The Jewish teens in Cleveland have become big fans of the HoneyBeeJewish project. As part of our J-serve national day of Jewish service 20 teens had the pleasure of working with Amalia Haas. If we were talking spiders we would say she wove a web of knowledge, values, and experience that made for a very meaningful experience. If we stay in the bee business however we note two things. Amalia kept these teens very, very engaged. She also provided a very “sweet “ experience.
Dr. Jeffrey Schein
Director of JECC Adolescent Initiative
I thought the HoneyBeeJewish programming was very engaging, and the kids learned a lot. They got a lot out of it! There was a very unique feel, a sense that most people probably never even learn these things, never experience them in their whole lives. Most people view bees in a very negative way, and I think it is important for human beings to see how honey is produced.
Gross Schechter Day School
We recently took our Pack of Cub Scouts to tour Honey Bee Local apiary in Beachwood, Ohio and to attend beekeeper Amalia Haas’ in-depth participatory experience on the science of bees and the environment. It was a wonderful, highly educational outing for the Scouts, who are learning about nature in various ways.
Amalia’s approach is distinctive in that it integrates science, the arts, and hands-on learning activities for children. The children learn how bees form a complex social community, by acting out the roles that bees play in the hive (e.g., worker bee, queen, soldier) with music and costumes. The participation immerses the children in a fun, engaging world where they absorb important lessons about the function of bees as pollinators and enablers of a healthy environment for human beings.
If you are part of an organization interested in the relationship between people and pollinators, if you are a staff wanting to enrich your students’ science/STEM education, I highly recommend Amalia Haas’ experiential programs. In the classroom, the boardroom, or at a visit to one of her apiaries, your members will become more familiar with issues of sustainability, the food chain, urban renewal, and more. And, you will definitely have a fun and most memorable experience!
Pack 613 Committee Chair
Tinkers Creek District, Greater Cleveland Council
Boy Scouts of America
Commenting on the Rosh HaShanah Greeting honeybee rescue video: