Celebrate Judaism and ecology this Sunday in Vaughan


By: Leigh Brown

In celebration of their second season, Kavanah Garden, the educational, organic garden at the Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan, is inviting members of the public to a community festival on Sunday July 11 from 12-4pm.

Under the auspices of Torah HaTeva, the Jewish Nature Centre of Canada, and in partnership with the Schwartz/Reisman Centre, Kavanah Garden’s Community Festival will feature garden activities, nature crafts, solar oven cooking, community drum circle, volunteer projects and more.

Kavanah Garden’s mission is to actively engage community members in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, by offering programs that are hands-on, transformative, and rooted in Jewish ecological and agricultural wisdom.

“Judaism is rich in ecological wisdom - this Sunday we invite the community to join us in exploring our deep relationship with the natural world while celebrating the growing season,” said Risa Alyson Strauss, Kavanah Garden Director.

Strauss marvels at the accomplishments and strides that have been made at the garden over the last 18 months.

“In the last year and a half we have been awed and humbled by the outpouring of community support for the garden space and our programs,” said Strauss. “Since opening, we have hosted over 2,400 community members at our programs, events, and workshops, and have grown over 500 pounds of fresh, local, organic produce for tzedakah.”

The Kavanah Garden is located at 18 Lebovic Campus Drive in Vaughan.

The event is free of charge, but a suggested donation of $6 per person or $18 per family is requested.

For more information on the Kavanah Garden, please visit www.kavanahgarden.org.

The Kavanah Garden is a participant in the Social Entrepreneurship Pilot Project of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

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