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Mud-building in Israel

Overview of Program:

This seminar provides participants with a great hands-on opportunity, where they will learn about innovative environmental projects in Israel. The participants will engage in a mud-building activity, which will be the foundation of the seminar. Depending on the location, they may contribute to a house in an existing setting or build a structure like a bench or oven. Participants will be exposed to Jewish values associated with working the land, the current state of Israel’s environment, and the environmental industry in Israel.

Possible Locations: The Hadvir Hahadash school in Armon Hanatziv is one potential location. Here, participants will be learning in an outdoor classroom space that is built out of recycled tired and mud. Anther potential location, Chava v’Adam, is located outside Modi’in, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. There is also Kibbutz Lotan, which runs a Green Apprenticeship permaculture program and has an entire village made out of mud domes. This location is 3.5-4 hours south of Jerusalem, almost to Eilat.

Time: Four hours, not including travel time to and from the site

Basic Module Timetable:
0:00-0:30 Introduction to the site and Israel’s environment
0:30-1:00 Session about progressive environmental work being done in Israel
1:00-3:00 Participants have the opportunity to build with mud
3:00-4:00 Session about significance of working with the land in Judaism and the benefits of building with mud