!
We chat about:
- How GrowTorah was originally conceived, incubated, and founded;
- Why they’re filling a pressing need in the Orthodox Jewish community;
- How Torah informs their work and programs;
- The four core curricular values at the foundation of all the nature-based Jewish learning experiences they cultivate;
And much, much more.
Come dig in with us!
JOFFICE SPACE is co-hosted and produced by Yoshi Silverstein, Director of the JOFEE Fellowship, and Hannah Henza, JOFEE Program Manager. Season One is edited by our summer JOFEE programs intern Leora Nevins, and distributed by the Hazon Marketing & Communications team.
JOFEE programs are made possible by a growing web of staff, participants, volunteers, lay leaders, donors, organizations, institutions, and foundations. In particular, our national JOFEE work at Hazon is made possible by funding from the Jim Joseph Foundation.