JOFEE Programming

JOFEE- Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education) is making a huge impact on the Jewish community! We are excited to offer JOFEE inspired programs to our students!

Gan Gani (PreK-K) Hachnasat Orchim/Hospitality. Text: My lords, If it please you, do not go on past your servant.  Let a little water be brought; bathe your feet and recline under the tree.  And let me fetch a morsel of bread that you may refresh yourselves. Genesis 18:3-5.  Learning and practicing how to show hospitality during holidays, classes, and Family Shabbat dinner.

Alef (1) Gratitude and Mindfulness for our Food. Where does our food come from and what are the blessings? Text: The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. Psalm 24:1 Visits to the Chicken Co-Op, Garden Boxes, Fruit trees

Bet (2) The Gift of Bread. Text:  You shall make a gift to the Lord from the first yield of your baking, throughout the ages., Numbers 15:21. Learning about challah, the traditions and the blessings.

Gimmel (3) Jewish Foods/Connections – l’dor v’dor, communities, & Israel, Text: And he spoke to me, this is the table that stands before God. Ezekiel 41:22 Learning about traditional Jewish foods, the Seven Species, and helping the hungry in the community.

Dalet (4)  Mitzvah of Bal Taschit/No waste. Text: He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. Proverbs 25:28 Teaching other classes about appropriate handling of waste in the shul, art project with reused materials.

Hey (5).Mitzvah of Sh’mirat HaGuf – Caring for our bodies  Text: And God created humans in God’s own image, in the image of God. God created humans. Gen. 1:27 Learning about b’tzelom elohim, protecting our health, and making good choices.

Vav (6) Food Systems/Food justice Text: When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I the Lord am your God. Leviticus 19:9-10 Leading annual food drive, programming with CFS, and increasing awareness of fair trade practices.

B’nai Mitzvah Class (7) Ecology – In the Torah and Today Text: And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to till it (le’ovdah) and to tend it (leshomra). Gen. 2:15 L’shomra means to tend and also to guard. Family Education Program: Family Dinner in the Sukkah