To Till and to Tend: One Week Intensive in Sustainable Agriculture, Food Justice and Jewish Tradition
We are offering a one-week, experiential course to focus on the intersection of Judaism, agriculture and contemporary food issues. Run in partnership with Hebrew College, participants in this ground-breaking course can receive college credit.
This service learning experience will include:
- Hands-on skill building in sustainable agriculture techniques.
Opportunities to offer meaningful volunteer service to farms working to strengthen Boston's food system and increase healthy food access to underserved populations.
- Study time in the Hebrew College Beit Midrash (House of Study), where you will dig into a variety of Jewish texts relating to contemporary environmental and food justice issues such as food security, worker rights, and land stewardship.
- Networking with activists, community leaders and professionals involved in the food justice movement.
- Mentorship by a team of expert instructors from Hebrew College and the Jewish Farm School.
- Pluralistic and participatory Shabbat experiences with spirited celebrations, prayer, meals, song and study, all on the Hebrew College campus.
When: Dates for 2013 coming soon
Where: Hebrew College & Sustainable Farms in the Greater Boston Area
Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in the intersection of Judaism, farming and food justice. Contact Rabbi Jacob Fine for more information.
Housing Accomodations: Mount Ida College campus (located near Hebrew College).
Cost: $1000 + transportation; generous fellowships are available.
*College credit available for interested participants*
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For more information about the program contact Rabbi Jacob Fine or call 617-559-8636
2012 Faculty in Attendance
Rabbi Jacob Fine, Rabbi and Director of Programs, Jewish Farm School
A graduate of Vassar College, Jacob was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Prior to joining JFS, Jacob served as Rabbi and Assistant Director at the University of Washington Hillel as well as the Director of Jconnect, Seattle’s largest Jewish community for young adults. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Jacob has served as a rabbi and educator for a number of leading Jewish environmental organizations including the Teva Learning Center, the Adamah Fellowship, where he also served as Farm Manager, and Hazon, where he co-led a beit midrash on the topic of food and Judaism.
Leora Mallach, MEd, Co-Founder, Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens
Leora is the former director of the ADVA Network, working with alumni of the Teva Learning Center and Adamah: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship in professional development. She currently works with the Trustees of Reservations on their Youth Conservation Corps programming. She has also worked for a variety of other experiential learning programs including: the Hulbert Outdoor Center, Tresslercare Wilderness Services, Vermont Global Village Project, and American Jewish World Service.
Rabbi Or Rose, Director, The Center for Global Judaism, Hebrew College
A graduate of Yeshiva University, Or received private ordination from Rabbi Arthur Green in 2005 and is completing a doctorate in Jewish Mysticism from Brandeis University. He is the co-editor of Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice and Jewish Mysticism and the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections (both from Jewish Lights). He also co-edits a weekly Torah commentary for the Huffington Post. Or is a member of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s North American Scholars’ Circle.
This program is made possible with funding by Repair the World