Jewish Eco Village

Last updated: January 5, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: February 5, 2008

Jewish Eco Village

(El Cerrito, California, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Contact Name: Deb and Oren Massey
  • Phone: 510-816-0399
  • Address:
    717 Pomona Ave
    El Cerrito, California, 94530
    United States
  • Visitor Process

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: No
    seeking up to 4 family/couple/single units

Mission Statement:

EcoJewish Moshav BayArea CA

Community Description:

It takes a village…If there is one thing we have learned in this fast-paced, crazy world we live in, it is that our past holds valuable insights to dealing with life’s challenges. Rabbi Art Waskow wrote that we must consider our pre-modern lifestyle in creating our post-modern one. In other words, we need to search our past traditions and rich culture to help guide us in creating our future. The cohousing and ecovillage networks are part of the post-modern movements aimed at creating meaningful, secure, and sustainable communities.

Our vision is to establish a community based on sustainable environmental practices, cooperative community, and Jewish learning and living. In our words, “It takes a Jewish ecovillage.”

We are in the beginning stages of the process, currently gathering interested parties (4 total) for our land located in El Cerrito, Bay Area of Northern California. We are forming a multigenerational, multidenominational, and family-oriented coop community. Our community formation is an evolving process based on the unique individuals and sacred values we share.


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments: Jewish

    pluralistic, nondenominational

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Jewish
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Property owners.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 0.4 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: potential zoning for 3 lots of R-1

    final status will depend on members

    3 family @1000-2500sf, 2 @750sf & 1 common space- units total


    planned common space

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: No


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: cannot at this time and future building involves considerable financial resources




  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Kosher


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: will increase to 20%

    Kosher with a wide range of interpretation including ethical kashrut standards

    shabbat and holidays


Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns:

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge