Apr. 6, 2010
During the time between Passover and Shavuot (the counting of the Omer), members of Main Line Reform Temple will join together for a program series called "Guarding the Earth, Bite by Bite: An Edible Journey from Passover to Shavuot." The program comprises a series of "bites" that each represents one of the many diverse entry points into Jewish food consciousness. Sessions will teach congregants about local, sustainable, and healthy eating choices, and place the issue in the context of Jewish values, teachings, and holidays. Highlights include a family Shabbat dinner focused on food choices that are healthy for ourselves and our planet, a two-part workshop on sustainable agriculture, an interfaith “Righteous Reading” group that discusses Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and a "Cook for a Friend" evening of making meals for the homebound.
The counting of the Omer, an ancient food offering, reminds us that the redemption we celebrate each year on Passover is incomplete without the responsibility symbolized by Torah, which we commemorate on Shavuot. The "Bite by Bite" program represents a journey from the freedom of Passover to the responsibility of Shavuot, through the lens of our food choices. For more information contact Rabbinic Intern Matt Soffer.