Rabbi Gendler’s Reflections – a shared post

Today is Martin Luther King Day. We are sharing a post that Rabbi Gendler wrote in April 2013. It is a nice reflection about his participation in a demonstration at the Arlington National Cemetery with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and specifically Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath. He shares a history and perspective not often discussed in regard to [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Project Spotlight: Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s Jewish-Muslim Dialogue

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s (YCT) Gendler Grapevine Project included sending YCT student Sam Englender to an eight-week program where he would study Arabic at Zaytuna College, America’s only Muslim liberal arts college. He partook in Zaytuna’s Intensive Summer Arabic Program and was one of two non-Muslim students. He had the opportunity to be immersed in a [...]

By | December 5th, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Project Spotlight: Jewish Farm School’s Shorashim – Rooted in Justice

Jewish Farm School’s initiative, Shorashim: Rooted in Justice, is a teen-focused series of workshops that uses food as a lens through which to explore a rich range of topics, including sustainability, worker’s rights, social justice, and Jewish traditions. Their project hit the ground running this fall. They are currently in the middle of the series with their [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Project Spotlight: Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism’s Plan Bee

The goal of Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism’s (HCRJ) Gendler Grapevine Project initiative (Plan Bee: Honey Production in a Jewish Context) is to offer a range of learning opportunities for students of all ages that revolve around the production of honey from an onsite beehive. In August, they had their first professional development meeting of [...]

By | November 15th, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Project Spotlight: Edlavitch DCJCC’s Environmental and Food Justice Family Workshop Series

The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center's (EDCJCC) Gendler Grapevine Project initiative will develop a family workshop series focused on environmental and food justice. For their first activity, they hosted a successful fall family food justice workshop. They brought together six families (a total 24 participants) on Sunday, September 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. for Apples for Everyone! A [...]

By | November 7th, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Project Spotlight: JCC Chicago’s Shabbat and Holiday Programs

JCC Chicago’s Gendler Grapevine Project, Environmental Infused Shabbat and Holiday Programs, centers on environmental-focused community programming for Shabbat and Jewish holidays. They have built upon the momentum of this initiative's extremely successful first year and in its second year are continuing and expanding the programming with a shared environmental and Jewish lens. Through this program, they’ve engaged and [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Project Spotlight: Hazon’s Ritual Craft Making Project

Hazon is a recipient of a Gendler Grapevine Project "L'dor V'dor" grant. For their initiative, they are developing a ritual craft making project in Teva, their experiential Jewish environmental education program for middle school children. Through this initiative, they will develop lesson plans for five ritual crafts: Wood-burned Challah Boards; Recycled Glass Kiddush Cups; Recycled Metal Washing Cups; Hand-whittled [...]

By | October 15th, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Growing and Counting the Omer at the Louisville J

Guest Blog Post by Michael Fraade שִׁבְעָ֥ה שָׁבֻעֹ֖ת תִּסְפָּר־לָ֑ךְ מֵהָחֵ֤ל חֶרְמֵשׁ֙ בַּקָּמָ֔ה תָּחֵ֣ל לִסְפֹּ֔ר שִׁבְעָ֖ה שָׁבֻעֽוֹת׃ וְעָשִׂ֜יתָ חַ֤ג שָׁבֻעוֹת֙ לַה אֱלֹהֶ֔יךָ מִסַּ֛ת נִדְבַ֥ת יָדְךָ֖ אֲשֶׁ֣ר תִּתֵּ֑ן כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר יְבָרֶכְךָ֖ ה אֱלֹהֶֽיךָ׃ You shall count off seven weeks; start to count the seven weeks when the sickle is first put to the standing grain. Then you shall observe [...]

By | June 27th, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

2017 HaBanim HaBonim Projects are Announced!

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Gendler Grapevine Project’s “HaBanim HaBonim” initiatives! With the goal of inspiring the next generation, each of our grantees proposed innovative, interesting, and engaging projects. Applicants drew inspiration from the life and teachings of Rabbi Gendler, recognizing that he incorporated his theories and teachings into physical and practical action that resonated with his [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments

Project Spotlight: IKAR and Shalhevet High School

IKAR and Shalhevet High School have been working together throughout the year to develop the school's greening efforts. On April 25th, IKAR and Shalhevet High School came together with Netiya to plant six fruit trees on the rooftop of their shared space. After learning from their rabbis on the importance of caring for our natural [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|Heard it through the GRAPEVINE|0 Comments