Our calling is to rewild Judaism by connecting Jews to the sacredness of the land, their ancestral practices, and the divine feminine.
Our vision is to see a world in which we all treat the earth and her abundance as sacred. We step into our role of stewarding the land and protecting it from forces aiming to harm it. We also yearn to provide safe spaces to learn both the fundamental tools of farming and our connection to the land as Jews living in a diasporic land.
Summary of programs:
The Bat Chava farm will host an 9 month farm school Chevra for female identified and non-binary Jews. This program will consist of learning to live in community while learning farming skills, animal husbandry, soap making, land stewardship, cooking and tending sacred space. Each day will also include Jewish education, davening, and time for community building within the Chevra and engaging with the larger (local) community as a whole.
We will host (at least) two large festivals on the farm yearly, such as Shavuot and Sukkot Shabbatons in order to engage the wider Jewish community with the land and our vision.
Kibbutz Detropia will continue to host bi-weekly Shabbat dinners, to work with Repair the World Fellows, and to celebrate holidays as a community. The Kibbutz is serving an integral purpose in being accessible to Metro Detroit Jews who need a place to connect in a more intimate and ecotheological way than traditional Synagogues offer. We will also continue to host and lead workshops and participate in at least two large (Jewish) community wide events per year.
Summary of clients served:
Our guests vary widely. We host guests from all over the world, who come for Shabbat dinners and classes, and stay with us as WWOOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), Airbnb travelers, and the occasional traveling Priestess. We garden with and work with our local community and we engage with the Jewish community of Metro Detroit as a whole. We also partner with several local Jewish organizations, including hosting Peer Corps through Repair the World.
Kibbutz Detropia is a Michigan nonprofit corporation; it is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
Ways to help:
We are just beginning to raise funds, so this is our current focus; however, we are always looking for hands on the ground to help us plant and grow and build things. We look for volunteers for dinners and events, people who want to teach and learn, and accept donations of furniture for the house and tools to teach with such as spinning wheels, looms, canning equipment, etc.
Alison, Sky, David, and Avi Brown
16658 Ridge Road
Detroit, Michigan 48219