Submission #396 by Beth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)

Submission information
Submitted by DavidDiamondMC
Sun, 2013-05-05 23:13
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I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) Documents
Club Name
Beth El Temple Men's Club - West Hartford (217)
A Tu B’Shevat Weekend: Jews Working the Land
Club Representative
Person completing form
David
Diamond
Club President at time of Convention
Jacob
Kovel
Club President Now
Jacob
Kovel
Shomrei Ha’aretz

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The Director of ADAMAH at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Adamah (Hebrew for “earth”), located at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., is the largest educational Jewish farm in the U.S. and is affiliated with Hazon, Hebrew for “vision,” the largest Jewish environmental group in the country. He spoke what makes a farm “Jewish”, how does the farm operate on a day -to-day basis and what types of programs it offers.
T'Green Olam, Beth El’s Environment & Energy Committee, arranged for the 2nd "Annual" Tu B'Shevat Weekend to be the week-end of 1/28 - 1/29/12, just in advance of the holiday. This would involve programs on both Shabbat and on Sunday. As we had done in the prior year, the Men's Club agreed to collaborate with the committee in co-sponsoring a Sunday breakfast program with a speaker. The committee arranged for the speaker who was the director of a Jewish farm just an hour away from our shul. After our breakfast buffet, some religious school classes joined us to learn about the farm.

The speaker, Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh, is Director of ADAMAH at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Adamah (Hebrew for “earth”), located at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn., and is the largest educational Jewish farm in the U.S. and is affiliated with Hazon, Hebrew for “vision,” the largest Jewish environmental group in thecountry. We heard what makes a farm “Jewish”,how does the farm operate on a day-to-day basis and what types of programs it offers. Attendees got to sample the farm’s kraut and kimchi.
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Self Assessment
With the increased emphasis on the environment, this was an important activity for the Men's Club to be part of. Based on the interest and questions from our 6 & 7Th grade students the program made an impact on our youth.
Having a "green" Jewish farm is clearly innovative and community-minded.
Video sent to Torch Chairman
Original Program
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