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Hazon Educational Library: Sustainability

Judaism and Food Waste Source Sheet

by Lior Gross and Hazon
This source sheet is a dive into Jewish tradition's commentary on prohibitions against wanton waste, environmental stewardship, responsibility for community members in need, and responses to hunger and surplus. We hope that it serves to mobilize Jewish communities to act on climate change and food injustice by reducing food waste, keeping it out of landfills, and transforming it to reduce food insecurity.

Setting a Conscious Table – four questions to help you prepare a Passover Seder

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.

Tie-Dye and Tekhelet

by Stephanie Salem
de Toledo High School
This program introduces participants to natural tie dyes, introduces the concept of tchelet, and is meant to help participants enhance their observation skills by considering what natural materials could lend themselves to different colored dyes.
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A Hanukkah Dilemma: Dairy Making, Judith and the Dairy Industry

by Liana Rothman
Isabella Freedman
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.
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Let’s Eat! Why Do We Eat Together?

by Cole Siegel
Isabella Freedman
This program is designed to be primarily a discussion based around eating, looking both at Jewish texts as well as secular contemporary sources.
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Pasture Politics: Exploring the Tragedy of the Common

by Clara Feigelson
Pearlstone Center
This program is an introduction to collective responsibility as humans to each other and the Earth in the context of games.

Tu B’shvat Outdoor Adventure

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.
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dTHS Stands in Solidarity with the Global Climate Strike

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.
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Perek Shirah In the Woods: Discovering Songs

by Sarah Rockford
Colby College
This activity is designed to take Perek Shirah off the page and onto the trail?using it as a Jewish tool of observation, discovery, and reflection on the natural world.

CSA Program Write Up

by Hannah Fine
Hazon Detroit
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.
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Climate Change Time Machine All Camp Program

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!

Eco-Kosher: Innovation in Jewish Tradition through an Environmental Lens

by Sarah Rockford
Colby College
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?
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Topsy Turvy Bus

by Hannah Fine
Hazon Detroit
This curriculum engages students with the Topsy Turvy Bus and its sustainable attributes and teaches about sunlight and vegetable oil as alternative energy sources.

Shmita Resource Library

Hazon Detroit
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.

Shabbat Ha’aretz

by Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook
Hazon
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.
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