Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens is building community through experiential food and agriculture education rooted in Jewish text, tradition and culture. Facilitating a connection between Judaism, food, and agriculture breathes new life into Jewish tradition, community, and identity and engages the Jewish community in the question of how to feed ourselves and the world in a just and sustainable manner.

Historical frameworks, tradition, and ancestors’ stories offer guidance for our contemporary community in our respect for each other, as well as the resources that support us.

Circle dancing on the farm

Our Goals:

  • Build Jewish identity through facilitating high quality earth and food based programs for a variety of Jewish community groups.
  • Breathe new life into Jewish traditions, holidays and political action by connecting Jews to the myriad of agricultural and food traditions of our people.
  • Become a nexus for Jewish involvement in sustainable food, with a solid basis in the core Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), gemilut chasadim (benevolence), and l’ovda ul’shomra (to till and to tend).
  • Produce high quality, locally grown food to nourish our community and our bodies.

Rooted in values of:

L’ovda ul’shomra – To Till and To Tend: Being responsible stewards of the earth.
We actualize this by encouraging and developing organic, educational vegetable gardens and awareness of our food systems at local Jewish communal organizations. We aim to increase awareness of the cycles of the agricultural seasons in our Jewish holiday celebrations and increase access to healthy local food.

Gemilut Chasadim – Bestowing Kindnesses: Being responsible stewards of each other.
We are building vibrant Jewish community with multiple entry points and opportunities for engagement. We provide opportunities for breaking down silos and engaging with others who are different as a means to building bridges and develop community that is more than the sum of its parts.

Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World: Being responsible stewards for the next generation.
Developing a New England Jewish community investing in feeding each other and the world in a just and sustainable manner ensures resources are available for all now and into the future. Practicing ethical eating, as well as advocating for systemic change for our neighbors who are food insecure actualizes our principles.