Hazon Educational Library: Food
The Three Sisters in Kehilla: The Power of Teamwork
by Anika Rice
This lesson makes a connection between how both plants and people live in community. On the farm, plants and other organisms are giving and receiving help from one another all of the time. This is reciprocity. Companion planting is the technique of sowing two crops together for a specific purpose, often pest control, space use or yield maximization. Native Americans have been planting the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) in one plot for generations. Not only does this trio help each other grow and use nutrients efficiently, but they have higher yields when planted together, and form a nutritious diet. People also need each other: to learn, to pray and to live a spiritual life. When we work in chevruta (learning partners) or are part of a minyan (prayer group), everyone involved can benefit from the group. We are individuals, but our communities are greater than the sum of their parts.
Tags: community, companion planting, Culture, farm and garden, indigenous, kilayim, native american, permaculture, Three sisters
Age(s): B'nai Mitzvah, Early Childhood, Elementary
Pickling and Food Justice
by Rachel Aronson
This program provides an introduction to pickling and an overview of food justice issues. Participants will leave with a jar of pickles and knowledge of the pickling process, and with deeper insight into the importance of local food and workers' rights in the food system.
Tags: classroom, DIY, food justice, Pickling
Gratitude: God, Heschel, and Neruda
by Henry Schmidt
An hour-long program designed to explorer Heschel's philosophy of Radical Amazement. It is a lower-energy, discussion-based program that benefits from a garden or similarly beautiful location.
Tags: discussion, farm and garden, fruit, gratitude, mindfulness, poetry, Text, vegetables
by Rebecca Remis
Eden Village West
Learn about and enact the value of peah through harvesting a delicious summer treat and decide how much to donate. Share the remaining bounty with the camp community. Experience the joy in working hard and sharing the abundance (through recognition in the dining hall, working with a community organization, and leaving camp for a field trip)
Category: Food & Climate, Food Systems & Food Justice, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Nature Exploration
Tags: farm and garden, food justice, harvest, peah
Age(s): B'nai Mitzvah, Early Childhood, Elementary, Teens
Tu B’Shvat Family Nature Hike
by Jared Kaminsky
This program is an opportunity for families to celebrate Tu B'Shvat through learning about local ecology, connecting to nature, and understanding the essence of this Jewish holiday on a community hike.
Category: Group-building, Jewish Food traditions, Nature Exploration, Tu B'Shvat
Tags: forest school, nature, pine tea, scavenger hunt, Teva, trees, Tu B'Shvat, Wild Edibles
Bento Boxes and Jewish Food Blessings
by Elizabeth Kaplan
JCC of Greater Boston Discovery Club
This program offers a guided cooking workshop that integrates Jewish food practice and provides tools for families to use at home.
Tu B’Shvat Seder
by Michael Fraade
Jewish Community of Louisville
This program celebrates the holiday of Tu B'Svhat and includes both traditional rituals and modern connections to environmentalism and eco-friendly Jewish practice. The seder takes place as a full multi-course dinner, incorporating the four traditional types of fruit into four courses. Between each set of courses is a relevant activity or discussion, including a keynote panel with representatives from local environmental nonprofits.
Tags: community outreach, food justice, Seder, Tu B'Shvat, young adult
Pickling and Fermentation Workshop for Families
by Nicole Cruz
Explore new ways to preserve and eat seasonal food with your children in this easy and fun hands-on workshop. Learn about the history of pickling and its connections to Jewish traditions. In this workshop, we will create two different types of pickles- a 'quick' pickle using vinegar and a fermented pickle that you can take home to watch develop.
Wild and Wonderful Worms
by Brenden Jackson
Amir / Shalom Farm Houston
This program uses worms to explore how all of G-d's creatures work together to create a functioning garden/society/world. Participants will get the chance to explore the diverse ecosystem of healthy soil, specifically worms, and how it is because of this diversity that our garden can thrive. Students will also draw connections to their own differences between classmates, other community members, etc to see how all folks have a role to play creating a happy world. Using a simple prayer, participants will be able to connect how a praise to G-d for ?varied creatures? can apply to both humans and animals/insects.
Category: Animals, Food & Climate, Food Systems & Food Justice, Food waste
Tags: blessings, community, Compost, ecosystems, K'lal Yisrael, soil, worms
Age(s): Adults, B'nai Mitzvah, Early Childhood, Elementary, Families, Teens, Young Adults
Privilege and Oppression in Food System; Food Systems and Food Justice in the American Food System
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
Tags: consumerism, farm worker
Sukkot Harvest Festival DC
by Amanda Herring (OneTable), Mollie Sharfman (GatherDC), Elizabeth Heyman (Jews United for Justice)
Experience Sukkot as a celebration of the seasonal harvest while in an urban setting! Join us on an urban farm in downtown D.C. to celebrate the season's bounty with hands-on workshops and a farm-to-Sukkah feast grounded in the themes of the agricultural harvest festival. We invite you to end your week by taking a pause from the busyness of the city to connect with nature and eat from the harvest at Common Good City Farm. From a pickling lesson to tasting local seasonal ciders, we will come together and celebrate abundance both on the farm and in our lives.
Tags: 20s & 30s, cider, collaboration, community, farm and garden, local sourcing, ritual, seasonality, Shabbat, Stations, Sukkot, urban agriculture, young adults
Age(s): Young Adults
Tu B’Shvat Seder for JCC Staff
by Nicole Cruz
Celebrate Tu B'Svhat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees, at our PJCC staff Lunch & Learn. In honor of this year's Tu B'Svhat, we will be learning more about our relationship with nature through a Tu B'Svhat seder. The seder is divided into four sections, each representing one of the four worlds of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism. Join us as we explore each of these worlds through traditional Jewish fruits and nuts, ?wine' (aka grape juice), activities and more! Bring your lunch and learn more about the Jewish New Year of Trees in this engaging seder.
Tags: Seder, Staff, trees, Tu B'Shvat
Holy Compost! Sacred cycles of rest and work
by Ze'ev Gebler
This program combines a group walk to compost piles, and a look at vermicomposting bins, with a conversation about the Jewish value of distinguishing between rest and work. Participants will engage in text study and discuss the relationship between adding intention to our time with Shabbat, and adding intention to our space with the placement of compost.
License to Grill – Nosh:pitality
by Amanda Herring
This program is an interactive grilling lesson connected to the celebration of Lag B'Omer. Participants will have the opportunity to make several seasonal salads, learn about grilling methods and outdoor cooking, and learn what Lag B'Omer is in relation to the counting of the Omer and the Jewish Calendar.
Tags: Calendar, Grilling, Lag B'Omer, Omer, Outdoor, passover, Shavuot, young adult
Age(s): Families, Young Adults
by Alex Voynow
Jewish Farm School
A pickling workshop taught with the magic of clowning pedagogy!
Age(s): B'nai Mitzvah, Early Childhood, Elementary, Families