"For Man is as a Tree in a Field"
Activities - Full Sessions - Part One
Wall Exhibit for Background and Conclusion
The Ecology of the Jewish Community
Each forest will look different and be titled "The Jewish Community in a *** State", where *** refers to the type of regime [see below]. The lone, enlarged trees will be labelled "The individual in the forest".
Ensure that the groups have marker pens, plastic cards and tape.
The Design and the Regimes
Largessia - Laissez-faire Regime
Design a forest, labelled "Jewish community" which should resemble other forests in the environment very closely. The "Jewish community" forest has no fencing around it. Make the map look as if the wind is blowing and all the forests are being blown in the same direction. Add in birds, insects, rain, sun, water sources, symbols for good soil... to show that the evironment is supportive, not hostile.
Despos - Despotic Regime
Design a forest, labelled "Jewish community" which should look different from the others in the environment and be surrounded by a high fence, broken through in places. At these spots, mark in wild animals with signs of destruction. Nevertheless, clumps of trees should seem to be overcoming the odds, surviving and unbending in the wind. Water sources bypass this area; the soil is infertile, the weather poor and most of the forest appears stunted or under threat.
Oasia - Isolated, Independant Regime
This time, design the "Jewish community" forest well apart from any other vegetation and forests in the environment. There is no fence, no stream, but there is a spring which has its own little pool. The forest should have many different types of trees, with new growth, its own wildlife - its own, closed ecosystem.