Canfei Nesharim offers Torah teachings, activities and resources related to nearly every Jewish holiday. Whether to enrich your personal learning or to inspire your school and community, these resources can help you celebrate with an eye to environmental consciousness and Torah wisdom.
On Sukkot, we remember the Simchat Beit Hashoeva (Celebration of the Water Drawing Ceremony) and on Shemini Atzeret we begin our prayers for rain. Our rabbis and ancestors understood that water is essential for life. Canfei Nesharim encourages communities to focus on appreciating water on Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret.
Much of our celebration of Hanukkah revolves around the miracle of the oil. In Biblical and Talmudic times, olive oil was used for light and heat. The limitations on olive oil often posed problems in ancient times– just as limited availability of energy resources poses a problem today. On Hanukkah, Canfei Nesharim encourages communities to explore ways to reduce their energy usage.
Tu b’Shevat, the New Year for Trees, is a great time to focus on environmental learning and actions. Whether you are planning a Tu b’Shevat Seder, looking for children’s activities, or simply looking to learn what the Torah says about protecting the environment, our Annual Tu b’Shevat Learning and Action Campaign has resources to help you.
Activity: Plan a Successful Tu b’Shevat Seder
For Your Community: Haggadot for download or order
Learn: Trees, Torah and Caring for the Earth
Tu b’Shevat Torah Learning
All Tu b’Shevat Resources
Purim is a wonderful time to integrate eco-friendly themes into your celebration. Whether sending gifts of food to friends, creating costumes, or preparing the festive Purim meal, there are many opportunities to conserve precious resources and share environmental education messages with your friends and neighbors.
As exciting as it is to look forward to Pesach with family and friends, preparations for the holiday can be stressful on ourselves, our families and the environment. You can reduce that stress with Canfei Nesharim’s eco-friendly and healthy program ideas and cleaning suggestions for your family and community.
During the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot we count the Omer. With its connection to the land, this is also a great time to increase our connection with and commitment to the planet.
Learn: Grapes, Goats, and Greenbelts: Sustainability and Settling the Land
Lesson Plan: Our Relationship to the Land
Fact Sheet: The State of Our Land
Omer Counter 5772
All Omer-Shavuot Resources
The “Three Weeks” leading up to and including Tisha B’Av commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. It is a time for examining the spiritual roots of destruction and redemption, which have profound relevance for our relationship with our planet and the natural resources Hashem provides us.