Lifelong Learning: Walk the Talk: Knowing Nature through a Jewish Lens

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Sat, 02/25/2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Meet at Mishkan, then carpool to the woods. Led by Steve Jones.

Walk the Talk is a series of guided outdoor experiences in which participants learn about “reading” the natural landscape as a text. Participants walk for about an hour and a half in the nearby Wissahickon forest, learn about ecological relationships among forest creatures, make blessings, and study short Jewish texts.

On the February 25th winter walk, we note that the sap is rising in the seemingly sleeping forest, and we can sense the forest coming back to life through the cold. Our April 29th spring walk is likely to focus on the bird migration from Central and South America to our woods, along with the flowering of many of the plants native to our valley.

All ages are welcome to meet at Mishkan Shalom after services, then carpool to a starting point for the walk in the nearby woods. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and sensible clothes for the outdoors.

Steve Jones teaches English at Community College of Philadelphia and is president of Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers, a community-based ecological restoration program. He teaches English at Community College of Philadelphia and Chairs Mishkan Shalom's Spiritual Life Council. Steve also leads Nature Walks at Mishkan's annual Weekend in the Woods at Camp JRF in the Pocono Mountains.

$5.00/session (members and non-members). We will not collect money on Shabbat; please pay in advance.

Register online: Walk the Talk

4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19128 - ph: (215) 508-0226 / Site map