Jewish Nature Connection

New for this Year

@akiva Jewish Nature Connection environmental leadership program

New for this Year

@akiva Jewish Nature Connection environmental leadership program

New for this Year

@akiva Jewish Nature Connection environmental leadership program

About the Program

The @akiva Jewish Nature Connection is an environmental leadership program with a specific focus on Agriculture. During the program, Cleveland high school students come together for six learning sessions centered around learning about the Cleveland area, its Jewish community and its agricultural opportunities (see below for a detailed description of each session). The six sessions will be led by Yoshi Silverstein, founder and director of the Mitsui Collective.

Following the six sessions, the teens will work together with Yoshi Silverstein, @akiva staff members and a Shin Shin to create a ten-hour project to implement in the local community. While the exact project will be co-created with the teens, options put to them may include education sessions for fellow teens and children in the community, an urban gardening project, and a CSA partnership. Teens will be given seed funding in order to build and launch their project of choice.

Session Descriptions and Locations

More Information

1. The program is open to 9-12 graders

2. The Program is Free

3. Sessions will start at 1:30pm.

4. At the time of each activity we will follow COVID-19 guidelines provided by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the CDC. We may be physically distant, but we will be socially connected.

About Yoshi

Yoshi, the founder & executive director of Mitsui Collective, is a Chinese-Ashkenazi-American Jew and an educator, coach, speaker, husband, and father. Prior to founding Mitsui Collective, Yoshi was Director of the JOFEE Fellowship at Hazon from its launch through its first four cohorts, through which he catalyzed the growth and leadership of over 60 emerging professionals working across the US and Canada in the realm of Jewish relationship to land, food, culture, climate, and community. He holds over two decades of experience in both Jewish and secular outdoor, food, farming, and environmental education — including time working at the Teva Center (CT), Kayam Farm at the Pearlstone Center (MD), Camp Wise (OH), and Camp Solomon Schechter (WA). Yoshi earned his Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at University of Maryland with a thesis focusing on landscape journey and experience in Jewish outdoor learning environments.

About the Program

The @akiva Jewish Nature Connection is an environmental leadership program with a specific focus on Agriculture. During the program, Cleveland high school students come together for six learning sessions centered around learning about the Cleveland area, its Jewish community and its agricultural opportunities (see below for a detailed description of each session). The six sessions will be led by Yoshi Silverstein, the founder and director of Mitsui Collective.

Following the six sessions, the teens will work together with Yoshi Silverstein, @akiva staff members and a Shin Shin to create a ten-hour project to implement in the local community. While the exact project will be co-created with the teens, options put to them may include education sessions for fellow teens and children in the community, an urban gardening project, and a CSA partnership. Teens will be given seed funding in order to build and launch their project of choice.

Session Descriptions and Locations

About Yoshi

Yoshi, the founder & executive director of Mitsui Collective, is a Chinese-Ashkenazi-American Jew and an educator, coach, speaker, husband, and father. Prior to founding Mitsui Collective, Yoshi was Director of the JOFEE Fellowship at Hazon from its launch through its first four cohorts, through which he catalyzed the growth and leadership of over 60 emerging professionals working across the US and Canada in the realm of Jewish relationship to land, food, culture, climate, and community. He holds over two decades of experience in both Jewish and secular outdoor, food, farming, and environmental education — including time working at the Teva Center (CT), Kayam Farm at the Pearlstone Center (MD), Camp Wise (OH), and Camp Solomon Schechter (WA). Yoshi earned his Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at University of Maryland with a thesis focusing on landscape journey and experience in Jewish outdoor learning environments.

More Information

1. The program is open to 9-12 graders

2. The Program is Free

3. Sessions will start at 1:30pm.

4. At the time of each activity we will follow COVID-19 guidelines provided by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the CDC. We may be physically distant, but we will be socially connected.

About the Program

The @akiva Jewish Nature Connection is an environmental leadership program with a specific focus on Agriculture. During the program, Cleveland high school students come together for six learning sessions centered around learning about the Cleveland area, its Jewish community and its agricultural opportunities (see below for a detailed description of each session). The six sessions will be led by Yoshi Silverstein, the founder and director of Mitsui Collective.

Following the six sessions, the teens will work together with Yoshi Silverstein, @akiva staff members and a Shin Shin to create a ten-hour project to implement in the local community. While the exact project will be co-created with the teens, options put to them may include education sessions for fellow teens and children in the community, an urban gardening project, and a CSA partnership. Teens will be given seed funding in order to build and launch their project of choice.

Session Descriptions and Locations

1. The program is open to 9-12 graders

2. The Program is Free

3. Sessions will start at 1:30pm.

4. At the time of each activity we will follow COVID-19 guidelines provided by the State of Ohio, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and the CDC. We may be physically distant, but we will be socially connected.

More Information

About Yoshi

Yoshi, the founder & executive director of Mitsui Collective, is a Chinese-Ashkenazi-American Jew and an educator, coach, speaker, husband, and father. Prior to founding Mitsui Collective, Yoshi was Director of the JOFEE Fellowship at Hazon from its launch through its first four cohorts, through which he catalyzed the growth and leadership of over 60 emerging professionals working across the US and Canada in the realm of Jewish relationship to land, food, culture, climate, and community. He holds over two decades of experience in both Jewish and secular outdoor, food, farming, and environmental education — including time working at the Teva Center (CT), Kayam Farm at the Pearlstone Center (MD), Camp Wise (OH), and Camp Solomon Schechter (WA). Yoshi earned his Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at University of Maryland with a thesis focusing on landscape journey and experience in Jewish outdoor learning environments.

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