Hazon Educational Library: Jewish Ritual
Passover on the Farm
by Molly Sease
Milk and Honey Farm
This program was designed for families with young children to connect with each other, their community, and the earth through multi-sensory activities centered around Passover and the coming of spring.
Age(s): Early Childhood with Parents
Soil Safari – Exploring the Subterra Universe
by Jessica Wolfe
This Tamarack Camps program is an introduction into the wide array of soil types and different life forms that exist in our soil. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different soil types, learn methods of sustainable and organic farming practices and explore the Jewish connection to the soil.
Category: Food waste, Hebrew Calendar, Jewish Agricultural Traditions
Tags: Food, garden, jewish agriculture, organic farming, soil, Tamarack
Age(s): Young Adult
Judaism and Immigration Justice – What the Book of Ruth has to Teach
by Liana Rothman
This program will be a poetry workshop preparing teens or adults for Tikkun Leil Shavuot (all night studying) through an immersive and meaningful poetry workshop.
Category: Shabbat and Holidays, Social Justice
Tags: immigration, jewish history, poetry, ruth, Social Justice, stories
Age(s): Adults, High School
Jewish Journey Walk
by Noah Weinberg
This program was created as a non-traditional/siddur-based Zman Kodesh (sacred/prayer time) option on Shabbatonim or normal school days. The intention is to get students outside, moving/walking and connecting with each other and their environment by sharing their Jewish Journeys.
Category: Shabbat and Holidays, Spiritual Nature Experience
Tags: jewish tradition, learning, outdoors, prayer, sharing
Age(s): High School
by Sarah Julia Seldin
Jewish Farmer Network
This program is an introduction to the intersection of Judaism and agriculture, woven through the experience of a Shabbat dinner with blessings, food, conversation Jews as a people of the land.
The First Cheese
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
Tags: Cheese, food choices, Shavuot
Post-Pesach Wild Edibles Hike
by Beth Denaburg
This program brings the Biblical story of Pesach into a modern urban nature setting. Participants are encouraged to take on the roles of wandering Israelites recently escaped from Egypt, while also learning about the plants that are safe and good to eat from the natural setting currently surrounding them.
Age(s): Middle School
Shmita Resource Library
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
Tags: earth-care, farm and garden, food justice, gratitude, Shmita, Talmud, Text, torah
Age(s): Adults, B'nai Mitzvah, Teens, Young Adults
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.
Tags: earth-care, farm and garden, Shmita, Text, torah
by Yigal Deutscher, Anna Hanau, and Nigel Savage
The Shmita Sourcebook is designed to encourage participants to think critically about the Shmita Cycle – its values, challenges, and opportunities – and how this tradition might be applied in a modern context to support building healthier and more sustainable Jewish communities today.The Shmita Sourcebook is a 120-page sourcebook that draws on a range of texts from within Jewish tradition and time, tracing the development and evolution of Shmita from biblical, historical, rabbinic, and contemporary perspectives.
Category: Food Systems & Food Justice, Hazon Publications, Hebrew Calendar, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Jewish Food traditions, Social Justice, Sustainability
Tags: Culture, farm and garden, nature, Shmita, Text
Age(s): Adults, B'nai Mitzvah, Teens, Young Adults
Setting the Table
by Liz Traison and Daniel Infeld
Starting a family commences a period of change. Expectant parents very quickly transition from thinking for themselves to providing for a new life, and the preparation and anticipation can be overwhelming. Especially when thinking about how we want to feed our new families. Setting the Table is designed to help couples think through these challenges with a Jewish lens.
Category: Cooking and Nutrition, Food, Hazon Publications, Ritual-Making
Tags: Adult learning, cooking, early childhood, farm and garden, ritual, Text
Green Kiddush Guide
by Becca Linden and Becky O'Brien
Included in this guide for synagogues are specific suggestions on how to schedule and promote a vegetarian Green Kiddush, a list of concrete ways to make it “green,” tips associated with each suggestion, and templates of educational signage.
Category: Food, Food waste, Hazon Publications, Shabbat and Holidays, Sustainability
Age(s): Adults, B'nai Mitzvah
Sukkot, the Jewish Earth Day
by Darya Watnick
Edlavitch DC JCC
This program is designed to engage families with young children with the holiday of Sukkot and the festival's connection to nature and the environment. Through stories, activities and arts & crafts, families will begin to develop a relationship to the rituals and traditions of Sukkot and think about their own connection to the natural world.
Age(s): Early Childhood, Elementary, Families
Throwing Stones or Throwing Flowers: Exploring Our Relationship with the Public Domain
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
Tags: Adult learning, earth-care, land ownership, public domain, self-care, Stones, Talmud, Text
Age(s): Adults, Teens, Young Adults
Alef Elul: Jewish New Year for Animals
by Jaclyn Kellner
Coastal Roots Farm
During this program participants will celebrate this holiday through hands-on crafts, a ritual and by learning about heritage breed chickens. The final portion of the program is written here as a panel discussion but can be any type of learning relevant to your organization and audience
Age(s): Adults, B'nai Mitzvah, Families, Teens, Young Adult