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Growing gardens & community locally, and nationally

Ganei Beantown is building a network of Jewish educational community gardens, and our mission is to build community through experiential food and agriculture programming. As we’re always anxious to learn from others, this past July 27-30 I was lucky to attend the annual conference of the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) hosted in our northeast […]

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Gann Alum Combines Cooking with Activism

Gann alumna Reva Haselkorn thought she would become an architect. She graduated from Princeton with a degree in architecture, worked for a few years in the field, then realized that although the projects she was involved in were laudable— sustainable energy, disaster relief, rain water harvesting— she felt too removed from the people she was […]

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Tu B’shvat and the Trees 5777

Over the centuries there have been many ways to celebrate Tu B’shvat: property assessment, mystical connection to the natural world, planting trees to claim land, and laying foundations. It’s a holiday with roots in Biblical agricultural law and expressions to the divine. If we focus just on planting, we both diminish the — of the […]

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8 Sparks of Light: Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Rabbi Toba Spitzer is the spiritual leader of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton. Learn how she and her congregation have long been involved in the Jewish Food Movement and its deep connection to the work of healing the world.