Welcome to Innovative Judaism! Through this new series, we'll be highlighting Jewish organizations, causes, and individuals who are helping to shape a new, alternative, and innovative relationship to Judaism. Spanning from local to international, from grassroots to policy-driven, these innovators run the diverse gamut of Jewish experience. Read, check them out, and get involved! There are so many ways to engage with Judaism in a meaningful way, and we hope to inspire you just through highlighting a few.
This week the spotlight is on Ganei Beantown: Beantown Jewish Gardens, a Boston-based organization that strives to connect Jewish community and identity to food sustainability and justice. With roots in such Jewish food and environmental organizations such as Teva, the Jewish nature retreat center, Adamah, the Jewish farming and food justice fellowship, and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Ganei Beantown works to help Jewish communities and individuals form a healthier, more fulfilling, and more sustainable relationship to food and the food system through the Jewish lens. Notable events and initiatives of theirs inclde the incredible Boston Jewish Food Conference, a yearly event whose goal is to encourage nuanced conversations about our food system in both Jewish and non-Jewish contexts. See more information on their website and you can help to cultivate Jewish food justice too!