Seeding New Jewish Rituals on an Organic Farm

Oliver Levis and his family take a DIY approach to crafting their own unique Jewish community in rural Vermont.

In 2005, Oliver Levis and his wife Bonnie returned to the Vermont property where he grew up to start Earth Sky Time Community Farm. Today, the farm is a bustling operation that includes an organic bakery, live music venue, farm store, pottery studio, metal shop and four acres of organic vegetables — all run by Levis and an ever-shifting cast of friends, family and farm workers. The recent bar-mitzvah of Levis’ son Guv demonstrated the family’s creative approach to Jewish life, complete with original music, reimagined rituals and endless singing.

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