Tov baTeva: Jewish Early Childhood Educators in the Greater DC Region
Discussions about the environment in Jewish early childhood education in the DC region, including follow up on "Tov ba Teva" session led by the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning (PJLL) in DC. This group was initially launched at the Tov baTeva session in October, and is coordinated in partnership with the PJLL.
As the days shorten and the farm remains dormant for the winter, the Pearlstone program team is continuing its hard work and preparation for the upcoming season.
Here's a sneak peek at a few of the exciting upcoming opportunities:
5th Annual Beit Midrash and Bonus Day: Sacred, Sustainable Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar. The Beit Midrash is an inspirational Shabbaton filled with learning, celebration, and groundbreaking Jewish thought. Join an intergenerational, pluralistic community of Jewish farmers, rabbis, educators, scholars and consumers from across the country. To learn more, visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=4tuxmucab&oeidk=a07e6j3zl0gd1ab68f0&oseq=
Early bird rates close January 1st-- DON'T MISS OUT!!
Integrated Sustainability Apprenticeship- Interested in participating in a 7-month apprenticeship program at Pearlstone? Always wanted to learn the basics of sustainable farming in a Jewish, communal setting? Our Integrated Sustainability Apprenticeship could be your chance. Visit http://pearlstonecenter.org/jobs-apprenticeships/ to learn more.
Applications due January 15th!
Internships and Volunteer Opportunities- We offer a number of exciting ways to get hands-on experience helping out at our farm. Animal care volunteers tend to our dairy goats, laying hens, and peacocks during morning and evening chores. Spring interns and volunteers can join our farm team in a number of tasks, including seeding, bed preparation, and early season harvests.
Contact Teri@pearlstonecenter.org to learn more!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
On November 11th, 2012 Pearlstone was blessed with the opportunity to host a group of 3rd-6th grade religious school students from Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, MD. Our experienced and engaging staff led a program including education on sustainable farming techniques as well as a deeper understanding of Jewish spirituality and how it connects with the environment. Temple Beth Ami's Sharon Tash, Informal/Family Educator, was so pleased with our program that she took the time to write us these kind words, "I want to thank you again for the wonderful and engaging program that you brought to our students yesterday. We were extremely impressed with the organization, level of preparation of your staff, and especially their ability to connect so beautifully with our students. I hope that this might be the first of many such programs!" Thank you so much, Sharon! We had a wonderful time hosting the 3rd-6th grade students from the Temple Beth Ami and we hope to see you all again soon! Please check out these awesome pictures from the Temple Beth Ami program at Pearlstone Center 11-11-12
Hi Gabe, I work for Kayam Farm, just outside of Baltimore, as the Jewish Community Gardener. I work with local Jewish institutions, including three earlky childhood centers, to facilitate the creation of Jewish educational gardens. We recently hosted the first Jewish Early Childhood Garden Education conference. Around 40 early childhood directors, teachers, and clergy attended the conference. There were two tracks offered during the conference, one taught by Kayam staff and the other by educators from the Asheville JCC. They have developed a comprehensive curriculum in Jewish early childhood garden education. I'd be happy to put you in touch with them if you're interested in obtaining a copy of the curriculum. Separately, I'm interested in an email copy of Indoor gardening for young Jewish gardeners. I'd love to hear more about the work your doing and discuss best practices in early childhood Jewish garden education. You can reach me at email@example.com Thanks!
Check out this post: An article about mikveh recycling on Ynet. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4026366,00.html
Thanks to Aaron Day Nitkin for sharing this.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Green is still a color Today I received a letter in the mail addressed to "Green Bubbie(TM)" You know, even a great idea is only an idea. Even if you write about it, you need to see if it resonates with others outside of your own head. Do other people ever know what you are imagining? As a 'visionary' thinker, I can tell you that there is nothing more exciting then to see/know that your idea is understood by others, and used by them. So, imagine my delight when during my recent visit to my grand daughter's kindergarten, I was asked by the teacher what I would like the children to call me. Finally, my chance to try this 'green bubbie' idea out on a group of five year olds. So, I said, they can call me "Green Bubbie" - I paused and whispered to the teacher that for the moment, I would skip my usual monologue about energy-efficient grand parenting. (see initial green bubbie blog posts) About a moment later the teacher returned and told me that a number of children commented that I didn't look green, and that I didn't appear to be wearing anything green either. There is nothing like the reality focus of young children. So, I proceeded to explain to them that, in addition to being a color, 'green' is also the color of vegetable greens, and gardens, and that a "green bubbie" is 'someone who helps children plant gardens.' We did several activities involving different seeds, gardening catalogs, and each child had an opportunity to plant their own chosen seed in an organic, biodegradable planter with their own scoop of organic planting soil. I don't know who had the most fun. We even discussed the life cycle of beans- and while they were admittedly more familiar with beans that go into making 'cholent' for Shabbos, they were wide eyed at the stages where beans can be eaten off the 'pole' or bush. But, it was the idea of the 'zipper' that opens the pea pod that captured the most interest. I taught them 'Five little peas in a pea-pod pressed" and they sang and popped up at just the right moment. The next day I spoke with the teacher to follow up. She said they took my suggestion and bought fresh peas and shelled them for a snack. While they loved them, my grand daughter assured the children that fresh picked peas from your own garden will be even better. The teacher told me that the class wrote me a thank you note- and that there was a big discussion as to whether to write, "Dear Green Bubbie" or to 'The Green Bubbie" whatever.... When the letter arrived in today's mail, I got all of the validation I could ever want from the seed of a germinating idea-I have no doubt that "the Green Bubbie(TM)" will be a welcome addition gardens and young children wherever they grow. So, become a Follower or contact me so I can add your name to the 'green bubbies' and join me in planting for the future, with our current crop of kids!