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IN A EGGSHELL: Egg Purchasing Guide

  No more getting confused and frazzled! Use this handy guide to know what certification to look for when you go to the store. It’s designed to conveniently fold into your wallet. *Note: Each page includes 2 identical postcard size guides.   Buying from your local farmer that maintains higher welfare practices but they are […]

Save the Food: Tools to saving food

Food is being wasted at an alarming rate. And we – consumers – are the largest source of it. More than grocery stores and restaurants combined. But there’s good news: we can do something about it.   This SAVE THE FOOD website offers the following:   GUEST-IMATOR: A dinner party calculator that estimates how much […]

Retrofits for Old Buildings: Resources? Suggestions?

Calling all Hazon Seal sites! “Do you have a list of any sources to help fund the greening old buildings? HVAC? Furnaces? Etc?”  – This question from one of our Hazon Seal sites inspired us to call on the knowledge of the group. We are compiling the answers in this document (see full link below […]

Jewish Veg: Vegan Option Always

​Jewish Veg is an organization that “encourages and helps Jews to embrace plant-based diets as an expression of the Jewish values of compassion for animals, concern for health, and care for the environment”. For synagogues, Hillels and other Jewish institutions participating in the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program, our Vegan Option Always program can greatly […]

Sustainable Jewish Burial

  The ancient Rabbi Eliezer counseled us to engage in teshuva “one day before we die”–since such awareness best clarifies our attention to all of these connections. How can we all practice –as outlined by Maimonides in his teachings on Bal Tashkhit– ongoing Jewish education to prevent environmentally destructive funeral choices? In the spirit of […]

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast

We enthusiastically encourage you to read We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer. The book explores the central global dilemma of our time in a surprising, deeply personal, and urgent new way. The task of saving the planet will involve a great reckoning with ourselves—with our all-too-human reluctance […]

B’nai Mitzvah Project Idea: Contribute to Anti-Idling Campaign in NYC

George Pakenham, the maker of the documentary “Idle Threat” about idling started a campaign to end engine idling for health reasons, for noise reduction, for cleaner air, and for saving the country from unnecessary waste of fuel.  See this website on idling by Sustainable America: www.iturnitoff.com. Read more about George Pakenham in this article. Hazon […]

Sukkot in NYC

    Please take note and share this with Sukkah builders around NYC:   (1) To collect lulavim for compost at your Shul and have it collected for compost by the city please send this following form by email to: NYCOrganics@dsny.nyc.gov (and ‘cc TZaken@dsny.nyc.gov). Please make sure the subject line reads: “Request for special composting collection (Location/area)” Building/Organization Name […]

SHAMAYIM Egg-Free Challah Program

A challah is a symbol. It encompass so much of our Shabbat ritual. For this reason there’s extra meaning in choosing to serve a challah which is free of cruelty, oppression and suffering. Consider this awesome program by our friends at SHAMAYIM (means ‘sky or ‘heaven’ in hebrew), as a way to take another step […]

Food Conference

Write your Food Policy: Examples and More

We applaud you for taking on this important task to align your food choices with your Jewish values as Shomrei Adamah, keepers of the earth. Below are resources to help you on your journey. Please email seal@hazon.org with any questions or suggestions that you may have regarding this material. Have a good example to share? […]

Renewal Heating Online Teach-In

NY for Clean Power hosted a Renewal Heating Online Teach-In. Click here to watch the discussion.   Want more? Access the slides of each speaker: NYSERDA slides Aztech Geothermal slides Mothers Out Front & HEET slides Renewable Heat Now! slides And join the Renewable Heat Now! Campaign Have any questions? Contact NY for Clean Power […]

Magical Used Battery Box – Recycling

This beautiful example comes to us from Ann Lilly who has been leading the sustainability work at Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn NY. She also sent an email announcing the box:   Dear teachers and Staff, Behold the Magical Used Battery Box on the window of the teacher lounge.  Place your end of […]