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Cultivating the Soul and the Soil: Growing Food, Community and Jewish Spirituality at Adamah Farm


Cultivating the Soul and the Soil: Growing Food, Community and Jewish Spirituality at Adamah Farm

How can weeding, harvesting and pickling provide the backdrop for personal growth and community building? How do we use farming as a way of teaching and learning the fundamentals of ecology, religion and spirituality? For the past 13 years Adamah Farm in the Berkshire hills of western Connecticut has been growing a community of young leaders who are changing the way we think about Judaism, and about food, farming, and sustainability.


Dr. Shamu Sadeh has been a professor of environmental studies, farmer, Jewish educator, writer, and wilderness guide. He has taught ecology, Judaic Studies, and environmental studies at Portland State University, Berkshire Community College, Southern Vermont College and the Wild Rockies Field Institute. His essays and articles on Jewish ethics, environmentalism, and family history have been published in Orion, Tikkun, The Washington Jewish Week, Response, Kerem, and the anthology Ecology and the Jewish Spirit (1998, Jewish Lights Publishing). Shamu holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College, a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from University of Montana, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Portland State University. He co-founded and has directed the Adamah Farm and Fellowship for the past 13 years. He has the ancestral connections for his work at Adamah because his great grandparents were Jewish farmers who practiced the mystical art of composting. Shamu lives with his wife and two kids at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut.

co-sponsored by the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program at the School of Divinity and Temple Emanuel (Winston-Salem), WFU Hillel, WFU Jewish Life Department, and WFU Global Food Committee

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Wingate Hall, Room 202
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Speakers, Lectures


School of Divinity

Target Audience

Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students






Contact name

Hilary Floyd, Program Associate

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