Eco-Activist Beit Midrash offers an alternative (and ecological) alternative to the traditional yeshiva experience. [image via: shorashimroots]
The Eco-Activist Beit Midrash (EABM) based in Jerusalem has been devoted to a Jewish approach to environmentalism for a long time. In their own words, they are trying to “bring Torah down to earth.” And now they are sharing their approach with those unable to stay in Israel for extended periods of time with their 2010 summer session that explores ecology and Judaism all over Israel.
As EABM describes the program:
“Jews aged 20-40 from diverse backgrounds come together, drawn by their common interest in exploring a Jewish approach to environmentalism, while volunteering and meeting the Israeli eco-scene. The program is a project in pluralism as we welcome and combine our personal paths in a sincere exploration of the relevance, and potential contribution, of Torah wisdom to one of today’s most important issues, while rolling up our sleeves alongside Israel’s environmentalists.”
In addition, participants in the summer session will also experience Jewish studies of the Chumash, Talmud, Jewish philosophy and Chassidut that examine environmental issues. No previous background in Jewish learning is necessary, though, to enroll in the program.
Some of the environmental organizations that EABM has collaborated with in order to plan its summer session include the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Jerusalem community garden project.
Eco-Activist Beit Midrash Summer Session takes place between July 2nd – July 30th. For more information and to register, visit the yeshiva’s website.
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