Peninsula B’hootz Elements
Learn more about Shoreshim (grades 1–2), Etzim (grades 3–4),
PENINSULA B’HOOTZ: GRADES K–4
Your child may begin their journey in B’hootz Shoreshim (Roots),
exploring through play and imagination the wonder of creation through a Jewish lens.
Your child can then progress into B’hootz Etzim (Trees),
gaining deeper knowledge of the relationship between Judaism and the cycles of nature while learning wilderness skills.
For participants in grades 1–2. Nourish the roots of Jewish nature connection.
Shoreshim is an adventurous, creative, and playful program, full of imaginative storytelling, singing, and games that embody the Jewish lessons of each session.
For youth in grades 3–4. Grow the branches and leaves of Jewish nature connection.
Etzim brings Jewish concepts to life by connecting mind, heart, and body through adventure, hands-on skills like wild food processing, basketry, and whittling, tracking, and nature connection skills.
Parents join the nature-connection journey too! Each child’s experience at B’hootz improves when parents get involved.
The parent program is a great way to stay connected to your child’s journey in B’hootz! Parents are invited to join at key points throughout the season.
B’hootz days are active and engaging. They provide opportunities for youth to experience Judaism as vibrant, nature-connected, relevant and fun.
Check out a sample schedule of what your child might experience as we celebrate Passover in B’hootz:
- 10:00 am-10:20 am: Arrival Activities
– Practice Fire by Friction
– Play Salmon, Bear, Mosquito — a kid favorite
- 10:20 am-10:30 am: Opening Circle
– Sing Modeh Ani (Jewish gratitude prayer) and enjoy a Redwood Theater Passover performance
- 10:30 am-11:30 am: Nature Connection- Passover Adventures
– Shoreshim: Exodus hike and scavenger hunt
– Etzim: Passover Seder (traditonal ordered ceremony) Relay Race
- 11:30 am -12:00 pm: Lunch
- 12:00 pm- 12:45 pm: Wilderness Skills- Passover Crafts
– Shoreshim: Make Matzah over a fire
– Etzim: Whittle Walking Sticks
- 12:45 pm- 1:00 pm: Closing Circle
– Share stories about the day
– Bless and eat the Matzah and close with a song: Od Yavo Shalom (Jewish prayer for peace)
Meet the Mentors
Learn more about some of our amazing mentors who bring Judaism to life with the seasons!