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ChaiLights 2023-24 – Climate Fresk Hosted by Myriam Darmoni Charbit

October 29, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:45 am

A maximum of 12 people may participate in this session. Register Early:

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The Climate Fresk is a global climate education project; and we are happy to have one of its leaders, Myriam Darmoni Charbit, host this session.  Myriam and her husband Denis have been at OZ in the past several months, while visiting Vermont from Israel. One of Myriam’s goals is to engage faith communities into climate awareness and climate action.

Our program at OZ will be a 2 hour and 45 minute workshop for adults (16 and up) taking place from 9:00 to 11:45 am.  (Bagels and coffee provided!)

The Fresk (which translates to ‘fresco’ or ‘mural’) is a science-based (IPCC) workshop with 42 cards (adults) that nurtures collaboration, collective intelligence and active learning.

Up to twelve participants will play together around a table with one facilitator (that can facilitate up to 2 tables).  At first, the participants arrange the cards according to Causes and Consequences (5 sets of cards for adults and 3 for youth).  During the second part of the workshop they decorate their “fresk” for anchoring the new knowledge and reflect on their feelings; finally they brainstorm on which actions they want to take on a personal and collective level, following what they have learned.

It is a powerful way to raise awareness about the Climate crisis and to  engage the participants to take action while reducing climate anxiety and generating optimism in collective action.

Here is an article about the Climate fresk published in the New York Times in August.

For example, there is a vibrant community of “Freskers” in Boston and hundreds of students at Harvard University have already participated. Myriam is very motivated to spread this powerful educational tool in Vermont, and especially at OZ. Attahed is a one pager with more information.

Note the following are future opportunities:

  • Dana would be delighted to talk with community members about Environmental values in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Basically, the idea is that we need to adapt the climate “narrative” to various groups and that faith groups will listen more carefully if the “climate story” is not only science based but also refers to religious values/norms such as the idea of stewardship.
  •  And, there is a 2-hour teen version of this project that a facilitator could lead for our Nadav teens!

About ChaiLights

This fall, OZ will be serving Sunday morning bagels, coffee and with fun, social experiences for adults! 

Beginning September 10th, weekly ChaiLights gatherings will give you a chance to learn, taste and connect.

Each gathering will start off with food and open conversation, followed by a unique experience that will engage and inspire, let us create and improve the world.

This project’s vibe is fun, social and low-pressure, with activities lead by community volunteers. Its a great fit for Jews, Jewish-adjacent and those who are just curious.

Register Now!

Program details:

Date / Time

ChaiLights Experience

Community Member Hosts

Sunday September 10

10:00 am - 11:30 am

OZ Open House

Jeff Potash, Aaron Goldberg, Lynda Siegel, 

Sunday October 15

9:15 am - 11:00 am

Bruce Chalmer, Ph.D.
and Judy Alexander, MAED

Sunday October 22

9:15 am - 11:00 am

Cooking in the Kitchen - Kosher caterer by trade, Valerie Philmus will lead this group for a delicious project the kitchen.   (Rabbi Aaron is Valerie's husband!)

Valerie Philmus

Sunday October 29

9:15 am - 10:30 am 

Climate Fresk - Climate Change Program

Myriam Darmoni Charbit, Certified trainer & Country Coordinator for Climate Fresk

Sunday November 5

9:15 am - 10:30 am 

Jewish Food Talk


Sunday November 12

9:15 am - 10:30 am 

Professor Denis Charbit

Sunday December 3

9:15 am - 10:30 am

Jewish Meditation Session Assoicated with Our Innagural Jewish Meditation Retreat Weekend 


Sunday Deember 10

9:15 am - 10:30 am

 Lynda Siegel


October 29, 2023
9:00 am - 11:45 am
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