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Symposium on Spirituality and the Environment

         Sunday, November 14; 10:00am-12:30pm


Food Justice and Faith: Nourishing Our Bodies and Our Souls

We invite our friends of all faiths and backgrounds to join the conversations at this Symposium and hope to help the Boulder community step forward to advance a spiritually-based response to environmental stewardship and community actions.

Moderator: Rabbi Fred Greene, Congregation Har HaShem


BECCA GAN-LEVY (she/her/hers)

Becca Gan Levy runs Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC, an educational and sustainable farm which brings the community together for experiential programs and activities grounded in Jewish heritage, tradition, and values. The farm provides a place for individuals to connect on the simplest level with soil, plants, animals, and each other. She has a Masters in Agriculture, Food and the Environment from Tufts University, a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz, has studied at the Arava Institute for Educational Studies in Israel, and is an alum of Adamah, the Jewish Environmental Fellowship. When she is not at Milk and Honey Farm, you can find her mothering three young children, striving to be a loving partner, or taking her dog on a trail run.

HAYDEN DANSKY (they/them/theirs)

Hayden Dansky works to create a more just and less wasteful food system via bicycle-based distribution of surplus produce and community-led systems. Their primary focuses are decreasing food access barriers, increasing health equity, and building community-led and participatory programs that support the inherent leadership of individuals within the community.


DINA COATES (she/her/hers)

 Dina Coates has been at Community Food Share since 2016. Her career spans 25 years in the non-profit realm with an emphasis on food insecurity, domestic violence, and child abuse prevention. Community Food Share, a Feeding America food bank, has experienced an over 30% increase in demand since the beginning of the pandemic and anticipates the impact on local families will continue for many years to come. Ms. Coates and her team work diligently to educate the community on the complexities of food insecurity, pre and post pandemic, in an effort to sustain the mission to eliminate local hunger.


10:00    Rabbi Fred Greene, Welcome
10:05    David Bachrach, Opening Comments & Land Acknowledgement
10:15    Rabbi Deborah Bronstein, “Opening Prayer,” Rabbi Emerita, Congregation Har HaShem
10:20    Becca Gan Levy, “Using Spiritual Wisdom to Inspire Personal and Collective Change for a More Resilient Food System”
10:50    Hayden Dansky, “Redistributing Produce and Power: Community-Led Programming Creates Food Access”
11:10    Dina Coates, “Making a (BIG) Dent in Food Equity: Boulder Community Food Share Distributes 13-million Pounds of Food Annually… But It Is Still Not Enough”
11:20    Break
11:30    Panel Discussion: “Further Engaging the Greater Boulder Community in Addressing Food (In)Justice”
12:00    Break Out Groups

We gratefully acknowledge that this Symposium is underwritten by the Bachrach Endowment Fund at Congregation Har HaShem.

Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782