My Week at Teva
Last week I attended the Teva Learning Alliance Seminar with a wide range of Jewish professionals from around the world. For three days we exchanged ideas and skills on sustainable living, advocacy and education. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Isabella Friedman Center in north-central Connecticut (albeit a schlep and a half from civilization) the participants enjoyed the sights and sounds of nature and the delicacies provided by sustainable farming practices on the premises. I was there to co-present with the Coalition from the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) on advocacy and where related legislation stands in Congress. However, it was also a great opportunity to connect with our Jewish leaders, educators and clergy who care about environmental protection and sustainable living.
Among the most interesting sessions were a discussion of Christian and Muslim perspectives on the environment a seminar on Creation Care and Kabbalah, a wild mushroom hunt and a cheese-making demonstration. But perhaps the most interesting was the talk and demonstration of a soferet (scribe) on how to turn an animal hide into parchment for Torah scrolls.
Spending a few days surrounded by nature where wild mushrooms were in greater abundance than spots with cell service was rejuvenating. The exchange of ideas and information that the Teva conference facilitated was fantastic. We all came away with new ideas, greater understanding and new friends.