All Projects and Updates

Shabbat Environmental Education

Habonim Dror Camp Miriam Society (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Project Description

Every Saturday morning at Camp Miriam, counsellors have an opportunity to bring chuggim, or special interest topics, to campers. We are committing to running at least one chug related to the environment each week this summer. This is a chance for campers to learn about a variety of environmental issues and perspectives, think critically about their own choices and communities, and learn how they can take action. Planned topics are:
1. Jewish perspectives on the environment
2. Food and climate change
3. The intersections between LGTBQ+ discrimination and climate change
4. Energy democracy and Indigenous environmental initiatives
5. Eco-feminism
6. Climate grief and processing emotions related to the environment

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Compostable Materials

Friendship Circle (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

This summer we will be using compostable materials for our overnight summer camp. Throughout the course of the summer, we use hundreds of plates, cups, napkins and would like to switch to compostable materials for the first time in order to have less of an impact on the environment.

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Preparing your garden for Spring

Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

The Cancer Thriver’s Network (CTN) hosted a zoom event for their group on March 27, 2022. The event was entitled, “Preparing your garden for Spring”. This program was a modification of our original plans for the Hazon funds due to Covid complications.
Twenty two women attended this zoom event where master gardener, Judy Front, educated them on a variety of topics such as: how to plant and upkeep the greenery at their homes, composting, no dig gardens, preparing seedlings as well as shared community resources for planting and composting. All participants who attended received a gift package that was mailed to their homes with items that correlated with event.
The Cancer Thrivers Network program coordinator received positive feedback from the participants on this event and heard from a few that they would like to do an additional education event with even more information about composting. We appreciated Hazon providing the CTN with the name of a couple of potential speakers, once of which was Judy Front, who facilitated this zoom presentation.

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Environmental Programs

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue (Skokie, Illinois)

Project Description

We hosted a park clean-up day as well as two nature hikes, one of which was a Tu B’Shvat hike.

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Installed Planters for Pollinators

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue (Skokie, Illinois)

Project Description

We planted perennial plants to attract pollinators.

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Sustainable Kiddush

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue (Skokie, Illinois)

Project Description

Our joint congregations have re-started kiddush! For now we are holding them outside. Up until this point, they have included pre-packed items like pretzels, candy, etc. We would like to move toward more plant-based and vegan kiddushes that are also compostable. We will buy organic fruits and vegetables for kiddush and also pay the local composting service (Collective Resources) for food scrap pick up so that the event would produce no/less waste, as well as being much healthier. We would also use the opportunity to educate about composting and plant-based diets.

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Greening DJJ

Detroit Jews for Justice (Detroit, Michigan)

Project Description

Detroit Jews for Justice has recently resumed in-person gatherings, which involve food! We would like to buy compostable single-use dishes, and enroll in composting services through Midtown Composting.

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Thermal Curtains

Bruce’s Minyan of Mole People (New York, New York)

Project Description

To help reduce heat loss in our sanctuary, we’d like to install thermal curtains. We expect this to greatly improve insulation in our building and reduce our HVAC costs.

In the long-term, we start a capital campaign to replace our windows with something that has better insulation value.

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Green Shabbat

Congregation Beth Ahm (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

June 9-10, 2022, CBAHM will host a Green Shabbat service and Kiddish for it’s congregants. Features will be a special sermon on sustainability, a Vegan Kiddish lunch, and a family project.
This project will utilize the 2021 mini-grant that has already been received.

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Nourishing Our Souls

Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex (Caldwell, New Jersey)

Project Description

The CAI Environmental Committee, in conjunction with the CAI Interfaith Committee, published a vegetarian cookbook. Advanced sales exceeded 200 copies. It features 100 recipes from CAI congregants and members of the interfaith community. There are recipes for beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, sides, entrees, desserts, baked goods, and holiday dishes. HAZON has publicized the book on its web site. Copies can be purchased by going to https://www.agudath.org/form/nourishing-our-souls-cookbook.

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Tu B’Shevat Sedar 2022

Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex (Caldwell, New Jersey)

Project Description

The CAI Environmental Committee conducted its third annual Tu B’Shevat sedar. This is the second sedar that was conducted on Zoom. There were 29 screens, with approximately 50 attendees. Among the active participants were Rabbi Ari Lucas, senior rabbi of CAI, Cantor Joel Caplan, and Rabbi David Saltzman, a member of CAI.

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Kiddush Compost System

Bruce’s Minyan of Mole People (New York, New York)

Project Description

We are building a 3 bin compost system to collect the food waste from our Shabbat Kiddush, so we don’t send anything to the landfill anymore. We hope to complete this by the end of June 2022.

Updates

April 12, 2022:

We finally finished the compost bin and have collected food waste at our kiddush.

Passover Seder

Elon University Hillel (Elon, North Carolina)

Project Description

Elon Hillel is proud to announce our annual Passover Seder, a musical and interactive community journey from slavery to freedom that is open to the entire community. This year, we are dedicating our seder to the people of Ukraine, with sunflowers on every table, special readings, and a theme of Roots. Roots will be a celebration of so many of our family roots in Ukraine, and also of our own gratitude for planet Earth, as this year Pesach coincides with Earth Day. All plates, cups, and flatware will be compostable. Register at https://hillel.tiny.us/Passover2022.

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Earth Day Shabbat

Elon University Hillel (Elon, North Carolina)

Project Description

What better way to celebrate our Earth than an Earth Day themed Shabbat? Join us for blessings and delicious environmental-themed noshes (on compostable plates).

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Thrift-giving

Cornell Hillel (Ithaca, New York)

Project Description

Students collected gently used clothes over Thanksgiving break, and after the break they partnered with Cornell Thrift (another student organization) to run a pop-up thrift shop where students could pick out new clothes for free. This “Thrift-giving” event collected a ton of clothes, which was a great way to keep them out of the landfill and provide clothes back to the Cornell community in a sustainable way.

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Chicken programming revamp

Habonim Dror Camp Tavor (Detroit, Michigan)

Project Description

Chicken programming revamp

Every summer, the Camp Tavor chava (farm) incorporates a small chicken flock into our sustainability/agriculture programming. Unfortunately, our coop and run are deteriortating. This year, we are excited to apply for a Hazon grant to reinvigorate our chicken infrastructure. Furthermore, we are particularly excited by the prospect of building a chicken tractor to integrate natural foraging behaviors into our sustainable land management practice.

We hope to accomplish the following technical goals:

1. Fix and expand our existing chicken coop.
2. Install new fencing to protect our chicken run from local predators.
3. Build a chicken tractor to utilize our flock for natural aeration and fertilization.

We envision that this upgrade will accomplish the following education and sustainability goals:

1. Model sustainable permaculture techniques integrating chicken and organic vegetable farming.
2. Improve campers’ experience interacting with the chickens in a clean and safe environment.
3. Increase our production of locally sourced organic eggs.

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Logo Food Rescue Truck

Metro Food Rescue (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

Did you know
We waste 40% of the food in this country
Food is the largest category of material placed in landfills – EPA 2021

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Logo Food Rescue Truck

Metro Food Rescue (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

Did you know
We waste 40% of the food in this country
Food is the largest category of material placed in landfills – EPA 2021

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Congregational education

Congregation Beth Ahm (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

Our Green Team continues to educate our congregation on sustainability topics by writing articles for it’s online and printed newsletters on a variety of topics. Past topics have included recycling know-how, single use plastic water bottle elimination, and HHW resources. CBAHM has also made space on their website for the Green Team to archive articles and give updates. In addition, CBAHM has established a Tribute Fund specifically for the Green Team.

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Recycling Webinar from RRRASOC

Congregation Beth Ahm (West Bloomfield, Michigan)

Project Description

CBAHM hosted a community webinar wtih Mike Csapo from RRRASOC on the topic of recycling, including the purpose, how to recycle and what, and where.

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