Hazon Educational Library: Food & Climate
From the Jewish Climate Network: We are asking our community to place an ice block beside the Seder plate and open up a conversation about climate change this year, while linking it to the fundamental themes of Pesach. The ice block represents the rapidly melting ice caps and sheets throughout the world caused by human activity. As the ice block shvitzes on our Seder table, we are reminded that time isrunning out for action. It becomes a physical prompt to ask questions, much like the other Seder table objects prompt questions. To support these questions the JCN has created a printable Ice Block Challenge guide that can be incorporated into Seder night.
There are many options to preserve each season's harvest, including canning, vinegar pickling, drying, blanching and freezing. This particular activity teaches lacto-fermentation pickling - an easy, fun and extremely health-friendly method of food preservation. Participants will take home a jar of their own and in a few days will be able to eat their own pickles!
Microgreens are mini versions of regular vegetables. The shoots are harvested at a young age, before they grow into fully matured plants. They have a wonderful flavor and are richer in nutrition than their larger counterparts. Best of all, microgreens are fun and easy to grow!
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.
JIFA and Hazon
As you prepare for the Passover seder this year, consider using these four questions to help inform your own conscious food choices, and to enhance your discussions with family and friends during the holiday.
by Liana Rothman
Three-fold workshop, which involves delving into the history of dairy on Hanukkah, making cheese and butter, and a discussion about the dairy industry and striving towards greater ethical consumption under capitalism, under the lens of our environmental crisis.
by Hannah Fine
Breaking Bread Together was a community event of cross-cultural engagement over local, regeneratively grown, heritage grains.
by Jessica Wolfe
Students will learn how the Jewish holidays relate to the water cycle. We will look at the water cycle of North East United States & Israel to compare and contrast the differences between the water cycles in each region and the holidays that occur during those times.
Age(s): Middle School
by Beth Denaburg
The series of programs focuses on the interconnections between Judaism, nature, and food - aiming to explore the threads of interconnectedness that bind people, plants, pollinators, soil, and Jewish traditions.
by Molly Sease
Milk and Honey Farm
This is a scavenger hunt style program designed as a celebration of Tu B?shvat, the New Year for the Trees. Through a variety of hands-on activities and exploration, students will connect with the holiday through the lens of contemporary Jewish environmental values and will learn the importance of self-and earth care as a whole.
Category: Food & Climate, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Spiritual Nature Experience, Sustainability
by Stephanie Salem
de Toledo High School
The goal of the program is to educate students and faculty about the global climate crisis and provide them with tangible tools as individuals and as a community to help combat the issue.
Age(s): High School
by Cole Siegel
Participants will learn to make ricotta cheese from fresh goat milk, while digging into various Jewish and secular texts, guided by the question: ?Why do we eat dairy on this holiday??
Category: Food & Climate, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Jewish Food traditions, Shabbat and Holidays
by Hannah Fine
This curriculum engages students with the Topsy Turvy Bus and its sustainable attributes and teaches about sunlight and vegetable oil as alternative energy sources.
A discussion guide to We Are the Weather, the latest book by bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer. Hazon created this guide to be used by Jewish educators to explore how Judaism compels us to respond to the current climate crisis.