New Shmita Learning Series Opens in the East Bay, CA

Shmita, literally translated as the ‘Year of Release’ and more widely known as the Sabbatical Year, is a biblical tradition, which, once every seven years  simultaneously re-adjusted agriculture and commerce on a national scale, to ensure an equitable, just and healthy society. During the Shmita year, debts would be forgiven, agricultural lands would lie fallow, private land holdings would become open to the commons, and staples such as food storage and perennial harvests would be redistributed and accessible to all. Shmita was a radical notion that had profound impact on all aspects of life.

You are invited to come to Urban Adamah for a 3-part learning series, where we will explore together, through group study, the historical and spiritual significance of Shmita, as well as how we might begin to reclaim this tradition as a system for holistic cultural design much needed today. The learnings will be facilitated by Yigal Deutscher, manager of Hazon’s Shmita Project.

This learning series will meet on three consecutive Wednesdays, from 7-9pm in the Big Tent at Urban Adamah.  Chai tea will be served.

April 10th: Cultural Rest & the Cycle of Seven

April 17th: The Agricultural Paradigm of the Shmita Cycle

April 24th: The Economic Paradigm of the Shmita Cycle

Each class will build on the previous session, so we encourage attendance at all three. However, even if you can only make one or two of the offerings, you are welcome to join us.

Cost: Shmita imagines a world rooted in generosity, fairness and reciprocity. In this spirit, we are offering these classes on a donation basis. Please share what you can. (Classes at Urban Adamah usually range from $5-$15, so you might consider using this as an estimate.)

Location: Urban Adamah is located at 1050 Parker St, between San Pablo Ave and 10th Street, in West Berkeley.

More on The Shmita Project…

The Shmita Project, a program of Hazon, is as an open educational platform for individuals and communities working towards establishing a new vision for the Shmita tradition. At the core of our work are these questions:

  • What might the Shmita year look like in our modern era?
  • How might we best renew our relationship with this tradition?
  • How might the values of the Shmita Cycle hold the key to approaching the economic, environmental and societal challenges we are facing today?



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