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Shavuot First Fruits Festival
June 1, 2014


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Shavuot First Fruits Festival

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 10 am – 4:30 pm

The Beautiful Bort Meadow Campground

Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Oakland

Connect to Nature | Learn Primitive Skills & Nature Crafts

Discover Shmita* | Celebrate Your First Fruits

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SM12-kidsIn addition to recalling Moses’ revelation atop Mt. Sinai, Shavuot ushers in the summer season with a harvest celebration of the bikkurim (“first fruits of the season”). This year Wilderness Torah invites you to our first ever Shavuot First Fruits Festival.

This year, join us for a one-day Shavuot Festival and BBQ for adults and children of all ages to celebrate the bikkurim, the first fruits of the season.

We will gather as a community to deepen our connections to nature, learn new skills, and explore shmita, ancient teachings on how we can build ecologically and culturally regenerative community today.

We will also celebrate OUR First Fruits — bring the fresh food from your gardens, news of your new job, child, or any other new transitions, changes, or accomplishments in your life worth celebrating in community.

Here’s what’s in store for this multi-generational summer celebration:

  • A morning of nature activities in the wilds of Chabot Park (hikes, tracking, native plants)
  • Middle Eastern style picnic and BBQ over an open-fire (vegetarian or meat lunch provided)
  • Communal first fruits sharing ceremony (strawberries, marriages, babies, new skills, life changes… what is your first fruit this year?)
  • Shmita Project launch*: teaching and discussion groups
  • Primitive Skills and Nature Crafts Fair: Flour grinding and bread baking (Shavuot also celebrates the wheat harvest), no match fires, basket making, and more!
  • Children’s adventure with amazing Jewish nature mentors

Please arrive by 9:45 am so you have time to settle and be ready for opening circle at 10 am.

Children’s B’hootz sytle program sponsored in part by PJ Library PJ Library logo

SM12-bundle* Introducing Shmita to Wilderness Torah

This Shavuot, Wilderness Torah will introduce Shmita, the Biblical “sabbatical year” of rest and release, when agriculture and commerce were readjusted to enable a more equitable, just, and healthy society, economy, and environment. Today, organizations and communities across the Jewish world, particularly through Hazon’s Shmita Project, are sparking a conversation about how to incorporate Shmita in modern life as the cornerstone for creating regenerative culture, sustainable food systems, and ecological economies. Wilderness Torah will join this movement by introducing Shmita through this first community exploration.

Everyone is welcome at Wilderness Torah events. We create pluralistic, multi-generational community celebrations to reconnect us to the earth-based traditions of Judaism. We welcome Jews, non-Jews, interfaith couples, the LGBTQ community, and people of color. We do our best to offer a range of activities so that people of all backgrounds and experience levels can plug in.

Participants should be comfortable in the outdoors and committed to a shared group experience. Please join us to learn about and celebrate the holiday of Shavuot!