Jewish Eco Seminars offers a range of programs throughout Israel. To learn more about each program below, click on the highlighted link.
In addition we also offer multi-day tour packages. To see an 8-day tour itinerary please, click here.
1. Israeli Organic Farming – – Learn how organic farming is emerging in Israel and impacting modern Israeli agriculture. Enjoy a walking tour of an Israeli organic farm, guided by the farmer. Then study Jewish sources on organic farming and agriculture, and taste farm-fresh organic produce.
2. Jerusalem Community Gardens – – At a community garden, work with Israeli in National Service in tending the garden. With them, understand the growth process of vegetables and herbs and the significance of community gardens in Israel. Conclude by discovering how gardening is rooted in Jewish values and teachings.
3. Exploring the Golan Heights – – Program options include learning about alternative energy in the Golan and exploring Jewish values of conservation and waste reduction; experiencing water and exploring its deeper meaning in the Golan’s abundant waterways; and/or learning about the wildlife of the Golan and exploring Jewish values regarding the treatment of animals.
4. The Machane Yehuda Market and the Globalization of Food – – Explore Israel’s largest market through the lens of modern environmental issues. Through a walking tour of the 250 stalls, examine the emergence of globalized food in Israel in the past thirty years, and explore the significance of this new development in the context of environmental sustainability in Israel and globally.
5. Desert In Israel – – Since the Jewish people were “born” in the desert, the deserts bordering Israel’s settled areas carry great significance. Feel the power of escaping civilization for a short while, and experience the soul silence of the desert through a guided hike, activities, and Jewish teachings.
6. Israeli Solar Energy – – Contemporary Israeli society is at the forefront of the global effort to shift from non-renewable sources of energy to safer sustainable and renewable sources. We will see some of Israel’s exciting projects on-site, including innovative solar facilities. The program will also explore Jewish sources relating to solar energy.
7. Israel’s Water Challenges – – At the Sataf Spring Nature Reserve, enter a hewn-out water cistern and see first-hand age-old water collection methods and how they irrigate agricultural plots. Explore Jewish sources on water conservation in relation to this contemporary challenge, and consider possible solutions for Israel in the 21st century.
8. Jerusalem’s Ecology – – Enjoy an active and exciting experience on the ground in Israel linking modern Israel, contemporary environmental issues, and Jewish sources. Participate in a guided hike with experiential activities along the way! Learn about Jewish texts in chevruta style (paired learning), and contemplate intriguing questions.
9. Trees in Israel – – In the Jerusalem forest or another forested site in Israel, learn to relate to trees in a new way. Participate in an experiential activity in which your partner guides you to touch and identify a tree without looking at it – by sounds, sense of balance, smells, touch, and more. Learn Jewish teachings about the importance of trees to humans, and about our dependence on trees in the modern world in light of deforestation.
10. Shabbat, Ecology, and Modern Israel – – The program aims to increase awareness of life and our surroundings on Shabbat, and relates this to the land of Israel and current ecological issues. Most of the program takes place in a park or nature area in Israel nearby to where participants are staying for Shabbat.
11. Mud-building in Israel – – 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. Participants will also delve into Jewish teachings associated with working the land.
12. Exploring the Carmel Forest – – In Israel’s largest forest, participants will engage in inspirational text study and conversation in a beautiful natural setting. The program includes activities and exercises to promote individual awareness, group-building, and responsibility.
13. Bird Migration in Israel – – Experience bird watching at one of the Holy Land’s greatest natural wonders by visiting the Hula Valley Nature Reserve with Jewish Eco Seminars.
Pictures from Israeli Ministry of Tourism.