Spring 2017 Shtetl Skills Workshops

All workshops are $10-$20 suggested donation. Nobody turned away due to lack of funds. Some workshops have an additional materials fee.

Techniques for Vegetable Growing w/ Adrian Galbraith-Paul

Sunday March 26th; 1PM - 4PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave.

This workshop will cover techniques to improve production in small scale vegetable gardens. Some of the topics we will cover will be direct seeding, transplanting, trellising, crop fertility, and pest and disease management.


Adrian Galbraith-Paul is a Philadelphia farmer who runs Heritage farm, a three acre Urban Farm located in Wynnefield, Philadelphia.


Sustainable Suds - Soap making and DIY Cleaning Supplies w/ Simone Lindenbaum and Kelly McCarthy

Wednesday April 5; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave.

In preparation for Passover, Simone Lindenbaum, Assistant Director at Eden Village Camp, will be teaching you how to make our very own soap! Additionally, herbalist and professional housecleaner, Kelly McCarthy will walk you through making your own safe and effective disinfectant all purpose house cleaning spray. We will also cover how to make a natural soft scrub solution for tubs and sinks. These cleaning products are safe for people and pets, and smell good too!


For this workshop we require a materials fee in addition to our sliding scale ticket cost.


Mending Workshop w/ Liora Lebowitz

Thursday, April 20; 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  |  1214 S 45th St.

In this class we will learn how to mend and prolong the life of our clothing. Some of the skills we will cover are sewing on buttons, fixing rips, and learning how to create your own unique patches to cover holes in your clothing. If you want, bring a piece of clothing that needs mending with you! You will also be able to take home supplies to make your own patches.


Liora Lebowitz is the Program Coordinator and JOFEE Fellow for Jewish Farm School. She has previously worked at Eden Village Camp, and the Teva Learning Center, and now is enjoying her new favorite city of Philadelphia. After scheduling and experiencing so many of the amazing workshops in the Shtetl Skills series, she is excited to finally be leading one! Liora has been sewing since the fourth grade and it has been her favorite hobby ever since.


For this workshop we require a materials fee in addition to our sliding scale ticket cost.


Righteous Rotting: Composting with Confidence w/Hannah Slipakoff

Sunday April 23; 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM  |  5020 Cedar Ave.

In this dynamic workshop we'll cover the biological basics of composting, best practices for managing small-scale, urban composting, compost application and soil health, plus several different methods for constructing your home or garden compost system.


From sustainably handling kitchen waste to building nutrients for your home garden, this workshop will cover a wide range of topics meant to empower the urban homestead enthusiast.


Hannah Slipakoff has been farming and composting for over ten years and is the new program manager of the Jewish Farm School.




Shtetl Skills workshops are co-sponsored by Kol Tzedek Synagogue and generously supported by the Natan Fund,

the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia,
and the Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation.


Learn about our past workshops.