During this tour, you and your group will connect to nature in Israel while simultaneously engaging in a stimulating Jewish environmental teaching.
The teaching on planting and using trees relates deeply to the land of Israel and the planet.
From near the bus, the educator will introduce participants to the ecological issue in Israel and the world we will be delving into: how we use trees and the future of the rainforests.
The educator will then lead you on a fifteen-minute guided hike, introducing the site and seating everyone in a circle within the forest. The educator will then talk about a thoughtful Midrash and a commentary about Jacob planting trees to be used for the Sanctuary, and those trees singing when they were used.
We will then guide the participants in experiential activities involving trees. This will be followed by a group discussion and integration of the teaching.
Possible Locations: A hiking trail in any forested area in Israel with shaded places for the group to stop along the way
Time: 1.5 – 3 Hours
Basic Program Timetable:
9:10-9:30 AM Hiking followed by sitting in a circle in the forest
9:30-9:40 AM Telling of the Midrash
9:40-10:00 AM Experiential activities followed by passing out questions
10:00-10:15 AM Sharing of experiential activities as a group and conclusion of teaching
10:15-10:30 AM Hiking back to bus while participants individually contemplate their questions
For a longer program:
10:30-10:45 AM Snack and bathroom break
10:45-11:00 AM Guided visualization in the forest
11:00-11:15 AM Educational hike in the forest
11:15-11:35 AM Group or small group discussions (or chevruta/paired learning)
11:35-11:45 AM Concluding thoughts by the educator
11:45 AM-12:00 PM Final Hike back to the bus
(Times are flexible)
We are happy to help you find the best option to make your trip as memorable as possible.