In a recent interview in the Fall 2014 issue of Reform Judaism (http://www.reformjudaism.org/release-right-world), Rabbi Kevin M. Kleinman has called on the Reform Movement to "begin observance of Shmita this Rosh Hashannah in order to alleviate economic disparity, better steward the earth and champion social justice."
The Sabbatical year may be the fulfillment of the justice the Torah teaches us to practice on a daily basis, embracing our fellow human beings, the land and all life. But in our non-agrarian society, exactly how do we meet the challenges of the modern elements of Shmita: maintaining economic, environmental, and social balance in the world? How do they apply to our daily lives?
Community leaders and our rabbis will consider the above questions focusing on local food systems, economic resiliency and community empowerment.
Blessing our Food—as Individuals and as a Community
Rabbi Richard Safran and The Rev. Greg A. Foraker
Tuesday, January 27, 2015; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
What is Jewish Food Justice?
Rabbi Sanford Seltzer and Leona Davis, Education and Advocacy Coordinator of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Monday, February 16, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Food for the Jewish Soul: How are our Food Choices Determined by Jewish Values/Toward Healthy Bodies
in Today's World
Rabbi Sanford Seltzer and Michael Hewitt Ph.D., health and wellness community expert from Canyon Ranch
Monday, March 16th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
The Land: Preservation - Now and for the Next Generation
Mission Garden is a living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit-trees, traditional local
heirloom crops and edible native plants. It will be a hands-on gardening experience.
Sunday, April 12th; Time TBA
Registration Fees: $10 per program
January 27; February 16; March 16; April 12