Hazon Educational Library: Environmental Justice
The Hazon Shmita Sourcebook presents a guided exploration of the history, concepts, and practices of Shmita, from debt forgiveness to agricultural rest, economic adjustment to charitable giving. The updated sourcebook explores texts and commentaries that build the framework of Shmita within the biblical and rabbinic tradition, as well as contemporary voices that speak to Shmita as it relates to our modern world.
Category: Environmental Justice, Food, Food Systems & Food Justice, Hazon Publications, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Social Justice, Sustainability
This Guide is designed to be an interesting educational resource and discussion stimulator as well as a practical set of tips and tools for you to adopt. The goal is for you to more closely align your Shabbat practices with your sustainability and Jewish values.
A Sukkot resource packet with everything you need to shake sustainable, local lulavim. Filled with relevant educational materials, practical shaking and assembly instructions, and accessible spiritual and environmental insights. Created for the Metro Detroit community.
Category: Environmental Justice, Hazon Publications, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Jewish Ritual, Nature and Outdoors, Nature Exploration, Sukkot
The Greening Chanukah Guide offers an overview of Chanukah through the lens of sustainability. Find tips and tricks for greening your holiday and learn more about the environmental implications of oil production to help create a healthier and more sustainable world for all!
The connection between industrial animal agriculture and climate change is significant. But why and how is that so? This two-page source sheet presents a string of data that tells a concise and compelling story of the connection between industrial animal agriculture and climate change. Based on the writings of Jonathan Safran Foer in his book We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast.
by Aliza Heeren
Eden Village Camp
Storyline: It's the year 3019 and life is pretty grim. And all of the environmental ethics that we knew in 2019 have been lost to history. It's up to us to go back in time to 2019 to save the future!
Age(s): Middle School
by Hannah Fine
This program seeks to engage the Detroit and metro Detroit Jewish community in an intentional, educational, local, and sustainable food buying practice with clear roots in community and Jewish tradition.
Category: Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Food Justice, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Sustainability
by Sarah Rockford
How can we use concepts of environmentalism to augment and evolve our understanding of what constitutes kosher food? What if we draw on the concept of kashrut and go beyond it to try out a new word: eco-kashrut?
Category: Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Food Justice, Jewish Food traditions, Sustainability
by Stephanie Salem
de Toledo High School
This program will introduce participants to the Jewish brachot over food and educate them about the food supply chain.
Age(s): Young Adult
de Toledo High School
This is a collection of shmita resources from all across the internet that Hazon has brought together in one place. Curricula, educational materials, essays, articles, audio, and video.
Category: Environmental Justice, Food, Food Systems & Food Justice, Hazon Publications, Hebrew Calendar, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Jewish Food traditions, Social Justice, Sustainability
by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
Rav Kook's Introduction to Shabbat Ha'Aretz is the first-ever English translation of the introduction to a book on shmita (Biblical sabbatical year) by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of the land of Israel in the 20th century. His essay, written in 1909, is lyrical and mystical, a meditation on the big themes that underlie religious environmentalism.
by Shani Mink
This program presents students with the opportunity to delve deeply into the hidden messages of verse 50b of the Bava Kama (the stones text). Through text study, discussion and a hands-on activity, students will explore their relationship with the public domain. After investigating the myriad ways in which we might violate the public domain, students will actively nurture the public domain through shared intentions for community prosperity hidden inside a seed ball or planted beneath a tree.
Category: Environmental Justice, Food Systems & Food Justice, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Ritual-Making
by Nicole Cruz
'The Stones' text, from Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Bava Kama 50b, brings its readers back to ancient times. However, the lessons that can be learned from this text transcend time. In this program, participants will delve deep into 'The Stones' text, making connections relevant to today's world. Through this discussion, participants will discover what defines a community, and how in order to make an impact in a community, we must find a balance between protecting the Earth and meeting our own personal needs.
by Rose Benjamin
This program is an introduction to the workers within the American food system, ranging from migrant farm workers, to CEOs of large GMO's, to the average consumer in Berkeley, CA. This program reflects on the Jewish morals of Oschek (how to treat laborers) and explores this morals' relevance to our American food system. Lastly, this program encourages participants to reflect on their role as a consumer, and how to use their privilege and power in a positive way.
Category: Environmental Justice, Food & Climate, Food Systems & Food Justice, Jewish Agricultural Traditions
by Emily Glick
Hazon - Teva
The Topsy Turvy Bus facilitates rethinking the current, nonrenewable, and often damaging systems of the world we live in. This summer's theme was focused on water usage and conservation. Through hands on activities, the programs aims for participants to understand how we can keep our resources in the cycle. Specifically, this curriculum touches upon the carbon cycle, the soil cycle, and the water cycle. This station was one stop on a 4 station rotation.