Volunteers are at the core of everything we do. From nature-based Jewish education to harvesting honey and helping the bees, our volunteers are essential to the Shoresh team. Roll up your sleeves and join us to support our efforts to repair the world while building community and learning new skills!

See the newest edition of our volunteer newsletter here (winter edition – Taking Root themed!)

Sign up for it here to keep up to date on upcoming opportunities (one email per month during the spring / summer / fall, less frequently in the winter)!

For more information about the volunteer opportunities listed below or to customize one that’s best for you, please contact or call 416-805-8382.



Do you love teaching in the great outdoors? Do you want to give kids the gift of experiential Jewish education? Do you want to diversify your teaching skills and add a unique experience to your resume? If so, join our team of volunteer educators, core members of the Shoresh team who support our nature-based Jewish educational programs including field trips to the Kavanah Garden and Bela Farm, and the Shoresh Outdoor School. Training and mentorship in nature-based Jewish education will be provided.

Date/Time: Varied dates and times in May through October. Specific dates and times will coordinated to fit your schedule.
Kavanah Garden, Cedarvale Ravine, Bela Farm and in the community
Join us! Contact or call 416-805-8382

Please note we will run a two-day training May 1-2, 2019. If you join later in the season, training will also be provided on site. Please contact or 416-805-8382 to find out more about our Jewish Environmental Educator Training.


Are you looking to get your hands dirty, experience the farming life in the suburbs, strengthen your gardening skills, or all the above? Join us at Kavanah Garden every Wednesday morning from June to July to help with garden maintenance, planting, and upkeep. All skill levels and ages welcome. Great for those with a bit of free time during the week who want to get outside!

Date: Every Wednesday in June and July and August: June 5th – August 28th, 2019
10:00 AM-2:00 PM (any time drop in)
Kavanah Garden, 145 Lebovic Campus Drive
Join us! Please contact or 416-805-8382 to stay informed, or just come out to the garden!


Are you passionate about urban agriculture and hunger relief? Are you shocked by the fact that 15% of Jewish families in the GTA are living below the poverty line and want to do something to help? If so, join Shoresh’s Tzedakah Garden Crew every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. Together we will learn how to grow organic produce for Chasdei Kaduri, the Jewish Food Bank.

Date: Every Wednesday in July and August: July 3rd – August 21st, 2019
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Kavanah Garden, 145 Lebovic Campus Drive
Join us! Please contact or 416-805-8382 to get on the list.


Did you know that in 2017 Shoresh planted 11,000 trees and the beginning of a 20-acre bee sanctuary at Bela Farm, our rural home for sustainable, land-based Judaism?  In 2019, we’ll be caring for our trees and bees, mowing, weeding, planting, painting hives and making signage. Throughout the growing season, we will spend various days at the farm stewarding the land by nurturing our trees and bees. Each day will have a mixture of volunteer opportunities and experiential learning. Feel free to come up for a day or stay for a few (if you do stay over, bring a tent!) and join us in the beautiful, rolling hills of Hillsburgh to meet our bees and trees!

Bela Farm Stewardship Days 2019:
May 26, 27, 28, 29
June 18
July 9, 10
July 29, 30
August 22

Time: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM (come for as long as you can), with some days ending at 2:00 PM (see the What’s On page)
Location: Bela Farm,  5750 Sixth Line, Hillsburgh, N0B 1Z0
Join us! For more information and to register, email


We have some awesome building projects on the go! We’re building a Welcome Centre at Bela Farm for school groups and community members to gather and learn in. We’re also building a natural playground at the Kavanah Garden for kids to run and play in and a new solar wax oven to melt our beeswax in so we can turn that into shabbat candles. Join our building crew, grab a drill and share your building skills while learning new ones!

Dates: Our building events  will occur on a rolling basis as will be scheduled as needed. Sign up for our volunteer list-serve to be notified of upcoming dates.
Locations: Bela Farm and the Kavanah Garden
Join us!
Please contact or 416-805-8382 to get on the list.


It takes a party to build community and who doesn’t love a great gathering? We love to celebrate Jewish holidays, rituals and our accomplishments throughout the year with our diverse networks of friends and community partners.  Join our team of dedicated volunteers to set up and close down the Kavanah Garden, to  celebrate Rosh Hashana and Sukkot at our festivals,  or to host 450 community members celebrating our 10th anniversary at Taking Root, our annual fundraiser.

Check out our What’s On Page to see our upcoming events and email to sign-up as a volunteer.


Need to do a placement  for your highschool, college, or university level course?  We have worked with numerous students in the past and can customize an academic placement that both supports your personal learning goals and Shoresh’s needs.

Email for more information and create a placement.




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