Shmitta Course: a fresh approach to this 7 year cycle in just 5 weeks

An exploration of the radical and relevant concepts contained within Shmitta, including common access to resources; sensible financial systems; and careful tending to nature’s ability to sustain life.

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The Shmitta concept established in the Bible and developed by Rabbis is one of the most fascinating, radical and sadly overlooked ideas in Jewish tradition. Notions of common access to resources, sensible financial systems and careful tending to nature’s ability to sustain life demonstrate some of the powerful thinking contained within Shmitta.

For many in the Jewish world we forget that this is part of a cycle. Just as we don’t prepare for Shabbat a few minutes before sunset, we are hoping to begin a process of engaging our community with Shmitta and its cycle so that the next Shmitta year (Rosh Hashanah 5774/2014) marks the beginning of sustained and creative application of the values expressed in Shmitta to our individual, family, communal and global lives.

Join us for five evenings of text study, discussion and creative thinking with two of our communities most talented Rabbis. 


Rabbi Natan Levy is Interfaith and Social Action consultant for The Board of Deputies of British Jews. A keen environmentalist, Rabbi Natan Levy is a graduate of the Arava Institute, authored the Big Green Jewish’s Edible Garden text study pack and co-authored Sharing Eden: green teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims. Natan also acts as the Chief Rabbi’s liaison on environmental issues.

Previously, Rabbi Natan Levy was the Jewish University Chaplain for the West of England and Wales, served as the consultant for Social Action at the London School of Jewish Studies



Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers is one of the Rabbis at the West London Synagogue of British Jews in Central London, where she does all sorts of fabulous things, with a focus on interfaith programming. She is a regular contributor on Radio 2's Pause for Thought, and has appeared on 4ThoughtTV. She has worked in interfaith and informal education, and loves being a rabbi as it enables her to empower others to find what excites them about their Judaism. If Judaism isn't a source of joy, comfort and meaning, it most likely has no meaningful future... so let's get busy!