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My Hero Morris Saxe

By: Avery Aubin-McDougall Junior Chicken Farmer at Bela Farm In Hebrew school we were given the assignment of giving a presentation on our hero.  Most people picked people who were famous and well known- people who had done things that

First Day of the Shoresh Outdoor School

We officially launched the Shoresh Outdoor School on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, despite the cold and wet day!  Ten amazing kids between the ages of 5-11 joined us in the Kavanah Garden for hands-on nature-based Jewish learning in the great

Birds for Bela

By: Farmer Amy My name is Amy and I will be the keeper of the chickens and turkeys at Bela along with my daughter Avery.  We have been counting the days and weeks and months until we could have our

Why Shoresh Loves Winter

March 14, 2017 So, how about this weather, eh? Last month was the warmest February on record and here we are today, one week away from the spring equinox and the snow keeps falling.  While many people dislike Ontario’s cold,

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.

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

Sweeten Your Mishloach Manot With a Taste of Bela Farm

On Purim, we rejoice through recounting  Esther and Mordechai’s triumph over wicked Haman, drinking, wearing masks, and partying. We also give back to our community thorough mishloach manot, gifts of food to family and friends. To fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot, every Jewish

Happy 8th and last Night of Chanukah!

It’s the last night of Chanukah. How are you going to bring more light into the world? Day 8: We’re protecting our planet For a complete look at how we are repairing the world, read our 2015 Year-in-Review and support our work by donating today.

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