Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, an Educator Resource Guide from the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Based on the San Francisco exhibition, Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art and Jewish Thought, this educator's resource guide provides information and ideas for exploring themes of environmentalism, trees in Jewish tradition, and the tree as a universal symbol. This guide shares works of artists who were asked to reflect on trees, Tu B'shevat, and the concepts of "do not destroy" (ba'al tashchit), and "repairing the world" (tikkun olam.)
This resource is designed to enhance your learning by providing:
- An overview of the Contemporary Jewish Museum exhibition, Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought;
- an essay on the interconnections of Jewish people, Torah text, and the environment, "From Roots to Fruits: The Life of the Trees and the Tree of Life," by Dr. Jeremy Benstein;
- Jewish source texts on trees, including agricultural cycles, environmental stewardship, and spiritual teachings;
- images of new works from teh exhibition with guiding questions for classroom use.