All Projects and Updates

A Project

Tiny House Yorba (Greensboro, NC)

Project Description

Over the next 12 months while participating in the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, we have committed to starting or completing the following project. We understand that significant progress must be made on 2-3 projects in order to receive the Hazon Seal of Sustainability.

Updates

June 8, 2021:

Describe the success or progress you have made over the past 12 months

Share Food Program

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

Pack and/or Distribution Opportunities at Share Food Program:
Share Food Program needs volunteers to pack and/or deliver nutritious food to
homebound seniors and distribution sites.
Consider these opportunities. Feel free to forward this to family and friends. Signup is easy!
 Pack Share Boxes: Pack boxes of nutritious food for local seniors who fall
below 130% of the poverty line. These boxes are distributed to over 6,500
seniors each month across the region. For safety precautions there are wash
stations, gloves, and room for social distancing.
Sign up: https://www.sharefoodprogram.org/get-involved/packing/
 Knock, Drop and Roll: Deliver nutritious food packages to homebound seniors and people with disabilities on Saturday mornings.
Sign up: https://signup.com/go/LbZUcwW
The Share Food Program is a nonprofit organization serving a regional network of
community organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy.
Share provides food to school lunch programs in Philadelphia and families in need
in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated! Our partnership continues to grow as individual members volunteer at Share.

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Gardening at Share Food Program

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

Kol Ami’s Social Action Committee has planned a volunteer afternoon in the
Share gardens. We will be planting summer crops in the high tunnels, planting
annual and perennial flowers throughout the garden/grounds, weeding beds,
and spreading woodchips, all at safe distances. Ages 10 & above are welcome!
Wear a mask, hat, and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle.

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High School Park Community Trash Pick-Up

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

Friends of High School Park was created by volunteers in 1995 and continues to be a special place in
our community thanks to volunteers who help maintain and develop the park.
The Park always welcomes people to help with upkeep and beautification. It’s also a great opportunity to get outside with your neighbors and meet someone new! Great time spent for “community service credits” too!
Arrive at the shed beside the meadow a little before 10:00 a.m., weather permitting. We will work
until noon.

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SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS WITH YOUR FORK: Organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at Congregation Kol Ami

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

In our 15th year, Congregation Kol Ami is proud to offer a Jewish Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. We were the first in our region to align with Hazon, a national nonprofit that links Jewish tradition with environmental action.
Through its CSA network, Hazon uses Jewish purchasing power to support local organic farmers, foster vibrant Jewish communities who care about environmental and
educational issues, and examine food and environmental issues from a Jewish perspective.
The Hazon CSA at Kol Ami partners with over 100 Amish and Mennonite organic
farmers from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative (LFFC). The diversity of crops
among LFFC farmers ensures a good variety of fresh-picked seasonal produce each
week. Enrollment keeps local sustainable farms and local food safe for future generations.
Our CSA is comprised of members from the local community. We safely distribute
fresh, locally grown, organic vegetables, fruit, eggs, cheese and herbal medicines each
week on Tuesday evenings from the Congregation Kol Ami kitchen.
The CSA at Kol Ami operates from late April through October for the Summer season, followed by a Fall season that ends in December. We are working on an alternative space in Elkins Park to distribute the CSA when we officially need to move due to
the sale of our property.
Learn more and register NOW: Select Pa: Kol Ami Hazon as first choice. If you
must pick a second choice, do so and be aware that you will get the 1st choice: Kol
Ami location!
https://lancasterfarmfresh.com/product-category/shares/2021-summer-shares/
For questions, contact Robin @ Robinrifkin@comcast.net or Shelley @ Srchamberlain@comcast.net.

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Parshat Behar – Shmita: Strangers and Temporary Residents Group Study

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

The next Shmita Sabbatical year starts Rosh Hashana 2021.

What role might this biblical Sabbatical tradition play in approaching the economic, environmental and societal challenges we are facing today?

We had 20 people in attendance for this Shabbat Behar Study, using Hazon sourcesheets and resources to put together a powerful session.

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Brit Hazon community group and Advocacy Group

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

Brit Hazon – a framework by which you can make a personal commitment to manifest a shared vision of a more sustainable and equitable world. choose from six action areas and receive six weekly emails to support you on your journey. Let’s form a community group.
Advocacy group – Let’s help raise a Jewish voice for a green economy and a just and climate-smart food system. We could form a Dayenu Circle or our own group that commits to respond to Action Alerts from Hazon.

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Fourteenth Annual Tu B’Shevat Seder!

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

We hosted our fourteenth annual community Tu B’Shevat Seder, which was well-attended virtually in January, and had the participation of our Religious School.

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Jewish Youth Climate Movement

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

Mark Kaplan met with Kol Ami’s confirmation students to tell them about the Jewish Youth Climate Movement.

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Hazon Resource and Event Sharing

Congregation Kol Ami (,)

Project Description

We shared Hazon’s Sound the Call event with our entire mailing list, as well as on Facebook. We shared Shmita events as well, and let people know the three ways to celebrate Earth Day with Kol Ami – 1. sound the call, 2. brit hazon, 3. taking action through Hazon’s advocacy alert page.

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On-Site Composting

Jewish Alliance of Greater RI (Providence, RI)

Project Description

Working with Groundworks Compost (local compost nonprofit/community garden) to have an on-site composting aggregate site in the JCC parking lot.

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Earth Day Event

Jewish Alliance of Greater RI (Providence, RI)

Project Description

Lunchtime Earth Day discussion with Rabbi Yonaton Neril, author of the Eco-Bible, and Kai Salem, from the Environmental Council of RI to learn about local advocacy opportunities. In partnership with Lighthouse Kosher and local synagogue. Had 20 participants on Zoom.

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Pico Union Community Engagement

Pico Union Project (Los Angeles, CA)

Project Description

Pico Union Project’s compost from our emergency Covid-19 fresh produce distribution. Through our distribution which takes produce that otherwise would have been waste, is distributed to over 1500 families. The food that cannot be distributed goes to our community compost. Our volunteers who are all community members have learned how to compost, which produce and other items can be composted(e.g. toilet paper rolls, paper bags, cardboard) and how to maintain the compost. The compost is then used for our urban/community garden which has nourished the area that had been completed stripped of nutrients to plant trees and vegetation for the community. Creating tree canopy’s for the community and herbs/vegetables that is then cooked for community. Our kitchen cooks plant-based meals to low-income individuals and distributes the recipe on how to recreate with produce at our distribution.

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Judaism in the Garden

Temple Beth Shalom (Vero Beach, FL)

Project Description

We use our Temple Biblical garden as a workshop for Jewish values and to teach sustainability. With a wide variety of hands on activities, we use the garden to illustrate Jewish values, provide materials for Jewish rituals, and tell Jewish stories. As we do this work, we endeavor to model and reinforce the Jewish values for caring for and sustaining the Earth.

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Treesforlife

Temple Beth Shalom (Vero Beach, FL)

Project Description

We are working with local organization to fund, source and plant 100,000 native trees in our county in the next 10 years.

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Green Our Office

JARC (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Project Description

When our main office is operating normally, we use a lot of paper products like cups, plates, cutlery and more. With more than 20 people working out of three different suites in the Federation Building, various guests and meetings, countless paper products end up in the trash. We know we need to do better. We are seeking funds from Hazon to buy compostable plates, cutlery, hot cups, and cold cups. First, we will use our stock of plastic materials to help reduce waste.

In addition to buying these compostable kitchen items, we will also purchase compost bins, and create very clear and instructive signage so all items are properly disposed of. We will also contract with Midtown Composting for monthly, bimonthly, or as needed compost pickups directly from our office.

This is just phase one of a larger, more long-term projects to become a “greener” organization overall. We currently own 27 properties across Metro-Detroit where we hope to implement some of the strategies identified here. First, we need to set a good example and model sustainable behavior by having a successful year in our office.

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Farber Compost System

Farber Hebrew Day School – Yeshivat Akiva (Southfield, MI)

Project Description

The Farber Green Team works to create a school community compost system. The compost system will serve as an educational learning opportunity for our students, and will help move us towards a zero-waste system, where the compost will be used for the nature garden in the Farber Nature Center on campus.

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Zero Food Waste

Congregation B’nai Moshe (West Bloomfield, MI)

Project Description

We had a caterer facilitate an event on teaching our participants on how to avoid food waste. She was in someone’s kitchen and went through their kitchen and pantry and showed how they could re-purpose food into new meal ideas. The idea was to show how to turn leftovers that might otherwise be thrown away into new food ideas.

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Motion Sensor Light Switches

Congregation B’nai Moshe (West Bloomfield, MI)

Project Description

We have begun the process of installing motion sensor light switches in all closed rooms in the synagogue, i.e., the restrooms. We have to be cognizant of having Shabbat-friendly lights that we can turn on and change back to motion sensor once Shabbat has ended. We have chosen bathrooms as they are the rooms that are not easily seen and we have found that the lights are often left on.

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Water Sustainability and Community Garden

The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit (West Bloomfield, MI)

Project Description

The last two years we’ve been replacing old faucets with sensor based to reduce water consumption and waste. We have two more restrooms to complete to finalize this project. We intend to communicate out to the community the benefits of reducing water waste while decreasing our touch points.

The second half of the project is to create a community garden in partnership with our Special Needs Department for their summer camp program. They would like to have individuals with special needs learn about food insecurity, how to grow and maintain a vegetable garden, and work to provide farm to table food for the summer camp program and donate food to families.

Updates

May 25, 2021:

The Special Needs Camp Department is launching a new program this summer for approximately 60 campers with special needs and 12-15 counselors to tend and take home and the end of the season grow bags for flowers, herbs, and vegetables. The project is designed to give campers understanding of food and herb sources starting from seeds to starter plants. It is also designed to assist sensory activities at different stages. The grant will allow the purchase of grow bags, seed pods, compost, plug trays, and gardening supplies.

Each camper will take home grow bags with flowering plants for pollinators, herb plants for cooking and sensory activities, and vegetables for harvesting.

Maintance of raised bed garden, etc

Jewish Ferndale (Ferndale, MI)

Project Description

Over the last year, the raised beds have fallen into disrepair. The front lawn is in the middle of being converted to a no mow lawn.

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Hazon Boxes

Adat Shalom Synagogue (Farmington Hills, MI)

Project Description

With the pandemic, we were looking for ways to reallocate funds that we would be unable to use for a face-to-face program. After contact with Hazon, we determined that the best use would be a package of activities with Jewish content that families could pick up and complete together, in line with the summer subscription boxes, but for families.

We worked with Brittany and then Marla and Rabbi Nate to develop the idea and the activities, and the first set of packages, containing projects for the autumn holidays and the autumn in general, were picked up in September. Then, in January, we utilized THIS year’s grant funding to create a second set of packages. Families have mostly picked them up, although a few have not yet.

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Community Garden Plot

Beth Israel Congregation (Ann Arbor, MI)

Project Description

We will be building a new fence, repairing the gate, and planting a new garden for the 2021 season. All produce is donated.

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Compostable Kitchen Supplies

Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Project Description

Purchased compostable plates, cutlery, and cups. Due to the pandemic and closing of our conference rooms, this was not fully implemented. We are using them periodically to replenish JFMD kitchens when necessary.

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Holistic Omer Count

Healing Words From The Tree of Life (Hazlet TWP, NJ)

Project Description

We will put our information on the Aquarian Minyan Institute’s moodle platform, including these modules: Meatless Mondays, The Spices of the Sephirot, and Building Community.

http://aquarianminyan.institute/course/view.php?id=3

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Gardening at Camp

JCC Chicago (Northbrook, IL)

Project Description

JCC Chicago is looking to add a gardening program at our Lake Zurich property. That property houses early childhood and camp programs during the year. Children, campers and staff will take part in elements from planting, maintaining, and harvesting a garden. This will also include what can be planted in our community and how to take care of year over year.

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The Future of Sustainability

JCC Chicago (Northbrook, IL)

Project Description

JCC Chicago employs over 1000 teens and young adults every summer. In addition to providing leadership and job opportunities for teens and young adults, there is a unique opportunity to educate them about the impact and opportunity of sustainability in relation to the future of the environment. During staff training and throughout seasonal employment, intentional emphasis on the Hazon Seal of Sustainability values and commitment will become primary.

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Seven Year Environmental Justice and Sustainability Plan

B’nai Jeshurun (New York, NY)

Project Description

We are planning to draw up, revise, and finalize a seven year plan in preparation for the shmita year to begin during the High Holy Days. The plan will start with the BJ Environmental Advocates and involve engagement with the teens, the Executive Director, and Operations team.

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Composting

Staenberg Loup Jewish Community Center (Denver, CO)

Project Description

Create a composting program at the JCC. We will use this as part of our education process for our youngest learners to teach the importance of giving back to the earth and not wasting precious resources. We are also hoping to be part of a larger local community composting effort

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Understanding your Foot Print

Staenberg Loup Jewish Community Center (Denver, CO)

Project Description

Create education around what it means to leave a foot print and the impacts. Provide education and interactive programming for members to understand how they can create change and become environmental stewards.

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Recycling Program

Staenberg Loup Jewish Community Center (Denver, CO)

Project Description

Create a comprehensive recycling program at the JCC. This includes and initititvie around education and implementation for staff and members.

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Shifting Toward a Plant -Forward Diet

Temple Solel (Hollywood, FL)

Project Description

1) We are holding monthly zoom vegan shabbat meals created by our caterer, bought by our members and shared online before services. Our goal is to introduce our members to the environmental, ethical and health benefits of eating a plant-forward diet. We have a guest speaker each month. During the last 2 Shabbat dinners, we focused on explaining and encouraging our members to join the Temple Solel group for the Brit Hazon. Becky O’Brien spoke at one of these dinners.
2) We will be holding an Vegan international cooking demonstration series beginning February 21, with Vietnamese food, followed by an Israeli vegan cooking demo on March 21, and an Italian vegan cooking demo on April 25th.
3) We watched the movie “Game Changers” together, shared a vegan dessert, and discussed the movie. It was eye-opening for most of us, and one of our attendees was a registered dietician who was able to answer many of our questions
4) We got a grant from Shamayim, which is helping us with some of these projects.

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2021 Climate Solutions Now Act

Pearlstone Center (Reisterstown, MD)

Project Description

Support the 2021 Climate Solutions Now Act in the Maryland Legislative session

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Thrive Weekend Program

Pearlstone Center (Reisterstown, MD)

Project Description

Hold the Thrive Weekend Resilience Program. (Program has been set up but was put on hold due to COVID.)

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Rooftop Solar

Pearlstone Center (Reisterstown, MD)

Project Description

Implement rooftop solar on Pearlstone lodge buildings.

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UChicago Hillel Projects: 2021

University of Chicago Hillel (Chicago, IL)

Project Description

-Worm Composting (when it’s warm/safe)
-Working with community gardens, Hyde Park community orgs
-Climate/Food justice education

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Going Global

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (New York, NY)

Project Description

Connect with JDC Israel to support the Israel Office in creating their own green team or implementing green projects.

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Brit Hazon Challenge

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (New York, NY)

Project Description

Following the very successful JDC Health Challenge, we would like to replicate that model with a Brit Hazon Challenge. Using Hazon’s Brit Hazon project, we would like to have a group of JDC staff make a commitment together to living more sustainably in whatever ways work best for them. We will engage staff in sustainability and help each other find success by doing this together. We are considering whether this might work as a global project, rather than local to US-Based Staff.

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Fruit Trees/Tree project

Rodef Shalom Preschool/Congregation (Denver, CO)

Project Description

We would like to see fruit trees planted in front of the preschool/Mizel front lawn wood fence. Possibly an apple, pear or peach tree would be nice. This would be a preschool family/teacher project. It would allow cross pollination with the fruit trees that are already there and be an extention of the outdoor preschool garden.

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Preschool outdoor garden

Rodef Shalom Preschool/Congregation (Denver, CO)

Project Description

The preschool would like to prepare the outdoor garden for replanting this year. We need to evaluate what worked and what didn’t as well as utilizing labeling and grid planting this year to remain more organized. There should also be more information typed up and posted as to watering amounts and times for different areas of the garden as well as weeding and other care required to teach staff and kiddos how to help the garden thrive. Chore or garden responsibility charts should also be created for each class according to ability level and age. All of the garden projects should be documented through photos and uploaded to social media as well as in google slides titled ‘the garden pt 2’.

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Front Lawn Garden Bed

Rodef Shalom Preschool/Congregation (Denver, CO)

Project Description

A centered raised garden bed will be a Holocaust Memorial Daffodil Garden in partnership with the Daffodil project. The bed will have formal borders with a dedicated plaque. The number of daffodils will range from 500 – 750. A donor has been found to match and possibly double the daffodil project’s 250 bulb donation. The bed will also include other edible herbs and perennial plants good for pollinators to act as the beginning of a front lawn community garden.
There has been a gardener out to survey and we will get a bid and a rendering of the finished project from him as well as a few other companies. We will select the best and most cost competitive. I will put together a presentation for the preschool and congregation families to ask for funding late May – early July. The bed should be built early August so we can begin planting at the end of August/ beginning of October. One idea for fundraising is to offer mini home daffodil kits to families giving at a higher rate. I will also begin calling local businesses for donations for an online preschool auction to run during the fundraising window. All proceeds will benefit the front lawn garden bed and the garden/outdoor projects.

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Hallway ‘indoor garden’/hydroponic grow towers

Rodef Shalom Preschool/Congregation (Denver, CO)

Project Description

The preschool hallway most likely needs plants that thrive in very very low and indirect light for them to grow successfully. We would like to have plant growing/observation tables where, after kiddos initially pot plants, they can observe and study their continued growth/progress. This way the plants and their care can be continually incorporated into the daily classroom curriculum.
-In addition we are in the process of creating an indoor hydroponics garden. In order to have the hydroponic grow towers sent and activate our partnership with Lettuce Grow Farm stands, we need to be able to purchase indoor grow lights to make the veggie tower growing successful. Once the lights have been ordered LG will send us a Farm Stand, plant seedlings/starters for a year and the required nutrients to maintain their continued
health.

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Redwood Outdoor Event

West Marin Jews (Forest Knolls, CA)

Project Description

There is so much Torah on Redwoods and we are also so excited to have this outdoor event coming up in a couple of weeks.

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Community (Online) Schita

West Marin Jews (Forest Knolls, CA)

Project Description

We have a plan to hold a Community (online) Schita together with Members of the Halal ritual slaughter community. This is in collaboration with a friend who we have already worked together with in the local/grassfed/kosher meat business that we started in 2019. We will be processing Lamb. Chicken and Goat whilst holding space for interaction and learning between the Kosher Shochet and the Halal Community. We are excited about what this will bring to future generations. Bringing the highest quality meat available with peace and love. If only first in the meat we eat, and then the ideology follows we believe we can really help with this shift, one bite at a time. There is so much just on this topic, we can go over in detail over the phone and I would love to have input from Hazon Seal for the programming and education material.

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Farm to Table Products

West Marin Jews (Forest Knolls, CA)

Project Description

We are also in the process of acquiring 2 acres of land in Point Reyes (which is close by) to begin growing our own food and creating a production line of farm to table products, ie – essential oils/ salves/ jams/ sauces etc
A Csa Model for our friends and family is our goal/plan, and we know it will take time before we get there, but the seeds are planted and we are moving forward! Food Security is a big thing these days and we are planning ahead like Joseph and the Storehouses in Egypt.

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Community Space for Artists

West Marin Jews (Forest Knolls, CA)

Project Description

I am also opening a studio which is not going to officially open until Covid is somewhat contained, however we are moving forward with our plans to have a community space for artist, healers, and dancers to develop their online programs in our studio, which is great as a dance studio but also as a recording studio.
There will also be massage and I will be seeing my doula clients there.

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Nursery Program

West Marin Jews (Forest Knolls, CA)

Project Description

We are starting a nursery program for kids, goats and plants.
We have the two baby goats on the way
We also have chickies on the way!
35 hatchlings – 25 chickens are being raised for meat, and 10 for laying hens

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Berman Remembrance Center Event Space

Clover Hill Park Cemetery (Birmingham, MI)

Project Description

During 2020, we anticipated on opening our newly renovated Berman Remembrance Center to host Shiva and Unveiling services for families and loved ones who are unable to provide these services in their home and would prefer a more intimate environment than a restaurant.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to provide these services.
With the release of the vaccine, we are hopeful our event space will be available to finally service the Jewish Community as we originally envisioned.
This space will be considered Hazon sustainable by using compostable plates, cups, and silverware. A food composting service, like Pink Elephant, will also be utilized for composting after events. Additionally, we would like to offer a food donation service to our patrons who do not wish to keep their remaining food items upon completion of their service.

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Composting

Clover Hill Park Cemetery (Birmingham, MI)

Project Description

We provide evergreen winter blanket arrangements and summer floral planters on our cemetery plots. We average 13,000 winter blankets and 90,000 floral planters each year.
At the end of the winter and fall seasons, we dispose of these items by means of dumpster waste removal.
This year, we plan to utilize a composting disposal service to better benefit the environment.

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Spertus Institute Session at The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership (Chicago, IL)

Project Description

Spertus Institute will present a session during January’s Jewish Climate Fest titled, “The Urgency of a Pandemic and the Intersection of Climate Change, Religion, and Social Justice”. In February 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to large, in person gatherings, Spertus Institute hosted Critical Conversations, an event drawing 400 participants to hear experts and activists debate responses to climate change. That event – one of the projects that earned Spertus its 2020 Hazon Seal of Sustainability – kicked off a deep dive into ongoing, action-oriented conversations about climate-related needs and possible solutions, especially where they overlap with communities of faith. Spertus has developed working groups of religious and environmental thought leaders to explore the idea of climate emergency as a pandemic, with a special focus on water and religion and regional social justice and policy issues related to the Great Lakes. This session will share our process, journey, and discoveries in the hope that others will join and build on this work.

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Renewable Energy in the Home

Greenburgh Hebrew Center (Dobbs Ferry, NY)

Project Description

Hear about options for making your home more energy
efficient. Save money while curbing use of fossil fuels
that contribute to climate change!

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Compost

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue & Kol Sasson Congregation (Skokie, IL)

Project Description

Once kiddush resumes, we plan to continue to compost via Collective Resources and also educate about home based composting

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Advocacy letter writing

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue & Kol Sasson Congregation (Skokie, IL)

Project Description

We plan to advertise / support letter writing to our local representatives on environmental issues via JCAN.

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Tu B’shvat programming

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue & Kol Sasson Congregation (Skokie, IL)

Project Description

We are planning a Tu B’shvat program with Hody Nemes on 1/24/2021.

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Rooftop Solar

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue & Kol Sasson Congregation (Skokie, IL)

Project Description

We are working to install rooftop solar as a PPA with a private donor.

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Reducing Waste and Composting

Elon University Hillel (Elon, NC)

Project Description

In 2019 we committed to reduce our food waste. Elon University provided the staff and students with training on Sustainability and we have been running with it. All incoming students receive water bottles and are encouraged to use them when they come to Hillel. All of our disposable food ware is compostable. We have recycle bins throughout our center as well as a compost bin in the kitchen.

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Vegan food options

Elon University Hillel (Elon, NC)

Project Description

Our kitchen is mostly vegetarian with the occasional lox for our Bagel brunches. We are committed to offering vegan main dish options at all of our meals.

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Vegan food options

Elon University Hillel (Elon, NC)

Project Description

Covid has inspired us to think differently about all of our programs. We have a new program that I am calling cooking with Boaz. Boaz our newest staff member does a program where he cooks with students over Livestream. This coming school year we want students to sign up we purchase food items and Boaz and the students cook over Livestream We plan to have at least two of these programs be vegan and the rest will be vegetarian

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Advocacy

Temple Beth Hatfiloh (Olympia, WA)

Project Description

Join in advocacy efforts both statewide by working with Earth Ministry, and locally, by taking action to support the Thurston County Climate Mitigation Plan

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Smart Thermostats

Temple Beth Hatfiloh (Olympia, WA)

Project Description

Replace existing thermostats with “smart” thermostats–thermostats with the ability to program and be controlled remotely via smartphone

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Solar

Temple Beth Hatfiloh (Olympia, WA)

Project Description

Become a site for a community solar project

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Overhaul of current waste disposal and diversion process

Coastal Roots Farm (Encinitas, CA)

Project Description

Critically investigating our current waste disposal process (trash, recycling, compost) on-site. Revamping procedures and creating new policy around waste diversion practices.

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Education and outreach for waste disposal and diversion

Coastal Roots Farm (Encinitas, CA)

Project Description

A commitment to educating ourselves to the local waste disposal procedure so that we can educate our co-working and wider community through programming, social media posts, and on-site signage.

Through these efforts we hope to lead by example and inspire others. We will provide the knowledge and tools for others to participate in proper waste disposal and diversion not only at the Leichtag Commons Property/Coastal Roots Farm but also in their own personal efforts.

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Improvidng Building Sustainability

Town and Village Synagogue (New York, NY)

Project Description

T&V is upgrading its building. A fund raising effort is underway. A new sustainable HVAC system is included in this project.

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Providing Healthy Options at Kiddush

Town and Village Synagogue (New York, NY)

Project Description

Once T&V reopens, we will work with the Kiddush Committee to offer avegetarian/vegan option on Shabbat

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The Green Team at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale-The Bayit

Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (Riverdale, NY)

Project Description

Because we cannot have any events or in person meetings right now, we plan on the following activities in 2021:
1. Continue to organize with the Riverdale Jewish community to increase our influence with local, state, and federal elected officials in order to promote climate and climate justice legislation.
2. Continue to meet as a group virtually in order to assess progress and consider new projects.
3. Continue to support the educational efforts of our Yeshiva Chovevei Torah to bring climate and environmental information and advocacy to the Orthodox and other Jewish denomination communities.
4. Continue to educate our congregation via flyers and newsletters about what they can do to protect the environment.
5. Work more closely with our education department to bring youth into our climate activities.

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Solar Power for outdoor spaces

Colorado State University Hillel (Fort Collins, CO)

Project Description

Install solar powered lighting for our new outdoor shed and picnic table area

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(Virtual) Earth Day Program – Sunday April 25, 2021

Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex (Caldwell, NJ)

Project Description

We will be engaging Dr. Jeremy Benstein – I’m sure Hazon is familiar with him – but this is from his Linked In page:
I [Dr. Benwstein] am (still) a founder and senior staffer at the Heschel Center for Sustainability. We train, nurture and connect a committed, creative, multi-disciplinary cadre of change agents to promote Israel as a sustainable society – meaning a strong, democratic economy in a resilient just society made of vibrant communities in a healthy and productive environment – for ourselves and future generations. Now, we are crucially involved in helping to shape Israel’s response to the climate crisis, including expanding the movement for sustainability to other social change organizations, and influencing government policy on renewable energies and climate policy.

Will will be working with him to refine the specific topics he will cover.

Updates

May 11, 2021:

On April 25, 2021, CAI conducted a virtual Earth Day celebration. The CAI Education Committee co-sponsored the event with the CAI Environmental Committee. The celebration began with a d’var torah by our Associate Rabbi, Ari Lucas. Tov M’Od, the young children’s choir, sang “This Pretty Planet.” Our featured speaker was Dr. Jeremy Benstein, who did his usual wonderful job educating us about climate change and other important environmental issues.

(Virtual) Tu B’Shavat Seder – January 2021/5781

Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex (Caldwell, NJ)

Project Description

We will be conducting a Zoom virtual seder for the evening January 27, 2021. As we did last year -we will be using Hazon’s Tu B’Shavat Haggadah as a framework – but with our own liturgical changes. We will have to adjust our presentation for the virutal presentation (last year was very hands on – smelling, tasting etc.) One way we plan to handle this by making up bags to be delivered to participants beforehand with various materials including some foods.

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HAZON Mini-Food Grant

Congregation Agudath Israel of West Essex (Caldwell, NJ)

Project Description

HAZON awarded a $1,000 Mini-Food Grant to Congregation Agudath Israel. $500 of this money was used to sponsor an event held on October 14 (this event is covered in a separate project). The remainder of the grant has not yet been spent.

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2021 Projects

Anshe Sholom Bnai Israel Congregation (Chicago, IL)

Project Description

— Park/beach clean-up
— Continue with letter-writing campaigns through JEA
— Continue sharing monthly greening tips in the shul bulletin
— Conduct community survey to assess needs/interest around sustainability programming and initiatives
— When

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JDC Green Virtual Learning

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (New York, NY)

Project Description

We’re interested in bringing learning opportunities – webinars, either with internal or external facilitators – to JDC staff. In particular we think there will be interest in/room to educate on the following:
• Actionable/relevant – e.g. how to re-grow produce from food scraps, making natural cleaning materials at home, other things one can do from home
• Connection between Judaism & sustainability
• JDC-specific – e.g. GRID speak to how their work is sustainable

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