JRF is launching its third year of facilitating text study during the Omer period, the 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. This year our focus will be on Sustainability (balancing environmental, social, economic and spiritual life in our congregations and larger communities). The selection of this issue is based on a variety of factors: our own movement's resolution on the environment; our commitment as a Jewish People to the health and welfare of the planet; our movement’s membership in The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)’s Climate Change Campaign; and our findings from the 2005 JRF Tikkun Olam survey, that JRF congregations work on environmental issues as one of their major Tikkun Olam efforts.
We are looking for submissions from congregations that have ongoing projects related to sustainability. We are asking that submissions be based on texts we have supplied—or from other texts—which would form the basis for the teaching.
We are looking for teachings that incorporate a description of the work the congregation has done and ties it to the text(s). Ideally, we are looking for "teaching teams" that will include rabbis, educators, and lay leaders young and old across the spectrum.
Some examples of congregational activity that could be applied to text(s) for the Omer study are:
If you are interested in being one of our teachers, gather a team from your congregation and brainstorm on how you would approach this. Then fill out online application.
The application deadline is Monday, February 19, 2007.
If your congregation is selected, we will assign one of the Omer weeks to you. Each week will have three teaching opportunities.
We encourage applicants to think about the various constituencies within the congregation and try to involve them in this project. For example, has your religious school or youth group participated in a project that you want to highlight in the teaching? How about seniors? Tell us about the involvement of other groups.
We are excited about this project and hope that you can participate,
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