From Toronto to Los Angeles, with many stops between, JOFEE partners are farming, teaching, advocating, and building community. While sharing the JOFEE mission, each offers its own vision of and contribution to the meeting of Judaism and the natural world. Read about our partners here, and discover what JOFEE has to offer. (To find an event near you hosted by a JOFEE partner, visit our Events page.)
Abundance Farm is a Jewish food justice farm and outdoor classroom located in Northampton, Massachusetts. Abundance Farm is a unique collaboration at Congregation B’nai Israel with the Northampton Survival Center and Lander-Grinspoon Academy to support local food security and to create a unique, outdoor learning environment. Abundance Farm is a beautiful urban oasis where people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds are drawn for nourishment, community, and learning.
Amir Project seeks to provide garden and farm-based education to youth across the world, both at summer camps and in year-round communal spaces. We will support our Farmers and participating campers as they develop into leaders in education, activism, public service, and more. We hope to expand the scope of our work to include a wide array of communities seeking justice in all that they do.
For over 90 years, Camp Tawonga has served as a leader in Jewish camping, fostering in children and families a deep connection to nature, community, and Judaism within a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment. Tawonga runs programming for children, families and young adults at our premier residential camp located outside Yosemite National Park as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Tawonga, children, and teens build self-esteem, make lifelong friends and discover their truest selves, supported by a dedicated and loving staff.
Coastal Roots Farm (Encinitas, CA) is a nonprofit community farm and education center where we nourish connections to ourselves, our neighbors, and the land. Inspired by Jewish wisdom and centuries-old agricultural traditions, we practice biodynamic farming and share our harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food. Our goal is to become a model for community farming and creative Jewish expression, both at home in Encinitas, California and around the world.
Rooted in the Jewish vision of creating a more environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually connected world, Eden Village Camp (Putnam Valley, NY) is dedicated to providing campers with an incredible summer experience while empowering them to promote a vibrant future for themselves, their communities, and our planet.
Ekar Farm and Community Gardens (Denver, CO) is a communal urban farm, inspired by Jewish values. We work to build community, provide experiential and environmental education, and grow sustainably produced fruits and vegetables, expanding access to those in need.
Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens (Boston, MA) is building community through experiential food and agriculture education rooted in Jewish text, tradition, and culture. Facilitating a connection between Judaism, food, and agriculture breathes new life into Jewish tradition, community, and identity and engages the Boston Jewish community in the question of how to feed ourselves and the world in a just and sustainable manner.
GrowTorah develops educational Torah garden programs for Jewish schools and communal organizations. GrowTorah curates educational garden experiences through which we explore relevant Jewish values. These Torah lessons stir participants to navigate the complex relationships between humans, their fellow creatures, and the earth. Participants connect with these values in a personally meaningful way, growing a more healthy, compassionate, and sustainable future.
The word Hazon means vision. We work to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. We affect change through Transformative Experiences, Thought-Leadership, and Capacity-Building. Our motto is “The Torah is a commentary on the world, and the world is a commentary on the Torah.” This reflects our determination to apply Jewish thought to some of the greatest challenges of our time – and our belief that the act of doing so is good not only for the world but also for the renewal of Jewish life itself.
Jewcology is a project of graduates of ROI, who have come together to create a resource for the entire Jewish-environmental community. Jewcology incorporates collaboration from a wide range of Jewish environmental leaders and organizations worldwide. This project was funded by the ROI Innovation Fund. The long-term goal of this project is to build a multi-denominational, multi-generational, regionally diverse community of Jewish environmental activists, who are learning from one another and from an expanding set of Jewish-environmental resources, how to educate their communities about our Jewish responsibility to protect the environment.
The Jewish Farm School (Philadelphia, PA) teaches about contemporary food and environmental issues through innovative trainings and skill-based Jewish agricultural education. We are driven by traditions of using food and agriculture as tools for social justice and spiritual mindfulness. Through our programs, we address the injustices embedded in today’s mainstream food systems and work to create greater access to sustainably grown foods, produced from a consciousness of both ecological and social well being.
Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA) (National) provides new ways for the Jewish community to bring its values of compassion for animals into practice and strengthen Jewish communities in the process, through education, ethical food policies, and expert consultation. JIFA is an initiative of Farm Forward.
Milk & Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC (Boulder, CO) is a 2-acre educational sustainable farm that brings the greater community together through experiential programs grounded in vast Jewish heritage, tradition, and values. Milk and Honey Farm is located adjacent to the new Boulder JCC building on Boulder Jewish Commons.
With knowledge, tools, and inspiration, Netiya (Los Angeles, CA) empowers people to grow food on faith-based lands in LA. Rooted in ancient traditions of land stewardship and earth-based wisdom, together we plant – growing food to mitigate hunger and to nourish the spirit. Netiya engages people in LA’s faith centers to grow food for and with people in their communities so that a greater number of Angelenos have the access and the skills needed to advance stewardship, equity, health, and resilience. Netiya reframes the tenet of tithing to foster institutional-scale repair of the food system while mitigating food insecurity.
Pearlstone is a retreat and conference center nestled in the beautiful Maryland countryside just outside of Baltimore. With 160-acres of pasture, woods, and farmland, Pearlstone offers the optimal setting for conferences and retreats with facilities designed to meet the needs of any organization. Their programs engage Jewish, faith-based, and secular organizations, individuals, and families. Pearlstone Center serves all ages and backgrounds throughout Baltimore, the Chesapeake region, and beyond.
Pushing the Envelope Farm (Geneva, IL) is a community farm and education center that explores Jewish connection to the land and provides hands-on educational experiences. We provide a wide variety of custom programs, such as educational programs and workshops for people of all ages and groups such as schools, synagogues, churches, homeschool and scout groups. Our 14-acre site hosts organic farmers that grow anywhere from small plots to multiple acres of land. The gardens and our farm animals give visitors a chance to experience life on the farm.
Ramah Outdoor Adventures (Denver, CO) aims to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders who are environmentally conscious and Jewishly engaged. Our vision is to create a spirited, vibrant space in which our chalutzim (campers) have the opportunity to thrive and grow personally, while simultaneously learning to embody the values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). The Rockies community strives to stir the Jewish soul of every camper through song, prayer, and engagement with the natural world, and ultimately, inspire a love for Judaism and the earth’s natural gifts.
At the Shemesh Organic Farm (Malibu, CA), a project of the Shalom Institute, we teach about the connection between Judaism, Israel, nature, and agriculture through hands-on organic farming, gardening, harvesting, and composting. The farm is also model for Jewish social and environmental responsibility – the harvested fruits and vegetables are used in our outdoor cooking workshops, as ingredients in meals in our dining hall, and donated to SOVA, the kosher food pantry.
Shoresh (Toronto, Canada) is a grassroots Jewish environmental organization in Southern Ontario. We exist to nurture a regional Jewish community that sees environmental ethics as a core element of Jewish identity and is actively committed to responsible stewardship of the earth. We do this through transformative educational programs that link Jewish texts and teachings with experiences of awe and wonder of the natural world; leadership opportunities that invest in the next generation of Jewish environmental leaders; and responsive action including environmental advocacy and the production of sustainable products that enrich Jewish life.
Tamarack Camps is a year-round outdoor adventure and Jewish exploration experience. With full summer camp offerings including wilderness exploration journies and overnight experiences for school-age youth the rest of the year, there is always something happening at Tamarack. They are also home to the newest Jewish Farm, the Farber Family Farm. This 12-acre education farm serves students, educators, and adults year-round with innovative Jewish programming. Tamarack has been a leader in Jewish camping since 1902 and is a proud partner of the JOFEE movement.
Urban Adamah is an educational farm and community center in Berkeley, California, that integrates the practices of Jewish tradition, sustainable agriculture, mindfulness, and social action to build loving, just, and sustainable communities. We provide educational programs and community celebrations for more than 10,000 visitors annually. Our signature programs include a residential leadership fellowship program for young adults and a farm-based summer camp for youth ages 3-12. We also offer an exciting menu of farm-based programs for school groups and other organizations, and host open-to-the-public community celebrations for most Jewish holidays.
Based in Berkeley, CA, Wilderness Torah awakens and celebrates the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth, and Spirit.