JOFEE Programming

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

Gan/Alef (K/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. Psalm24:1 Family Education Program: Visit to the Goat Co-op & planting seeds

IMG_0404Bet/Gimmel (2/3) 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 Family Education Program: Family Kugel cook off

Dalet (4) Caring for our bodies (shemirat haguf) Text: And God created humans in God’s own image, in the image of God. God created humans. Gen. 1:27 Family Education Program: Making a class cookbook of kosher, healthy recipes, followed by a potluck picnic using the recipes.

Hey (5) 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 Family Education program: Using today’s resources wisely. Making recycled paper. A second program will be a hike in which we talk about how nature recycles and reuses.

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 Family Education Program: Family Hunger Banquet

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 & program on Shmita

Shmita Shabbaton & Retreat

“As we journey and explore beyond the sacred center, the invitation is to always return, to surrender, and to come home. We sink into this moment of timelessness, this empty space of stillness.” Quoted from the 7 Seeds Project Manifesto Shabbat is the heart of creation, the time to release. Both Shabbat and shmita follow this theme. Therefore, it makes sense that during this November, 2014 Shabbaton we invite the embodiment of shmita to our own bodies, not just the land. We invite stillness, trust, and mindful Jewish meditation practices. This is a time to release and unclench the storylines we create on the daily basis while we try to control what is happening around rather than trusting the natural rhythm and cycles of life. We surrender to what we cannot control, just as we surrender the land to the natural rhythms of life during shmita. This Shabbaton will be a multi-generational Shabbat program, using our community space at Bonai Shalom to gather and retreat with one another. Our space offers a setting of trees, a creek, and space to contemplate the meaning of shmita- seeing that we are not owners of the land, but guests upon her. The Shabbaton will begin with regular Friday night services, continued with our Saturday morning services and Religious School. Kiddush will be expanded to a full lunch, followed by afternoon programs that include youth programming, both inside and out, Torah and shmita study, hitbodedut by the creek, and Jewish mindfulness meditation practices broken down according to age groups. The evening will conclude with a group dinner and discussion to process the afternoon’s activities. This Shabbaton also serves as an introduction to our August 21-23, 2015 Ramah Retreat in the Rocky Mountains.