Events in the Wider Community

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Announcements | No Comments
 Come to the redwoods with your whole family to celebrate Tu B’Shvat, the unseen awakening of spring. In the tradition of the mystics of Tsfat, we gather in the forest to create an experiential Tu B’Shvat seder (ceremony) that connects us to the trees and the elements. Wilderness Torah’s Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods.  Sunday, January 24, 2016 | 10 am to 3:30 pm.  Roberts Regional Recreation Area, Oakland.
Sparks of Light Tour to Israel and the West Bank
September 12 – 24, 2016
For further info, email: Peacebuilderstour@gmail.comThis tour is focused on meeting Israeli and Palestinian peace builders who hold each people with respect for their humanity, needs and rights. We will meet organizations using a variety (and sometimes, a combination) of approaches. These include education, dialog, political action, sports, medicine, interfaith alliances and living together. We will also be introduced to various cultures such as the Druze, Bedouin, Bahai, Jewish Israeli and Palestinian. There will be tours of Old City Jerusalem, Old Jaffa, Haifa and Bethlehem. Tour guides will be both Palestinian and Israeli. Periodically, we will hold group discussions among the tour participants, led by trained, in-country, facilitators. MEJDI, the tour company, is a joint Palestinian/Israeli venture and was selected by National Geographic to arrange their tours.

The local tour originators and coordinators are Judy Gussmann (Jewish) and Seema Dajani (Palestinian). They have experience as co-facilitators in Jewish/Israeli-Palestinian dialog and started a Palestinian-German-Jewish circle, now in its fifth year. Additionally, they have done presentations about various aspects of the Palestinian-Jewsh/Israeli relationships. Last Spring, they went on an exploratory trip to interact with peace building groups. They were amazed and impressed with the work being done and the extraordinary human beings doing it. Many of those are included in this tour, along with some others.

The ultimate purpose of the trip is to expose people to the organizations that bring light to such a darkly conflicted place, with the possibility that tour members will be moved to support one/some of them and help them become larger and stronger. In such troubled times, this feels more urgent than ever.


Camp Tawonga’s 2016 program dates are available on our website and registration opens in December! Tawonga is a Jewish, residential summer camp that is American Camp Association accredited, and has a staff/camper ratio of 1/1.5. Tawonga’s beautiful 160 acre property is located right outside Yosemite National Park in Stanislaus National Forest. Tawonga offers camp sessions as well as teen leadership, a teen service learning trip to Washington D.C., and adventure travel programs for 2nd through 12th graders. Tawonga also offers weekend family camps.

Join us for a Camp Tawonga information session! Meet Camp Tawonga Directors to learn about our great programs, and get all your questions answered. Snacks and activities for kids provided! Tell a friend! Bring a friend!

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