Events & Lectures

In this section you will find all the events and lectures dedicated to Shmita, that are scheduled to take place throughout the year. 

As a Masorti/Conservative movement, we believe in bringing new meaning to ancient traditions, and therefore created this special series of lectures devoted to different aspects of Shmita and how they relate to our modern lives. On the first Sunday of each month a new lecture will be uploaded to this page. The lectures will be given by a variety of influential figures from within the  Masorti/Conservative movement, and other inspirational organizations and fields of expertise.

Each lecture will be in English with subtitles in French, Spanish and more.

The lectures are in English but subtitles in other languages are also available.

Launch Event - August 24, 2021

The Masorti Olami Shmita project was launched on August 24, 2021, just before Rosh Hashana. In this event we introduced the topic of Shmita, and heard a fascinating lecture by Dr. Ruth Calderon, former Member of Knesset and Founder and Director of Alma, Home for Jewish Culture, which can be viewed here:

Shmita and Zionism - October 12, 2021

Our first lecture to open our series of monthly lectures is on the topic of Shmita and Zionism, presented by Dr. Yizhar Hess, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization.

This lecture discusses how the Mitzvah of Shmita was implemented in the early days of the Zionist enterprise, in the late 1800s. When the first settlers came back to the land of Israel after years of exile, they suddenly found themselves having to face the dilemma of observing Shmita for the very first time.

Laws of Shmita - November 7, 2021

In this lecture, Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institutes, INC., explains the Halachot (Jewish laws) related to Shmita, and walks us through his fascinating Tshuva (response) on Shmita and how it can be implemented in the land of Israel.

Shmita as a Way of Life  - December 19, 2021

Talia Schneider is an Israeli author, lecturer, and the founder of Permaculture Israel. Talia is a person who practices what she preaches, and in this lecture, she tells us all about how Shmita became more than just a tradition for her, but an actual way of life. We went to visit Talia in her fascinating home, which is known as Beit Ya'ar – meaning the home of the forest, where she operates an ecological garden to grow her own food, she collects rainwater, runs the only ecological printing house in Israel and teaches hundreds of students the ways of Shmita, permaculture and sustainable living, all in the context of Judaism

Interested in learning more about Shmita and Permaculture with Talia Schenider?

She offers a few courses in Hebrew on her website:

The secrets of Shmita:


Shmita in the Modern Day - January 10, 2022

Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice President American Jewish University, Abner & Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, Professor of Philosophy

Shmita and the number 7 – What’s in a number? - March 13, 2022

Rabbi Dalia Marx, PH.D, is the Rabbi Aaron Panken Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR's Jerusalem campus. A tenth-generation Jerusalemite, she earned her doctorate at the Hebrew University and her rabbinic ordination at HUC-JIR. She is active in promoting liberal Judaism in Israel and writes for academic and popular journals. She has written and edited several books, and most recently served as chief editor of the Israeli Reform siddur, Tfillat HaAdam (2020). Her book, From Time to Time: Journeys in the Jewish Calendar (Hebrew 2018), is currently translated to German, Spanish and English.

Shmita and Spirituality - April 24, 2022

Rabbi Yerachmiel Meiersdorf, Rabbii of Marom.

During the lecture Rabbi Yerach discusses how to look and Shmita as an opportunity for spiritual connection between us, the land, nature and god.

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