Here’s some answers to your Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this conference for me?

  • Yes, this conference is for anyone thinking about how sustainability relates to Jewish law and tradition.
  • Yes, if you’re making change in your local Jewish community and want to network with others in the area.
  • Yes, if you are looking for educational resources, curriculum and access to local sustainable kosher products.
  • Yes, if you want to learn to learn more about where your food comes from, make sauerkraut, or start a garden, this conference is for you!

Is there a theme?

Our focus in 2017 is on the Community Networks that comprise our food systems and Jewish communities, both in Boston and regionally across New England. From our prayer to our gardens, community is essential to our faith and our practice. We’ll explore the web of food sourcing, distribution, and consumption, as well as the role of culture, institutions and our homes.

What is the schedule for the day?

11:30 Registration Opens
12:00-1:00 Opening session
1:00-5:30 Multiple workshop sessions, including in the kitchen and classroom
5:30-7:00 Community Celebration/ Shuk (marketplace) featuring dinner prepared by conference participants, do-it-yourself activities, advocacy opportunities, tabling by community organizations and our silent auction.

What is for dinner? Will the meal be kosher?

The meal will be kosher and vegetarian under the supervision and policies of Gann Academy. While the exact menu is still being worked out, expect a seasonal menu which includes vegan and gluten free options. Major allergens will be identified.

Where is the conference?

Gann Academy
333 Forest St.
Waltham, MA  02452

How best to get there?

We have set up a carpool ride board to offer to join a ride (no need to register).

Once I’m there, where can I park my bike or car?

There are places to lock your bike next to the school, and a big parking lot in front.

Is the site accessible?

Yes. If you have any specific questions about accessibility, please contact Leora.

Are there opportunities to volunteer?

Yes, we ask for three hours of your time in exchange for reduced registration. Email Leora for more information.

Can teens attend?

Sure! We highly encourage you to come-and bring your friends. Whether you join us for all or part of the day, you’ll meet other teens and adults to learn, play, connect and be inspired.

Will childcare be provided?

Yes, we will be providing childcare at the cost of $20 per child (up to age 6) from 12:00-5:30 from a licensed agency. To ensure safe teacher/child ratios, you must register for this by March 17, 2017.

What should I bring with me?

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Business cards
  • Donations of kosher soup or tomato sauce for Family Table

How much does the 2017 conference cost?

Early pricing through March 17:

  • $40 Adults
  • $25 Students/Seniors/Teens
  • $20 Volunteers
  • $20 Shuk (marketplace) and dinner
  • $20 childcare

Is there a registration deadline?

To ensure we have enough food and supplies, we’d really like you to register in advance.

How can I find out more?

Please be in touch with Leora Mallach, Co-founder and Director, at leora (at) beantownjewishgardens.org or 617-877-2036.