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Why We’re Re-Foresting Bela Farm

In 2017, Shoresh will plant 16,000 trees at Bela Farm. We’re taking on this bold endeavor because we deeply value our tree friends and all the gifts they bring to our lives. Trees bless us with food, clean air, carbon

Why We’re Starting the Shoresh Outdoor School

In Richard Louv’s 2005 book Last Child in the Woods, he coins the term “nature deficit disorder,” to describe how humans, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioural problems. The way to treat

Shoresh’s Top 10 “WOW” Moments in 2016

2016 was a WOW-filled year. Here are our highlights. Celebrated the Bela Farm Grand Opening! Over 200 diverse community members gathered together to mark the beginning of Shoresh’s stewardship of Bela Farm, a rural centre for sustainable, land-based Judaism in Hillsburgh, Ontario.

Why take Jewish Education Outdoors? 

Did you know that in May 2017, Shoresh will be launching The Shoresh Outdoor School, a year round supplementary school for grades 1-8? Here’s why Shoresh and our friends at UJA Federation’s Julie and Henry Koschitzky Centre for Education and the WOW! Grant Committee

The Most Important Word of the 21st Century

“As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. We will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation.” -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man is Not

WOW for Bees and Honey!

Awe is more than an emotion; it is a way of understanding, insight into a meaning greater than ourselves. The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel WOW is our favorite

Top 3 Ways to Sweeten Your New Year

We are thrilled to offer the community these three awesome ways to honor family and friends this Rosh Hashana. 1. Honey Our honey bees have been working super hard gathering and transforming nectar for Bela Farm’s wildflowers into honey and

Sharing Our Vision

This post is an excerpt from Risa Alyson Cooper’s vision sharing at The Bela Farm Grand Opening on June 26, 2016. Bruchim ha’baim!  Welcome again!  We’ve arrived at Dina’s Tent, named for the only daughter mentioned in the Torah of

Bela Farm Grand Opening

Bela Farm Grand Opening Opening Remarks by Risa Alyson Cooper Sunday, June 26, 2016 B’ruchim ha’baim.  Welcome friends.  My name is Risa Alyson Cooper, I am one of the Directors of Shoresh, and it is my deep honour and privilege

If You Plant It, They Will Come

Shoresh’s favourite word is “wow” and one of our all-time-favourite sources of wonder and wow is the process of pollination. Watching a bee fly from flower to flower seeking nectar and pollen while inadvertantly spreading pollen from one flower to

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