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Topsy Turvy Bus Tour

The bio-fueled environmental schoolhouse on wheels!

Through the Topsy Turvy Bus Tour, this mobile educational spectacle is showing communities that we have the power to change the course of history and flip the environmental damage we see around us on its head. Through hands-on programming with activities both on and off the bus, over 12,500 participants of all ages have experienced this unique Jewish environmental education learning space.

 

Bus History

The Topsy Turvy Bus was originally commissioned by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s and was built by Tom Kennedy and his partner, Haideen, at Tom Kennedy’s Art Cards shop in San Francisco, CA in 2007. The first tour was focused on reducing the wasteful spending of the Pentagon. The second tour was to advocate for the White House Organic Farm project.

Our Story

Over the past 7 years Teva has been on four unique adventures to open minds and stretch imaginations, showing communities all across the country the power we have as individuals and communities to change the course of history and flip the environmental damage we see around us on its head!
And what better way to spread this message than on a Topsy Turvy School Bus that runs on used vegetable oil?

We aim to make it through our tours without ever stopping at a gas station – you can follow our blog to see if we can do it!

On our tours we build, celebrate, and strengthen the Jewish communities we visit through innovative learning methods, and grassroots action around Jewish values and renewable energy topics. We dream big, and discover creative ways to re-think energy and conservation issues, from worm composting to human-powered bicycle generators.

 

Follow our blog to find out what we’re up to and where we are!

 

Special Recent Posts

Old Stones, New Ripples - Reflections on the Close of JOFEE Fellowship Cohort 1 | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Old Stones, New Ripples - Reflections on the Close of JOFEE Fellowship Cohort 1 | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

May 18th, 2017

by Yoshi Silverstein - JOFEE Fellowship Director May 18th, 2017 | 22nd Iyar 5777 | 37th day of the omer | gevurah she’b’yesod 16 Organizations. 17 Fellows. Over 500 programs. An estimated 37,000 participants in Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education[...]

Upside Down and Open Hearted - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Upside Down and Open Hearted - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

September 8th, 2016

Emily Glick, Hazon - Teva Programs Parshat Shoftim Editor's Note: Welcome to D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you'll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they've planned and implemented, gleanings from the[...]

Topsy Turvy Tour De Farm

Topsy Turvy Tour De Farm

July 10th, 2014

Hi! This is Molly, one of the Teva support staff members. This past Sunday, the Topsy Turvy bus was in my hometown working with the Mitzvah Garden in Overland Park, Kansas. The Mitzvah Garden is a community garden that recruits[...]

Let it go, let it go! – Reflections from a Topsy Turvy Adventure

Let it go, let it go! – Reflections from a Topsy Turvy Adventure

July 7th, 2014

It is 11:30 am, and I am sitting in a field in the middle of the Rocky Mountains surrounded by horses, trees, compost toilets, a bike blender and solar ovens. And Eli, who is dressed as a tree, sitting in[...]

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

July 7th, 2014

I have the immense honor and pleasure of writing the first blog post from the road of this 2014 Teva Topsy Turvy Shmita Bus Tour! To be the first to try to articulate the experiences of this amazing group of[...]

Past Tours

Gearing Up for Shmita
Summer 2014
From Denver to Connecticut we worked with communities in the Midwest and on the East Coast in preparation for the biblical sabbatical year (starting in 5775)

Purim to Freedom
Spring 2011
We toured the Southeast and the Florida Keys, during the Jewish holidays of Purim to Passover

Jewish Climate Change Tour
Winter 2009 – Spring 2010
From east to west coast and then back, this cross-country tour taught about renewable energy during and after the Jewish holiday of Chanukah

Birkat Hachamah / Blessing of the Sun Tour
Spring 2009
We toured the Northeast and Cleveland teaching students of all ages about solar energy and the Jewish holiday of Birkat Hachamah