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The Shmita Project Northwest seeks to educate, inspire, and build community around bringing Shmita to life. The Shmita Year is part of a cycle analogous to the weekly Sabbath, but taking place once every seven years as opposed to every seven days. Also known as the Year of Release, Shmita invites each of us to re-examine our relationship with the earth, with the Divine, and with one another. In the Shmita year, we rest alongside the land; we share the abundance of our landscapes as equals with one another and with the wild creatures; money is deemphasized; and debts are released.

In the sixth year, we will ensure that as many people as possible in our community

  • Are aware that this year is a Shmita year,
  • Understand what Shmita means, and
  • Are invited into community to think creatively about bringing Shmita values to life in their homes and communities, and the wider world.

We will publicize and share emergent Shmita-related programs and activities, focusing on the greater Seattle and Pacific Northwest region. If funding becomes available, we will provide small grants to assist with bringing Shmita values to life.

See our upcoming events. 

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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Our Partners

Shmita Project Northwest is a project of Congregation Beth Shalom, Seattle and Washington Interfaith Power & Light/Earth Ministry. Shmita Project Northwest invites your congregation to become our partner in educating, inspiring, and building community around bringing Shmita to life in our region. 

Become a Partner

Shmita Project Northwest invites your congregation to become our partner in educating, inspiring, and building community around bringing Shmita to life in our region. 

Shmita Project Northwest will provide: 

  • Learning opportunities on a diverse range of Shmita topics.
  • Community gatherings that enable participants to build connections and develop programming that strengthens our region’s response to Shmita in the years ahead.
  • Opportunities to publicize your organization’s Shmita-related events through our networks.

As a partner of the Shmita Project Northwest, we ask your community to:

  • Share your logo on the Shmita Project NW website.
  • Publicize Shmita Project Northwest events with your members.
  • Participate in and contribute to a community-wide kickoff event on Sept 26, 2021.
  • Participate in a Hakhel celebration during Sukkot 5783 (2022); this will be a time of festive learning and celebration of the experience of having just completed a Shmita year together. 
  • Share Shmita-related programs or educational materials that you develop with the wider community (if appropriate).

What do we need from you? Fill out the form below to become our partner. Questions? Email Melani Baker.

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