Between the start of classes and the start of the 5770s we are excited about the learning and growth that will take place at HUC-JIR this year. Last semester, members of the student body worked to pull up approximately 200 feet worth of sod just outside the patio of our building. During the first week back this fall, we mixed dirt with compost to create fertile soil and laid a walking path that turned the rectangle of dirt into 6 separate beds to represent the 6 days that God created. The next day, on August 19, we were visited by our first butterfly and, along with Bruce Phillips, planted the first seedlings (beans, winter squash and cucumbers...all that came from Bruce's home garden). On this same day, Heath Watenmaker, Brad Cohen and Jessy Gross attended a meeting of a newly forming coalition in Los Angeles of Jewish organizations committed to growing their own food, sharing that food and understanding the values and texts in our tradition relevant to this process.
Our hope is that this garden will be many things:
Please join us on Wednesday, September 9 during Tefillah (10 - 10:30) for a special tefillah in which we dedicate the garden.