Green Events

Tamarack Camps in Michigan held a “Fresh Air Plant-Planting Event” - a fun, green and refreshing activity for staff members that will improve the air quality of their offices.

Communal celebrations should reflect communal values. Accordingly, planning for meals, kiddush, simchas, and holidays should incorporate thoughtfulness and a commitment to sustainability as well as animal and human welfare. Celebrating sustainably will have positive effects on your community long after the meal is over!

The Jewish connection to the earth emerges from our people’s agricultural roots. We have begun to lose our connection to our agricultural history and the ecological themes in our holidays: from Tu B’Shvat, the beginning of the budding of trees, through Sukkot, the final harvest. Holidays are a great time to infuse sustainability into ritual; choosing to live more sustainably can begin at the shabbat table, tu b'shvat seder, and more. Holidays are also a perfect time to announce your new sustainability work and you participation in the Hazon Seal.

Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Michigan held a green kiddush for the Shabbat of Tu B’shvat featuring recycled centerpieces, organic cage-free eggs, local produce and compostable disposables. They have shown how easy and feasible greening can be, and we are very proud and inspired by them! Use Hazon’s Green Kiddush Guide to start identifying first steps in making your event sustainable.

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Green Events

Send staff or members to a Hazon Food Conference or Food Festival
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Encourage members to host their own green Jewish event at home
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Educate about how to host 'sustainable simchas'
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Include sustainability education in preparation for simchas
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Purchase carbon offsets for travel to/from simchas
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Work with caterers to offer sustainable menus for simchas
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Purchase and use reusable or eco-friendly decorations and centerpieces
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Host a Jewish food festival
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Host a meal or event that highlights sustainable food and waste practices
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Have students complete Bnai Mitzvah projects related to sustainability
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