Torah Flora: A Biblical and Talmudic Botany Walking Tour


Nature and agriculture were essential parts of the world of the Torah and the Talmud. This guided tour of the plants growing around Temple Emanuel and throughout the neighborhood provides an opportunity to rediscover part of that world, enriching our understanding and appreciation of Torah and Jewish tradition. Biblical and Talmudic ethnobotanist Dr. Jon Greenberg will show us how to find the botanical traces of the Garden of Eden, Noah’s ark, the Egyptian bondage, and the Exodus that are all around us. You will be astounded at the wealth of historical lore and religious inspiration that you can gain from a Sunday morning walk through a suburban landscape.

No Fee for Temple Emanuel members, $18 for non-members

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Dr. Jon Greenberg received his bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Brown University and his Master’s and Doctorate in agronomy from Cornell University. He has also studied with Rabbi Chaim Brovender at Israel’s Yeshivat Hamivtar and conducted research on corn, alfalfa, and soybeans at Cornell, the US Department of Agriculture, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Cancer Research. Since 1989, he has been a science teacher and educational consultant. Dr. Greenberg was Senior Editor of science textbooks at Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Previously on the faculty of Yeshivas Ohr Yosef, the School of Education at Indiana University, and the University of Phoenix, he has taught at the Heschel School since 2008. He is a frequent speaker at synagogues, schools, and botanical gardens. Dr. Greenberg can be contacted at jon@torahflora.org.