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How to Build a Community in Two Not-So-Easy Steps: A Lesson from Shelach | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

How to Build a Community in Two Not-So-Easy Steps: A Lesson from Shelach | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 23rd, 2017

Chelsea Stephens - Hazon - Teva Parshat Shelach When we pulled up, the gate was locked. We didn’t have anyone’s number. We didn’t really know if we were in the right spot. Luckily though — for me and the two co-workers (and best[...]

Calling the Congregation - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Calling the Congregation - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 20th, 2017

Jacob Weiss - Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Parashat Beha’alotcha “Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them; and they shall be unto thee for the calling of the congregation... And when they shall blow with[...]

Walking Behind Kindess: Parashat Naso | D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Walking Behind Kindess: Parashat Naso | D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 9th, 2017

Jaclyn Kellner - Coastal Roots Farm; Encinitas, CA “I’d like to go to the fields and glean among the ears of grain behind someone who may show me kindness.” This statement, from Ruth to Naomi in the Book of Ruth, holds so[...]

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Parsha Behar - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

May 25th, 2017

Parsha Behar By: Emily Blustein - Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta - Atlanta, GA   Rest for the land, rest for the people, all will be provided. This week we are reading Behar which tells us about shmitah and jubilee. Shmitah is during[...]

Old Stones, New Ripples - Reflections on the Close of JOFEE Fellowship Cohort 1 | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Old Stones, New Ripples - Reflections on the Close of JOFEE Fellowship Cohort 1 | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

May 18th, 2017

by Yoshi Silverstein - JOFEE Fellowship Director May 18th, 2017 | 22nd Iyar 5777 | 37th day of the omer | gevurah she’b’yesod 16 Organizations. 17 Fellows. Over 500 programs. An estimated 37,000 participants in Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education[...]

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Changing the world, one (JOFEE) Fellow at a time…

May 18th, 2017

From Nigel Savage May 18th, 2017 | 22nd Iyar 5777 | 37th day of the omer | gevurah she’b’yesod Changing the world, one (JOFEE) Fellow at a time… Dear All, 16 partner organizations. 17 JOFEE Fellows. Over 500 discrete programs. And an estimated 37,000[...]

Learning Limits - D'Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Learning Limits - D'Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

May 11th, 2017

Learning Limits - Parasha Emor By: Leora Cockrell; Camp Tawonga - San Francisco, CA   This week’s Parsha, Emor, discusses priests, purity, prioritization and perfection. The specifics of which are either largely outdated (I haven’t recently checked to make sure my livestock’s legs[...]

Parsaha Acharei Mot - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsaha Acharei Mot - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

May 3rd, 2017

Parasha Acharei Mot By: Becca Heisler; Wilderness Torah - Berkeley, CA Parshat Acharei Mot, in the book of Vayikrah (Leviticus), brings a follow-up to the deaths of Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, who were consumed by fire before G-d for offering an[...]

Parasha Tazria-Metzora - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Tazria-Metzora - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 25th, 2017

Parasha Tazria-Metzora By: Margot Sands; Ekar Farm - Denver, CO This week’s Torah portion, Tazria-Metzora, continues to outline specific laws of purification for newborns, mothers, and sufferers of leprosy such as circumcision, immersing in the mikvah, and solitary confinement. Leprosy? Why is this disease[...]

Parasha Sh'mini - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Sh'mini - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 19th, 2017

Parasha Sh'mini By Ren Feldman; Eden Village Camp - Putnam Valley, NY   Last week many of us made a trek to our family’s, friend’s or parent’s home. Exiled from our ‘normal’ lives, we may have felt like slaves to the lurking particles[...]

This Passover, Take Action for the Climate – D’Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

This Passover, Take Action for the Climate – D’Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 13th, 2017

Rachel Aronson - JOFEE / Sustainability and Community Engagement Fellow, Hazon  Jews across the world this week commemorated leaving Egypt to become free people for the holiday of Passover. Friends and family sit around the table together for the seder, celebrating freedom with[...]

Parasha Tzav - D'Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Tzav - D'Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 5th, 2017

Parashat Tzav By: Rose Chernoff; Abundance Farm - Northampton, MA   In this week’s parsha, Tzav, we learn about the rules for how a priest/priestess is to keep the sacrificial fire burning. The instructions are to keep the fire burning all day and[...]

Parashat Pikudei - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parashat Pikudei - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 3rd, 2017

Parashat Pikudei By: Tzachi Flatt; Oshman JCC, Palo Alto, CA Parashat Pikudei tells the story of the construction of the Mishkan, built by the Israelite community under supervision of the Levites. While wandering in the desert, it became a source of comfort[...]

Parsha Ki Tisa - The Mitzvah of Tzedaka - D'Varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Ki Tisa - The Mitzvah of Tzedaka - D'Varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

March 10th, 2017

The Mitzvah of Tzedakah By: Nicole Cruz; Peninsula JCC - San Francisco, CA This week's Torah portion, Ki Tisa, tells the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from G-d (not once but twice) at Mount Sinai. The first set of Ten[...]

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert - D'varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert - D'varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

March 7th, 2017

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert: The Holy Gift of Service By: Daniella Aboody - Wilderness Torah, Berkeley California   This week's Torah portion is Terumah, which translates to "offering", "gift", or "contribution". In this parsha, God instructs Moses to build the Mishkan (tabernacle),[...]

Parsha Mishpatim - D'varim HaMakom: the JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Mishpatim - D'varim HaMakom: the JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 23rd, 2017

Parsha Mishpatim By: Danielle Smith - Eden Village Camp, Putnam Valley NY In last week’s parsha, we received the ten commandments. Before we receive the golden calf, we have nearly a whole parsha of laws showing us how to apply the commandments[...]

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Parsha Yitro - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 21st, 2017

By - Tzachi Flat, Oshman Family JCC - Palo Alto, CA In This week’s Torah portion, Yitro, Moses tells his stepfather Jethro the story of the Israelites escape from Egypt. Jethro is very pleased with the story and recites a prayer[...]

Parsha Beshalach - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Beshalach - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 9th, 2017

Blessings, on Blessings, on Blessings: Faith and Wonderment in Beshalach and Tu B'shvat Shani Mink - Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown MD In the parsha of Beshalach we have finally emerged from the darkness of egypt and we are now headed into a different[...]

Parsha Va'eira - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Va'eira - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

January 27th, 2017

Parsha Va'eira Liora Lebowitz - Jewish Farm School - Philadelphia, PA Power from the People: A Story of How Moshe and Aharon Led the Israelite Resistance The parsha Va’eira is the story of Moshe and Aharon’s attempts to free the Israelite people from[...]

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Transitions & beginnings / a first-ever joint email...

January 17th, 2017

Dear All, This past Shabbat, we read the last chapter of Bereishit, the book of Genesis. On Sunday and Monday, we celebrated MLK weekend. And this coming Shabbat, we start the book of Shmot, the book of Exodus. Bereishit is a story[...]