Shabbat and Holidays are a great time to bring food and sustainability programming to your community. 

Below is a sample of program options. To find a fit for your community, also check our past programs.

Harvest to Table: A pop-up Sukkot celebration
Join JArts, Kitchen Kibitz, and Ganei Beantown in a delicious celebration of the fall harvest. Created by Chef Ivan of Branch Line, we’ll experience Sukkot through a three-course meal: salad with etrog dressing, family style herb roast chicken, roast cauliflower, seasonal vegetables, harvest punch, and more. Rabbi Elan Babchuck of Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership will share insight into the holiday as we dine on the patio (à la sukkah), savor the seasonal bounty, and explore the rituals and mysticism of the Sukkot harvest festival.

Community Skillshare & Lag B’Omer Party
Embodying a Shmita economy allowing for periods of rest, and of communal sharing. We will hold workshops around Jamaica Plain, then gather at Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue for a celebration.

Explore Tu B’shvat in New England
What’s in season? Maple syrup!
Tu B’shvat is traditionally a time to asses our field and fruit trees. Led by the Land’s Sake Farm educators, we’ll explore the sugaring process, from tree-tapping, wood splitting, sap collecting, boiling and bottling. Making local maple syrup is highly weather dependent, so our exact activities will be determined closer to the program date. Be prepared to be outside. Open to all ages!

Food Day Shabbat
In celebration of National Food Day, we coordinated home-hosted Shabbat dinners and provided hosts with study texts and resources to facilitate Food Day conversations. Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.

Inclusive Tu B’Shevat Seder
Join Yachad, Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, K’Sharim and Ganei Beantown for an inclusive Tu B’Shevat Seder celebrating the new year of the trees. Over the course of the evening we’ll journey through the seasons and explore our relationship to the natural world. In its 20th year, this family event includes wood crafts, songs, movement, Tu b’Shevat treats, and a kosher, vegetarian dinner. Bring your friends and be prepared to make new ones, all ages and abilities welcome!

Interfaith Food Justice Tu B’Shvat Celebration
How are we connected to the idea of Tu B’shevat as a tree’s “birthday,” their coming of age as a bearer of fruit? How are we respecting (or disrespecting) our sources of food? Join us to connect across faith backgrounds and as young people involved in justice work.

Post Sukkot Gleaning
Join us for a day of gleaning the harvest with Boston Area Gleaners. BAG distributes high-quality, locally grown produce to food banks, pantries, and meal programs by working closely with farmers, and providing volunteer labor ​to harvest what would otherwise be plowed under. Gleaning s a biblical idea of collecting surplus crops from farmers’ fields for those in need.

Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
Includes a Friday night D’var Torah, Shabbat lunch discussion and family friendly programming.

Sukkot Harvest Celebration
Sukkot, a biblical harvest festival, is also a time to welcome guests. We welcome you into the kitchen and help prepare our meal together. Afterwards, we will come together under the stars in the Sukkah for a feast of local food and drink. We’ll get a savory taste of Torah and provide opportunities to shake the lulav and meet new friends. Pictures from this event are here.

Tu B’shvat: Cocktails and Community
Rather than mixing wines, we made four seasonal alcohol infusions. Featuring nosh representing the seven species of Israel; and four local organizations working to strengthen our local food system and access to healthy food. In keeping with the biblical tradition of counting the fruit-tree tithe from the 15th of Shvat, a portion of the cost of the evening will be donated.

Creating Sustainable Synagogues
Hosting by the Synagogue Council of MA, an evening to learn about options and opportunities for your synagogue to engage in environmentally sustainable learning, practice, lectures, and holiday programs. Build community and meet other congregational leaders engaging in these same issues.

Ganei Beantown has presented Divrei Torah on Shabbat and at professional conferences on topics such as:

  • A Garden of Wonder: Using the Garden to Nurture Spiritual Growth and Cultivate Radical Amazement
  • Care and Feeding of Educational Community Gardening Projects
  • Caring for Others, Food Aid, and Purim
  • Connecting to the Source: Local food movements and spiritual dimensions of agriculture and eating
  • Growing for Good: A local community approach to promoting sustainability and awareness through education, exploration and gardening projects
  • How to start a Jewish Sustainability Project…. Sustainably
  • Is a Jewish Sustainable Food System Possible? Contemporary and Historic Perspectives
  • Models of Sustainability: Can we translate Biblical ideas to contemporary frameworks?
  • Our Relationship to the Land
  • Shmita!  Designing a Year of Economic Justice, Radical Sharing, and Rest for the Land
  • The Torah of Eating: Sourcing our Food Ethically, Consuming our Food Responsibly
  • Tu B’shvat: How do we reclaim relevance to this holiday in the midst of a New England winter?
  • Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof; Justice, Justice, Fair Trade and You