Hazon Educational Library: Shabbat
Shabbat Sustainable Resources
Category: Shabbat and Holidays
Exploring Do it Yourself Judaism: Crafting Hand Dipped Beeswax Shabbat Candles
by Aliza Heeren
Eden Village Camp
In this program, participants explore the intention of Shabbat and the traditional and modern meaning and purpose of lighting Shabbat candles. Participants learn about the value of making Jewish ritual objects by hand, and get a small taste of the exciting world of bees!
Category: Crafting + DIY, Pollinators, Ritual-Making, Shabbat and Holidays
Age(s): Adults, Middle School, Youth
Making Grape Juice
by Rebecca Leung
This program is a lesson on making grape juice from grapes. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss what makes grape juice holy.
Category: Jewish Food traditions, Ritual-Making, Shabbat and Holidays
Tags: bracha, DIY, grape juice, Shabbat
Age(s): Middle School
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
Sacred Time and Space: A Stone’s Text Application
by Zach Goldberg
Ramah in the Rockies + Congregation Bonai Shalom
This program is an activity meant for a Shabbaton retreat to get people ready spiritually for shabbos and invoke deep questioning.
Category: Group-building, Ritual-Making, Shabbat and Holidays
Tags: Group Building, ritual, Shabbat, Shabbaton, Spirituality, Stones, Text Learning
Age(s): Adults, Young Adults
An Exploration of Jewish Time and Space
by Rachel Binstock
This session activates participants with a philosophical framing of holiness in time and space using Heschel's The Sabbath. Participants then map out the holiday cycle and follow its path around the seasons, moons, solar cycle, and cardinal directions illuminating the layers of connection between the Jewish concept of time and nature's. This brainstorm then leads participants into chevruta to dive deeper into learning of the main harvest holidays using Waskow's Seasons of Our Joy. All of this sets participants up to make a physical representation of Jewish time in the form of a multi-layered calendar. This calendar will hang in our office and will be used as a teaching tool to help us orient visitors to what's alive in time, both Jewishly and environmentally.
Tags: Hebrew Calendar, Heschel, Holidays, Jewish Time, Shabbat, Waskow
Food Justice Shabbat Dinner
by Michael Fraade
Jewish Community of Louisville
This program brought members of the Jewish community together for a Shabbat dinner that highlighted local and ethically sourced ingredients while educating participants about issues of food justice in our city. The dinner included sharing stories, discussion questions, and conversations about ways to help promote equal food access. We partnered with a local food justice nonprofit to help facilitate the discussion and publicize upcoming partnerships between their organization and the JCC.
Category: Food & Climate, Food Systems & Food Justice, Jewish Agricultural Traditions, Shabbat and Holidays
Shabbat: Earth-Based Technology for Young Adults in Silicon Valley
by Sofia Marbach
This is designed as a one evening program that frames Shabbos as an earth-based technology of connection. This collective welcoming of Shabbat is designed for young adults ages 22-39 across the spectrum of religious observance (Jewish and non-Jewish alike). This 45 minute program is crafted to lead into Shabbat dinner or another gathering and can function both as a basic introduction to Shabbat practice for those for whom it is new, and a new earth-based framework for those already at home in Shabbat ritual. Also note this program is designed based on the 8 Shields model.
Tags: community, gathering, ritual, Shabbat, Silicon Valley, Technology, young adults
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
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.
Age(s): Adults, Teens, Young Adults
Shabbat, Melachot, and Challah-cover making
by Rachel Aronson
This lesson introduces students to traditional Jewish understandings of work and rest. They will understand that ?work? traditionally meant interacting with the environment, and the connection between melachot and shabbat. They will also create challah covers and learn about Shabbat symbols like challah and challah covers.
Category: Crafting + DIY, Shabbat and Holidays, Sustainability
Tags: Challah cover, hebrew school, Melachot, ritual objects, Shabbat
Age(s): B'nai Mitzvah
Farm to Friday Nosh:pitality Shabbat
by Amanda Herring
Shabbat is a time to sit and enjoy good food and good company, sourcing your food intentionally can bring a new level of mindful gratitude to your dinner table. It can also be delicious and filling! Shabbat rituals can be adapted to be relevant to your life, and the season. Local urban farms are doing amazing work in the D.C. area and our Jewish values teach us to support their work in any way we can. You can replicate this celebration at your Shabbats by thinking sustainably and seasonally, and reaching out to local farms.
Becoming Shomrei Adamah
by Bailey Lininger
This is a program that is intended to serve a large audience with a wide age range and little or no experience in the natural world or with nature-based Judaism. It is a stations-based program in which small groups (in this case, groups of 4-8) travel from activity to activity on a rotation, spending about twenty minutes at each station. In order to serve such a wide age range and interest/experience level, the stations are diverse in topic and activity, with the intention that all participants will find themselves challenged and engaged in at least a few of the activities, if not all.
Category: Food & Climate, Group-building, Nature Exploration, Sustainability
Tags: Families, Large group, Shabbat, Shabbaton, Shomrei Adamah, Stations
Age(s): Adults, B'nai Mitzvah, Early Childhood, Elementary, Families, Teens, Young Adults