Sowing Seeds of Sustainability
Shmita literally means “to release” — every seven years the land was allowed to lay fallow, to rest. A Shmita cycle readjusts both agriculture and commerce to enable a more equitable, just, and healthy society, economy and environment. Reviving the study and application of Shmita is an incredible opportunity to engage with Judaism in a contemporary context with a set of values and practices that prompts paradigm shifting. The next Shmita year begins Rosh Hashanah 5775, September 2014.
The conference will begin with a large group seminar on Shmita principles including living more simply, reducing consumerism, protecting the fertility of the earth, and sharing resources more equitably. Following that will be a round of workshops and breakout groups allowing the opportunity to interpret and apply Shmita principles to our local synagogues, businesses, personal lifestyles and community consciousness. Our day will culminate in a community Shuk, featuring do-it-yourself sessions, cooking demonstrations, food sales, advocacy opportunities and tabling by community agencies and organizations.
Event Location: Temple Israel
477 Longwood Ave, Boston, 02215
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