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Hazon Educational Library

Curricula, sourcebooks, and other educational resources from and for the field of Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education

This open source collection includes resources produced by individuals and organizations throughout the JOFEE field. >Our Educational Library, like our community, celebrates the diversity of religious observance and thought and we make every effort to accommodate the breadth and diversity of the Jewish community in our programs and curricula. We hope you will take and use what is appropriate for you and invite others to do the same.

While this resource will continue to grow and evolve, it currently includes:

  •  Hazon’s Publications (available online and in print)
  •  Curricula produced by JOFEE Fellows during their Fellowship year
  •  Curricula and resources shared from partner JOFEE organizations

All materials are available for free download. Most are available for use and adaptation under creative commons license. Please cite authors and organizations on any materials used or adapted from these resources.

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Sephirot Ha?Omer: Oracle Cards

by Chelsea Taxman
Eden Village Camp
Allow intuition to guide you. Explore what resonates for you. Leave behind what does not resonate. Ultimately, the oracle cards are you ? your connection, intuition and interpretation.
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Jewish Food for Thought: Caring for Pollinators

by Beth Denaburg
Shoresh
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.
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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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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!

Ruach: Torah of the Wind

by P Stern Christian
Pearlstone Center
The purpose of this program is for participants to begin to understand wind as an ecological force, and connect that understanding with ruach.

Making Grape Juice

by Rebecca Leung
Abundance Farm
This program is a lesson on making grape juice from grapes. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss what makes grape juice holy.

Rosh Hashana Symbolism Through Food

by Sara Just-Michael
Grow Torah
A Rosh Hashana seder during which you will be connecting food to different intentions for the new year.

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.

Mikveh: Jewish Ritual Immersion in Living Waters

by Sarah Julia Seldin
Jewish Farmer Network
This program leads participants in mikveh, Jewish ritual immersion, in a spring-fed stream.
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ZMAN KODESH ON THE FARM

by Noah Weinberg
Gann Academy
This program was created as a way to engage a group of a variety of comfort levels with prayer in an authentic yet accessible farm-based prayer experience.
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Meditative Kabbalat Shabbat on the Farm

by Liana Rothman
Isabella Freedman
Explore the landscape and tune into your spirituality by engaging with nature and self through song and silence.
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Hakarat Hatov

by Molly Sease
Milk and Honey Farm
This program is an exploration of the Jewish concept of hakarat hatov, or ?noticing the good?, understanding and expressing appreciation for all life and experiences in the garden or farm.
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Tiyul Jr at JKids Afterschool

by P Stern Christian
Pearlstone Center
This first session is meant to build the group dynamic, provide participants with a sense of place, and to have them practice intentionally using their senses to ask questions.
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WORMS!

by Jessica Wolfe
Isabella Freedman
This program is designed to help kids understand the values of Hachnasat Orchim and Bal Tashchit. Kids will have the opportunity to meet worms, explore the garden and enjoy a tasty snack. This program can be adapted to indoor locations during the colder months.