Organic Yeshiva grew out of an immersive Jewish summer learning experience that combined traditional Torah study with work on a farm. We aimed to help make Torah and sustainable living accessible to all Jews, and to help Jews of all backgrounds discover what our tradition had to say about sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Participants had the opportunity to learn about Jewish agricultural law and environmental ethics in the context of life on a working farm. In addition to studying Torah texts that teach about how human being should relate to the rest of creation, participants gained practical experience in sustainable agriculture, and had the opportunity to learn DIY skills such as cheese-making, baking, pickling and animal care.
The summer of 2014 was Organic Yeshiva’s inaugural season. Four participants worked and studied at the Pushing the Envelope Farm in Geneva, IL.