This 2 Feb. 2021 announcement from Earth Ministry:
“Earth Ministry/WAIPL is joining with Congregation Beth Shalom and the Shmita Project Northwest to host a distinguished speaker series in the months leading up to the Shmita Year 5782, which begins later this fall with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
“In the Jewish tradition, the Shmita Year takes place once every seven years, analogous to the weekly Sabbath every seven days. Also known as the Sabbath of the Land or Year of Release, Shmita invites us all to re-examine our relationship with Earth, the Divine, and one another.
“In the Shmita year, we are called to rest alongside the land, equally share the abundance of our landscapes with one another and with the wild creatures, deemphasize money, and release debts. Come learn and grow with us as we prepare for year ahead!
“The first two speakers in the Shmita series are:
“Rabbi Ellen Bernstein –Register here
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 12-1pm PT
The Ecological Roots of the Passover Haggadah: An Earthy Seder for Today
“Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, founder of the first national Jewish environmental organization (Shomrei Adamah), will be discussing the deep ecological roots of the Passover Haggadah and how she has brought them alive in her new Haggadah, The Promise of the Land. Rabbi Bernstein will also discuss opportunities for holding a community Earth Seder in the time of a pandemic.
“Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin – Registration coming soon
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 10-11am PT
“Author and environmental activist Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin will help us answer two important questions in the context of Shmita: In a world facing the urgent challenges of climate change and environmental degradation, how should a Jew live? What does Jewish Law (Halakhah) teach and require in the matter of sustainability?
“These ongoing conversations will offer the opportunity to deepen our awareness of Jewish thought as it pertains to the central themes of Shmita. We’ll also develop bonds of community with others in the Pacific Northwest who are also on this journey of discovery and creative manifestation.
“Please join us! All are welcome.
LeeAnne Beres (she/her)
Earth Ministry,5515 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103