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Not Your Average Nature Walk


Special needs children and their families recently enjoyed a unique adventure through nature – with a distinct Israeli spin.


On Sunday, January 11, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and its partner agency Friedman Commission for Jewish Education (CJE) collaborated on an interactive Teva Trek (Jewish Nature Walk) family engagement program. Families and children who took part also participate in Friedman CJE’s J.N. Somers YAD Hebrew School for Children with Special Needs.

The children and families were led on the nature walk at Okeeheelee Nature Center by our community’s Shlichim (Israeli emissaries), Shani and Nir Boneh.

The book – which is included in the incredible PJ Library® program – introduces children to the Jewish value of Bal Tashchit, the importance of protecting the environment and not destroying or wasting natural resources.

Families also discussed similarities and differences between the environment in our area and in Israel. The Shlichim even showed the families how to take a coffee bean plant and roast a cup of “Israeli style” coffee.

This program was part of many Teva Treks held through Federation and Friedman CJE, using PJ Library® stories to further engage local families and to bring Jewish learning in to nature.


To learn more about Teva Treks in your neighborhood, contact Amy Bergman, Friedman CJE's Director of Jewish Family Life, at 561.209.2608 or via email.

To learn more about Friedman CJE and the PJ Library program, click here.

To learn more about the JN Somers Yad Hebrew School for Children with Special Needs, click here.

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