Jacob's Ladder Farm

Where Torah Comes Alive!



ANIMALS
Kindness to Animals
Midot (Good Traits) We Learn from Animals
Brachah Workshop
Pets Do Our Chores (Jewish Ecology)

You Are Noah! (Parashat Noach)
Animals of the Torah (Bible) & Talmud (Chullin)
Kosher Signs of Animals & Birds (Parashat Shmini)
Living Shofars & Kosher Feet
Living Shofars & Kosher Feet/Make Your Own Shofar
Baby Animals 

ERETZ YISRAEL (Land of Israel)
Peace Garden
Shiv'at HaMinim
Sword into Plowshare
Make Your Own Dinner Triangle

MISHKAN/LIFE in BIBLICAL TIMES
SPINNING-WEAVING
Spin Yarn for the Mishkan
Dye Wool for the Mishkan
 
Weave A Model Goat-Hair Avraham Tent
Weave a Colorful Mini-Rug
Weave Textured White-on-White Cohen Cloth
Weave a Belt/Bookmark/Border
Wool, Flax, Bugs & Snails: Parochet Weaving (Tapestry-Weaving for the Mishkan)
METAL-WORKING
Metals of the Mishkan:  Copper [&/or Silver (Pewter)]
Metals of the Mishkan: Iron
Metals of the Mishkan:  Copper,  Silver (Pewter), Iron
BETZALEL'S WORKSHOP
Wool, Flax, Bugs & Snails: Tapestry-Weaving for the Mishkan, plus
Metals of the Mishkan:  Copper, Silver (Pewter)

MELACHOT
CHORESH-OFEH:Melachot of Baking
Make Your Own Pizza (Dash-Ofeh)
Make Your Own Sprouted Pizza (Choresh-Ofeh)
Make Your Own Pizza & Tomato Sauce (Dash-Ofeh)
Make Your Own Microwaved Mozzarella (Dash/Borer/Ofeh)
Make Your Own Pizza, Tomato Sauce, & Mozzarella (Dash-Ofeh)
Make Your Own Sprouted Pizza, Tomato Sauce, & Mozzarella (Choresh-Ofeh)
DASH: Milk Millie and Make Your Own "Land of Milk & Honey" Ice Cream! 
GOZEZ-POTZEA:Melachot of Cloth-Making
Gozez to Potzea: Sheep-to-Shawl

NATURE & TORAH (The Bible)
  


ANIMALS



Brachah Workshop
Best for ages 5 & up                                                                                                         
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How the Animal World provides us with "gifts," and how we harvest those gifts without hurting the animals we care for.  Activities may include: milk a goat, shear a sheep, feel the down on a duck, learn how to hypnotize a goose for down-gathering, pluck a molting Angora bunny, balance a peacock feather, and (in season) put baby birds down for a nap!

Length:  45 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults.

Cost without Donkey:  $7/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version requiring a great deal of active participation from you and your staff. $1/mile travelling fee.  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Extra:  Donkey, $150 additional

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ANIMALS: ANIMALS & JEWISH OUTLOOK
Pets Do Our Chores (Jewish Ecology)
Best for ages 5 & up
Mankind has been given animals to help us with our yard- and farm-work.  Sheep are our lawn mowers; goats, our weed whackers. Ducks mow around young trees; geese feast on orchard weeds and guard ducks and hens from foxes.  Guinea fowl eat bugs, including the deer ticks that cause Lyme disease, but not produce!  Guinea fowl and peacocks keep our vineyard nearly Japanese-beetle-free.  Donkeys stamp shut woodchuck holes and can protect sheep from dog attacks.  Chickens clean our cholent and crock pots and turn our compost piles looking for worms.  Meet our furry, feathery maintenance crew and learn how each species has its own special talents at keeping plant and bug life, as well as predators, in check. 

Length:  45 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults.

Cost:  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version requiring a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Extra:  Donkey, $150 (or $2/person) additional



ANIMALS: ANIMALS OF THE TORAH & TALMUD
You Are Noah! (Parashat Noach)
Best for ages 4 & up

Learn to recognize kosher signs ("clean" and "not clean") on sheep and goats as we become Noah and wish to know which animals will enter the Ark 2 by 2 or 7 by 7. {Play a game with life-sized hoofprints of wild and tame kosher animals, learn about cud chewing and grazing patterns, and understand how split hooves and cud chewing can save a kosher animal's life.  If the donkey is requested, predict and then test who will win a carrot-eating race:  a cud-chewer or a non-cud-chewer!  Examine kosher and non-kosher egg shapes and learn how a kosher bird sits!}

Next, learn not only how to feed the animals (and then feed them, as Noah had to), but also how each animal sleeps, as we will need to find each a place in the Ark to go to sleep.  In season, cuddle baby birds and learn to put them down for a nap!

Finally, watch a perching experiment with doves and quail to see why Noah sent out a dove.  {We may even be able to convince a dove to sit on a child's hand!}

Age 4 Version
As above, but with less direct teaching.  Activities in brackets are omitted.

Age 3 Version
Feed and pet sheep and goats, stroke an Angora bunny, hold baby chicks (in season), visit doves, pet a duck's back and tummy.

Length:  45 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults.

Cost without Donkey:  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff. $1/mile travelling fee.  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Extra:  Donkey, $150 (or $2/person) additional

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Animals of the Torah (Bible) & Talmud (Chullin)
Best for ages 5 & up
A Torah Zoo, with live exhibits of Torah and Talmud animals, including donkey, sheep, goats, doves, quail, peacocks, geese, and more; signs give background on each animal.  Feed and pet select Torah animals.  Tour the animals and get answers to such questions as:
Korbanot
  • Which likeable but rebellious animal, singled out for use as a sin offering, can walk on its hind legs to get into trouble?
  • How do you raise a petter rechem (first-born male sheep, goat, or bull) born in your backyard?
Kindness to Animals, Hakarat Hatov (Recognizing the Good) & Other Jewish Values
  • Who was the first person in the Torah (Bible) to make shelters for his flocks, and what name did he give the place?
  • Which nonkosher animal has special status because of its Exodus help, and how much can it carry?
  • Which line in Shema reminds us to feed our animals before we eat?
  • How can we learn good manners by not yoking a donkey and ox together?
  • Which bird is a symbol of Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home) because the father helps sit on the eggs and raise their young?
Kosher Anatomy
  • If the forelegs and hind legs of kosher animals sit directly over the two halves of the split hoof, why don't their legs unzip and fall apart?
  • Which kosher animals have horns? 
  • Which horns can make a kosher shofar?
Bird Questions
  • Which birds don't require the mitzvah of shiluach ken, and which birds require shiluach haken at night but not during the day?
  • Which bird, used by the metzorah (ancient Israelite with a skin condition due to gossip or other lashon harah ) as part of his atonement, lives in a barn but doesn't belong to the farmer?
  • How does his song help remind us to refrain from gossip?
  • Why couldn't Noah send forth a quail from the Ark?
  • Which bird did Shlomo Hamelech (King Solomon) import from Ophir?

Portions of this workshop are based on Maor L'Masechet Chullin U'vechorot.

Length:  45 minutes for each tour group of 20 or fewer children and adults; children may tour the exhibits independently with teachers or parents.

Cost without Donkey or Peacock: $350 for 2-3 hours or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in cooperation with you and your staff. $1/mile travelling fee.
Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Donkey:  $150 extra; Peacock:  $75 extra.

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Kosher Signs of Animals & Birds (Parashat Shmini)
Best for ages 5 & up
Learn to recognize kosher signs of animals and birds. 
Economy program includes goat and chicks, plus props such as kosher exotic-animal hoofprints and kosher-nonkosher eggs and egg shapes. 
Full program includes goats, donkey, llama (if available), quail, doves, chicks, ducks or geese and, in cool weather, sheep and peacocks, with kosher exotic-animal hoofprints and kosher-nonkosher eggs and egg shapes.  Optional casting of hoof prints you can take home.

Length:  45 minutes -1 3/4 hours, depending on selections.

Cost:  Economy program:  $5/person; $350 minimum.  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff. $1/mile travelling fee.
         
Full program:  $7/person; $625 minimum for up to 4 hours.



Girl and Goat with Horns

Living Shofars & Kosher Feet
Best for ages 5 & up
How can you tell a kosher animal? How do cud-chewing and split hooves help save a kosher animal's life?  Which kosher animals give kosher shofars, and why?  How do goats and sheep have opposite personalities, and how does this this insight make listening to the shofar very special?

Hands-on activities may include learning to feed sheep and goats, seeing split hooves and kosher mouths, feeling warm and cold parts of a live goat's horn, and playing Shepherd and Shearer (learning sheep-calming skills and shearing a bit of wool from a live sheep).

If donkey option is included, seeing comparisons of kosher vs non-kosher feet and mouths as well as a helping with a carrot-eating race between a kosher and a non-kosher animal to see differences in how they chew.

Hands-on props include 3-D hoof-prints of wild and tame kosher animals, including elk, antelope, and bison; cow hoof showing split; sheep and goat skulls highlighting teeth configuration of kosher mouths and hollow-forming bone within shofars; horns that don't make kosher shofars, including cow horns and a 6-foot long elk antler, which can be picked up to feel its immense weight.
Length:  45 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults.

Cost without Donkey:  $7/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Extra:  Donkey, $150 additional

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Living Shofars & Kosher Feet/
Make Your Own Shofar

(Highly Recommended)

Length:  45 minutes for per group of 20 or fewer children and adults for Living Shofars; plus 15-minute snack break; plus 1 hour for Make Your Own Shofar.

Cost:   $13/person if done at the Lubavitch Center of Columbia, MD (includes $2/person discount)
          $12/person plus $100 travelling fee if not done at the Lubavitch Center
           With Donkey:  $150 additional

Location:  Your choice, including Lubavitch Center of Columbia, MD

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ANIMALS & JEWISH VALUES


ANIMALS: ANIMALS & JEWISH VALUES
Kindness to Animals
All Ages
Orthodox Version
Feed animals, learn how to handle animals gently, and review our Jewish roots that promote kindness to animals.  What act of kindness was our forefather Jacob the first to do?  How did Moses' compassion for a lamb usher him into his role as Shepherd of the Children of Israel?  How did David's zeal in protecting his flock, unarmed, give him the skill to slay a giant and become a national her?
     Which pasuk in the Shema reminds us to feed our animals before ourselves?  Which pasuk in the Kiddush reminds us to let our animals rest on Shabbat?  How can we prevent tzaar baalei chayim to animals that need to be milked or petted on Shabbat?  Learn to pet and feed a variety of friendly animals, including sheep, goats, Angora rabbit, baby birds (in season)
. Can be done as an add-on to You Are Noah! or The Brachah Workshop for a small fee.

Reform/Conservative Version
Feed animals, learn how to handle animals gently, and review our Jewish roots that promote kindness to animals.
Option to learn about Jewish "animal rights" that Jews have practiced for thousands of years, including feeding our animals before ourselves, letting our animals rest on Shabbat, sheltering our animals from the elements, preventing tsaar baalei chayim (causing pain to animals), and not yoking an ox and a donkey together.  Learn to pet and feed a variety of friendly animals, including sheep, goats, Angora rabbit, baby birds (in season). Can be done as an add-on to You Are Noah! or The Brachah Workshop for a small fee.

Length:  20-45 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults.

Cost without Donkey:  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff. $1/mile travelling fee.  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Extra:  Donkey, $150 (or $2/person) additional

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ANIMALS: ANIMALS & JEWISH VALUES
Midot (Good Traits) We Learn from Animals
Best for ages 5 & up
Even if we didn't have the Torah to teach us midot (good character traits), say our Rabbis,
we could deduce how to act by watching animal behavior.  Join us for a live-animal and picture-book safari of animals that excel in their special character trait.  Live animals
include doves and sheep.


Length:  30 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults.

Cost without Donkey:  $5/person; one teacher per group free;  adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  $1/mile travelling fee.  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Extra:  Donkey, $150 (or $2/person) additional
 
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SPECIAL THEMES



ANIMALS: SPECIAL THEMES
Baby Animals
Best for ages 1 & up
Dwarf, small, and baby animals to pet and, when possible, feed.  Information from some of the above workshops can be presented for older participants at your request.

Length:  About 45 minutes for 20 or fewer children and adults; varies according to age group

Cost without Donkey or Horse:  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version requiring a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Extra: Miniature Donkey, $150 additional; Miniature Horse, $100 additional.

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PLANTS & GARDENS
PLANTS & GARDENS
Peace Garden
All ages
A Visitor's Area where you can:

1) Sit on a bench flanked by a grape vine and a fig tree, with the inscription from Micah: 
  "Each man shall sit under his fig tree and his grape vine and none shall make him afraid."

2) Watch a blacksmith beat a sword into a plowshare, bringing to life Isaiah's prophecy for peace ("They shall beat their swords into plowshares") at the end of days.

3)See a display of live doves and  baby olive trees.

4) Make a magen david craft and hear the story of how a spider saved David's life.

Cost:  Base price, $400/3-4 hours.  Extra:  $7 per baby olive tree to take home.  Painting a magen david on paper---free; more elaborate craft may be extra.  $1/mile travelling fee. 

PLANTS & GARDENS
 Garden of the Shevah Minim
All ages
A Visitor's Area with  7 live plants for which the Land of Israel is praised:  Wheat, Barley, Olives, Grapes, Figs, Dates, Pomegranates.  Cost:  Base price, $200/3-4 hours.  $1/mile travelling fee. 


MISHKAN/LIFE IN BIBLICAL TIMES

SPINNING & DYEING

Spin Yarn for the Mishkan
Best for ages 10 & up
Try your hand at spinning fluffy batts of wool into strong, even yarn of four colors for the Mishkan's famous tapestries and priestly clothing. Next ply 6 of each color into four strands of 6-ply yarn.  Finally, ply the 6-ply yarns into 24-ply (without gold thread) and 28-ply (with "gold" thread) yarn and do a simple weaving pattern to explore how it looks.

Length:  45 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults

Cost:
  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). Or $400/ 3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version requiring a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.

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Dye Wool for the Mishkan
Best for ages 10 & up
Kool Aid-dye some wool red, blue, and purple to create the three colors of the Mishkan's famous tapestries and priestly clothing.  Red (tola'at shani):  See a New-World cochineal snail, which gives a dye similar to the Old World kermes biblicus of the Torah.  [When the New World was discovered, cochineal  replaced the more-expensive kermes dye in Europe.  The British Red Coats were of two types:   The Infantry's dull-red jackets were from the cheaper plant dye "madder"; the Officers' flashier-red jackets were due to the brighter, and more expensive, cochineal snail.].  Blue (techeilet):  See a murex trunculus shell, likely the chilazon sea creature from which techeilet was extracted, and see wool dyed techeilet, which Rambam notes is identical in color to the pant-derived indigo.  Purple-dark red (argaman):  Learn a twining technique to create a color of two or three yarns woven together, showing why the Raavad, Kley HaMikdash, thinks the color argaman comes from the root "arg"--woven.

Length:  45 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults

Cost:
  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). Or $400/ 3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version requiring a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.

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WEAVING

Weave a Model Goat-Hair Tent for Avraham
(Plain Weave)
Best for ages 5 & up
The typical black goat-hair tent of the Middle East uses a "tabby" ("plain weave") technique, in which the warp & woof are both visible.  The tent cloth lets light in but keeps rain out.  Weave a model plain-weave black goat-hair tent, held up with Lego posts, for a Lego Avraham.  The tent, as according to tradition, has an opening on each of four sides so Avraham can do the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests), from each of the four directions from which guests might arrive.  Finished size: 3 x 4.5 inches; BYOL (bring your own Legos!) if desired.  Price includes extra-wide yarn and cardboard loom, which you may keep and reuse. 


Length:  45 minutes for each group of 20or fewer children and adults

Cost:
  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum). Or $400/ 3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version requiring a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.

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Weave a Colorful Mini-Rug (Tapestry Technique)
Best for Ages 7 & up
Unlike tent material, curtains of the Mishkan and Temple had pictures woven into them.  Weave a mini-rug (tapestry technique: only the woof shows) of a mountain using two of your favorite colors. Finished size: 3 x 4.5 inches.  Price includes yarn and cardboard loom, which you may keep and reuse. 

Length:  45 minutes for 20 or fewer children and adults

Cost:
  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/ 3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.

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Weave Textured White-on-White Pattern Cohen Cloth
Best for ages 7 & up
The priests' linen clothing may have been of undyed linen, but they weren't plain (according to one opinion, the design was white diamond shapes inside of white squares!).  Use a skip-pattern  technique to create a raised white-on-white sample. Finished size: 3 x 4.5 inches.  Price includes yarn and cardboard loom, which you may keep and reuse. 

Length:  45 minutes-1hour for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults

Cost:
  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/ 3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version requiring a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.

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Weave a Belt/Bookmark/Border 
Best for ages 7 & up
The avnet was a colorful belt for the cohanim (priests), likely woven on a narrow loom used for belts and cloth borders.  Use an inkle loom or backstrap loom to weave a multicolored belt (or bookmark).  Price includes yarn and use of looms during workshop, plus instructions on how to turn a tree branch or door knob into a working backstrap loom!

Length:  45 minutes-1hour for 20 or fewer children and adults

Cost:
  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.

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Wool, Flax, Bugs & Snails:
Tapestry-Weaving for the Mishkan
Best for ages 7 & up
Re-enact hands-on how the Children of Israel may have created beautiful Tabernacle tapestries in the Wilderness.  Cut wool from a live sheep, spin wool into yarn, feel flax in the various stages of linen-making, learn about animal-derived dyes, ply 24-strand, 4-colored yarn & 28-strand, 5-colored yarn according to Rashi, weave cloth using Rashi's "double-wall" technique.  Spin and weave with tools like those pictured in Egyptian tombs.  Imagine how Jewish women may have "spun the goats" (see Rashi on Shmot: 35:26) as a molting bunny sits quietly on our lap while we spin its loose wool into Angora yarn!

Portions of this workshop are based on Rashi: Shmos/Exodus, by Rabbi YIZ Herczeg; The Torah Anthology, by Meam Loez; The Living Torah, by Rabbi A. Kaplan;  Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, by EJW Barber; and the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

Length:  1- 2 hours for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults, depending on depth of information desired.

Cost:  $11/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee. 

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METAL-WORKING

Metals of the Mishkan: Copper & Silver (Pewter)
Best for ages 7 & up
Using photos from The Tabernacle, by Moshe Levine, learn some types of metal-working mentioned in the Torah.  Shape and decorate copper using metal punches, wooden anvils and hammers, and wooden dapping blocks.  Use sand-casting techniques to turn a silver-like pewter cube into a carrying ring.

Length:  45 minutes for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults

two girls with anvils
Cost:
  $9/person;

one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.  Copper is included in the fee and may be kept; pewter is extra to keep.

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ERETZ YISRAEL
Metals of Eretz Yisrael: Iron
Best for ages 7-11 (with help) & up
Work annealed iron by using real blacksmith tools to bend a 3-foot stainless steel rod into a dinner triangle. Feel how the metal gets hot at each bend by your shifting the molecules and creating heat. Make a clapper to ring your triangle.
You get to keep the triangle and clapper.

Length:  1 1/2 hours for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults

Cost:  $12/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.

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LIFE in BIBLICAL TIMES: WEAVING & METAL-WORKING
Betzalel's Workshop
Wool, Flax, Bugs & Snails: Tapestry-Weaving for the Mishkan, plus
Metals of the Mishkan:  Copper, Silver (Pewter)

Length:  3-3 1/2 hours for each group of 20 or fewer children and adults

Cost: $18/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff. $1/mile travelling fee.

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MELACHOT
CHORESH-OFEH: Baking

Make Your Own Pizza (Dash-Ofeh)
Ages 5 & up
Crush wheat kernels' hulls, separate the chaff, and grind the kernels to make pizza dough
.

Length: about 1/2 hour for a group of 20 people or fewer to plant the bean garden (choresh & zoreyah), then about 1 hour and a quarter for a group of 20 people or fewer to hand-process the sprouts and wheat and put the pizza in the oven.  The program can be done all at once if you plant the garden and use presprouted beans for the dough, or we can use sprouts from your bean garden with a few days' or weeks' break in between to allow the beans to grow. 

Cost:
  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.
  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

Make Your Own Sprouted Pizza (Choresh-Ofeh)
Ages 5 & up
Plant a small bean garden, then grind the bean sprouts and wheat kernels to make a  complete-protein pizza.
 

Length: about 1/2 hour for a group of 20 people or fewer to plant the bean garden (choresh & zoreyah), then about 1 hour and a quarter for a group of 20 people or fewer to hand-process the sprouts and wheat and put the pizza in the oven.  The program can be done all at once if you plant the garden and use presprouted beans for the dough, or we can use sprouts from your bean garden with a few days' or weeks' break in between to allow the beans to grow. 

Cost:
  $6/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.
  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

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MELACHOT: CHORESH-OFEH: Baking
Make Your Own Pizza & Tomato Sauce (Dash-Ofeh)
Ages 5 & up
Turn wheat kernels and fresh tomatoes into pizza dough and tomato sauce.
 

Length: about 1 and a half hours for a group of 20 people or fewer.

 Cost:
  $7/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.
Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

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MELACHOT: CHORESH-OFEH: Baking
Make Your Own Mozzarella (Dash/Borer/Ofeh)
All ages
Milk a goat or sheep, then learn to make mozzarella cheese from store-bought milk.  


Length: about 1 hour for a group of 20 people or fewer. 

Cost:
  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.
  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

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MELACHOT: CHORESH-to-OFEH: Baking
Make Your Own Pizza, Tomato Sauce, & Cheese (Dash-Ofeh)
Ages 5 & up
Milk a goat or sheep, learn to make mozzarella cheese from store-bought milk, then turn wheat kernels and fresh tomatoes into pizza dough and tomato sauce. If you have a kosher kitchen at your school that serves hot food, we may be able to comply with regulations that would allow you to taste the pizza we make!

Length: about 2 and a half hours for a group of 20 people or fewer. 

Cost:
  $10/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.
  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

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Make Your Own Sprouted Pizza, Tomato Sauce, & Cheese (Dash-Ofeh)
Ages 5 & up
Milk a goat or sheep and make microwave mozzarella, plant a bean garden, then turn sprouts, wheat kernels, and fresh tomatoes into pizza dough and tomato sauce. If you have a kosher kitchen at your school that serves hot food, we may be able to comply with regulations that would allow you to taste the pizza we make!

Length: about 3 hours for a group of 20 people or fewer. You may plant the bean garden on one day (with or without cheesemaking) and do the rest of the program a few days or weeks later. 

Cost:
  $11/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.
  Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

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Make Your Own "Land of Milk & Honey" Ice Cream (Dash)
Ages 6 & up
Milk a goat, then watch us harness scientific, thermodynamic principles to make home-made ice cream from store-bought milk, which you can then duplicate at home (no ice cream-maker needed)!   If you have a kitchen at your school that serves hot food, we may be able to comply with regulations that would allow you to taste the ice cream we  make!

Length: about 1 hour for a group of 20 people or fewer.  Cost:  $5/person; one teacher per group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  Or $400/3-4 hours for as many participants as we can accomodate in a quicker version that will require a great deal of active participation from you and your staff.  $1/mile travelling fee.
Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

GOZEZ-POTZEA: Cloth-Making


Sheep to Shawl:
9 Cloth-Making Skills beginning with Sheep

Best for ages 5 & up
Learn hands-on the Mishna's 9 steps of cloth-making (gozez to potzeia) used in creating tapestries for the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the Wilderness thousands of years ago and today avoided on Shabbat. Play Shepherd & Shearer to learn how to calm a sheep, then shear (gozez) off a bit of wool from a live sheep without hurting it. Next, see a demonstration of two ways, in Rashi's time, wool was washed (milaben) either for water-proofing or dyeing, and how, in Rambam's day, wool was cleaned with a method too dangerous for us to try in the workshop!

     Comb (minapetz) the tangles out of the wool using hand carders curved to sit comfortably in your lap, then discover how strong fluffy wool becomes when twisted--and why. Next, twirl a drop spindle to spin (toveh) roving into yarn.  Program favorite: watch us gently pull molting wool from an Angora rabbit on our lap and direct it into a spinning wheel (going straight from gozez to toveh!). Dye (tzovea) wool; learn to warp (mesech), weave (oreg), and cut (potzea) the finished cloth on a mini-loom you can keep and reuse, then learn how to load a boat shuttle and coordinate the batei nirin (heddles) while weaving on a 10-treadle floor loom.

This workshop is based on books by Rabbi Baruch Chait, Rabbi P. Bodner, and Dayan I. Gukovitzki; a lecture-demonstration by Dayan I. Gukovitzki;  and the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.  Many thanks to Mrs. Sandy Gunzberg for donating an Ashford spinning wheel, Mrs. Rachel Donnette for donating drop spindles & hand carders, Woolworks for donating yarn, Mrs. Barbara Nypaver for donating a 10-treadle floor loom; Mrs. Elizabeth Lehman for warping the loom to the length of the parochet, Mrs. Meira Schnidman for the asmachtah on bunny spinning, and the Weaver's Place, Mrs. Judy Bickford, and Mrs. Cindy Lowther for invaluable advice and ideas on the weaving projects.

Length: 1-2 hours for a group of 20 people or fewer

Cost: 
$11/person; one teacher/group free; adults who have done this program before are free; $350 minimum (you may be able to be piggy-backed before or after another group for a smaller minimum).  $1/mile travelling fee. 
Pay for any two programs listed under ANIMALS and/or MELACHOT and get $2/person off the second program (you do not have to do both programs the same day.)

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NATURE & TORAH (The Bible)
Call for details on custom programs tailored to your group, class, family day, or fund-raiser.  May be done by:
  • Parasha (Noah, Shmini, etc.),
  • Book (animals and handcrafts in the book of Numbers, etc.),
  • Section (Proverb's Eshet Chayil, etc.), or
  • Theme (Peace, etc.). 
  • Jewish Months
  • Science (Astronomy, geology, biology, etc.)
Cost of Program:  Individually priced
Cost of Consulting: First 15 minutes to determine needs and suggest existing programs is FREE.  Consulting on your custom project is billed at $100 an hour, including travelling time if on-site visits are needed and time needed to write and submit written proposals for projects that may be put into effect without further involvement of Jacob's Ladder Farm.






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