Teva is North America’s foremost Jewish Environmental Education Institute. A program of Hazon, Teva strives to transform fundamentally Jewish education through experiential learning that fosters Jewish, ecological, and food sustainability. In working toward this mission, Teva’s programs touch the lives of over 6,000 participants of all denominations annually through our work with with Jewish Day Schools, Congregational Schools, Synagogues, camps, and youth groups,.
This summer, Teva is traveling from Denver to Connecticut on a mind-bending adventure to open minds and stretch imaginations, showing communities all along the east coast the power we have as individuals to change the course of history and flip the environmental damage we see around us on its head! And what better way is there to spread this message than on a Topsy-Turvy School Bus that runs on used vegetable-oil collected from restaurants along the way?
On our tour we’ll be building, celebrating, and strengthening the communities we visit through innovative learning methods and grassroots action around Jewish values and renewable energy topics. We’ll stretch mind muscles, dream big, connect to ancient ecological wisdom, and discover creative ways to re-think energy and conservation issues, from worm composting to human-powered bicycle generators.
We live in a world where limited resources are overused and quickly discarded, where pollution poisons waterways and the air we breathe, where our food production methods are unsustainable and unhealthy, and where people are losing their connection to the natural world. On this tour we will show people that things don’t have to be this way, and that the power of positive, forward thinking individuals of every age can impact the entire planet.
We’ll be travelling during the summer leading up to the shmita year, a biblical sabbatical year of release – where the land lies fallow, debts are forgiven, and the land is redistributed. We’ll be gearing up for shmita with all of our participants, to display the transformative power of a year of release, renewal, and re-imagining.
What could we achieve for the planet and ourselves, if we re-envisioned our consumption patterns? What could we accomplish together if we focused on alternative forms of energy, or re-examined how we treat the land and our conventional farming practices? Help us begin to create the answers to these and many as yet undiscovered questions along our journey.