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Happy Birthday to You, Trees!

“If not for the trees, human life could not exist.” Midrash Sifre to Deuteronomy 20:18 Tu B’Shevat is the new year for trees. This ancient celebration has changed and evolved over time but is perhaps more significant now then ever before.

What Will You Dedicate Yourself to This Chanukah?

  Did you know that Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, means “dedication?” Traditionally, this refers to the eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and

Shoresh Chanukah Campaign

December 4-8, 2017 CLICK HERE to donate today (and select the Chanukah Campaign from the fund menu). GET BEESWAX CHANUKAH CANDLES AND SUPPORT SHORESH’S WORK CONNECTING PEOPLE, LAND, AND JEWISH TRADITION! We have an extremely limited supply (only 36 boxes!) of hand-dipped, 100%

Taking Root 2017: Venue Awesomeness

We are so excited to announce our new venue for Taking Root 2017: York Mills Gallery! Not only do we get to hold our event in this gorgeous space located in midtown Toronto but they are sponsoring the event by

My Hero Morris Saxe

By: Avery Aubin-McDougall Junior Chicken Farmer 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 everyone knows and

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

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