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The Sabbatical Year, Israel, and Ecology

Location: The Shalev Center in Nachlaot, Jerusalem, or at a location that is convenient for the group.

 Time: Two hours, excluding travel time to and from site.

Birthright Accreditation: AEP – Alternative Educational Program category

 Basic Program Timetable (approximate):

0:00 Introduction to the topic and the educators

0:10 Facilitated group learning of a few sources on the Sabbatical year, in smaller groups

0:50 Bathroom/coffee break 

1:00 Panel discussion on the Sabbatical year in modern Israel

1:30 Questions to panelists from Birthright participants

1:50 Informal conversations with panelists and program conclusion 

Overview of Basic Program:

The Sabbatical year begins in September 2014, and many Israeli organizations say that in this cycle it will be different. For the land of Israel to rest for a year is a Biblical imperative, but in modern times it has become a great difficulty for the millions of Jews living in the land. This panel conversation will explore current approaches in Israel to observing the Sabbatical year, as well as some of the broader environmental and spiritual issues that relate to it.