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3-Class Series: What Does Judaism Have to Teach Us About the Environment?

A 3-class series taught by Josh Lake.

Josh Lake, an experiential Jewish educator, makes nature a Jewish classroom.


Class 1: The 6 days of Creation, how the Earth takes form: a look into each day's Creation and insights into how our ancestors relate to their natural habitat (think Jonah and day 3, growing the gourd/ricinus plant, Abraham and the oaks of Mamre). Oct. 10, 2018.

Class 2: Celebration of the Haggim, the connection of religious life to Spirituality: Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkoth (Shalosh R'Galim). Pesach as the Sprintime chag and the beginning of the Omer, Shavuot and the end of the Omer and the gathering of the grain, Sukkoth and the festival of ingathering (Chag Ha Asif). Oct. 17, 2018.

Class 3: Environmental Mitzvoth in the Torah: Bal Taschit, Tzar Baalie Hayyim, Shiluach Haken. What does the Torah have to say about the earth? The Torah as a natural document (Ink, Parchment and Eitzey). Adam and Adama, humans from the earth (from dust to dust, Breishit 2:7, Kohelet 3:20), Parshat Hashavua (if there is relevance, pick up the theme and explicate it). Oct. 24, 2018.

Series dates: Wednesday's,  October 10, 17, 24 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Location: Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97215

Cost: $10
(Cost for all 3 sessions: $25)


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You may also pre-register by check: Institute for Judaic Studies / Judaism-Environment Registration / 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland, OR 97239

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