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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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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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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.

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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Home Experience: Elderberry Syrup Buffet

by Chelsea Taxman
Eden Village Camp
Elderberry Syrup Buffet is a hands-on lesson about simple plant medicine making with tangible connections to place and seasons.
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Intro to Privilege and Oppression

by Cole Siegel
Isabella Freedman
This program will provide a basic understanding of concepts such as privilege, oppression, power, socialization and identities. It will provide definitions and explanations of concepts so that participants will be able to have a shared language.
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Bringing the Book Outdoors: The Shema

by Beth Denaburg
Shoresh
This program is a text study with an accompanying nature walk. The text study dives into the environmental teachings within the full text, and the night-time nature walk uses the Shema for inspiration to open our ears to nature and the divine.
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Shalom Institute Toddler Family Camp: Sukkot Style!

by Allison Blonder
Shalom Institute
Experience the magic of Jewish summer camp with your family! Enjoy action-packed (or leisurely) days and nights to create a lifetime of memories together. Celebrate Shabbat with the JCA community, learn more about Sukkot, enjoy an unplugged weekend in nature, and enjoy activities centered around the values of Kehilla (community) and Shomrei Adamah (keepers of the Earth).
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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!

Where Does Your Food Come From?

by Stephanie Salem
de Toledo High School
This program will introduce participants to the Jewish brachot over food and educate them about the food supply chain.
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Tiyul Adventure Camp?s Israel Day at Pearlstone

by P Stern Christian
Pearlstone Center
Tiyul Camp?s Israel Day introduces campers to Israeli culture by using personal and Biblical stories as teaching tools, prioritizing experiences of togetherness and nature connection, rather than specific content goals.
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Milkweed and Monarchs

by Rebecca Leung
Abundance Farm
This program is an introduction to the life cycle of a milkweed plant and its connection to the life cycle of monarch butterflies. Participants will have the opportunity to identify and plant milkweed and learn a song in Hebrew about butterflies.
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It?s All About Perspective: What Kind of Spy Are You?

by Sara Just-Michael
Grow Torah
This program is designed to have students deepen their connection with nature by looking at all the details and empowering them to use their positive brain instead of their negative brain. Participants will also have a greater understanding and connection to the story of the Jewish peoples first look into Israel.

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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Jewish Medicinall Herb Learning: Flower Essences

by Chelsea Taxman
Eden Village Camp
Flower Essences is a hands-on lesson about plant medicine making for mind and spirit. Participants will learn about the history of flower essences, how it relates to Judaism, and then create their own essence with intention.
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Judaism and Immigration Justice – What the Book of Ruth has to Teach

by Liana Rothman
Isabella Freedman
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.