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  • Holidays: Torah Learning on the Environment

    The Jewish year is rich with nature imagery and messages that help us be responsible stewards of the environment. Canfei Nesharim is proud to feature a wide variety of Torah learning resources on the environment for nearly every Jewish holiday.  Explore our featured resources below.

  • Tu b'Shevat 

    Whether you are planning a Tu b'Shevat Seder, looking for children's activities, or simply looking to learn what the Torah says about protecting the environment, our 10th Annual Tu b'Shevat Learning and Action Campaign has resources to help you. 

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    Omer-Shavuot

    During the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot we count the Omer. With its connection to the land, this is also a great time to increase our connection with and commitment to the planet. 

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    Hanukkah

    The holiday of Hanukkah revolves in large part around a miracle related to olive oil. In Biblical and Talmudic times, olive oil, used for light, heat, fuel and food, was a very important resource for energy. The limitations on this resource often posed problems in ancient times-- just as modern limits on availability of energy resources pose a problem today. The traditional Jewish relationship to olive oil can teach us much about how we can relate to energy today. 

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  • Passover

    As exciting as it is to look forward to Pesach with family and friends, preparations for the holiday can be stressful on ourselves, our families and the environment. You can reduce that stress with Canfei Nesharim's eco-friendly and healthy program ideas and cleaning suggestions for your family and community.

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  • Purim

    Purim is a joyful time to celebrate with your family and community. It's a wonderful opportunity to integrate eco-friendly themes, model Jewish values to protect the earth and its resources, and to fulfill the mitzvot of Purim through creative and fun activities and learning. Whether sending gifts of food to friends, creating costumes, or preparing the festive Purim meal, there are many opportunities to conserve precious resources and share environmental education messages with our friends and neighbors.

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  • Three Weeks

    The 9th of Av marks the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. We begin our journey toward Tisha b’Av with a more minor fast – the 17th of Tammuz. This day begins the period known as the Three Weeks. During these weeks we deprive ourselves of certain pleasures in order to reflect on what caused the destruction of the Temple and the accompanying suffering. 

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  • Sukkot

    On Sukkot, we celebrate water through the Simchat Beit Hashoeva (Celebration of the Water Drawing Ceremony) and we continue recognizing the value of water through tefilat geshem, the beginning of our prayers for rain. Our rabbis and ancestors understood that water is essential for life. Each year, Canfei Nesharim encourages communities to focus on appreciating water on Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret.

     

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