Source: Jewish Food Education Network
For 3,000 years, Jewish tradition has grappled with what is fit—kosher—for us to eat. Today, questions about food have become ever more complicated as we come up against changing nutritional news, the use of chemical pesticides, and industrial farming. Health issues such as obesity and environmental damage are intrinsically connected to our personal and national food choices. Hazon offers resources, curricula, and training about food and Jewish tradition in a new network.
The Jewish Food Education Network provides its members with a comprehensive 18-lesson interdisciplinary curriculum about food and Jewish tradition for students (typically grades 5-9) for use in day schools, supplementary/congregational schools, and camps – the Min Haaretz Student Curriculum. The curriculum includes unit plans, teaching strategies and framing for text study and discussions, as well as student worksheets. It combines experiential learning with study of classical Jewish texts and topics in health, nutrition, recycling, and the environment.
The JFEN also provides curricula and study guides for families and adult learning environments.
Min Haaretz Teacher Training is also available for teachers, rabbis, rabbinical students, and administrators in formal and informal education settings.
The JFEN runs a listserv for support, professional development and resource sharing for members of the educational network.