– Event took place May 2, 2021
– Event was a success; we collected 70+ pounds of garbage from the beach and we plan to have another this upcoming summer
Continue sharing monthly greening tips in the shul bulletin
– We provided tips in the bulletin Nov – March 2021
Additional Events of 2021:
– The Green Team assisted in sourcing local products/food items to include in the shul’s mishloach manot bags for ~200 members/families
“Pickle Time Higiya” Tu Bishvat Family/Education event
– We partnered with Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob’s Green Team in hosting a virtual event featuring then rabbinical student Hody Nemes who educated attendees on food waste, carbon footprint, and why our Jewish values teach us to care about sustainability. The event concluded with a demo by Hody on how to pickle vegetables at home.
Butterfly Garden (April-May 2021)
– A member of our shul bought plants ideal for butterflies and members of our Green Team assisted with weeding and planting.
“Composting with Kavod” Composting Education Event (2/22/21)
– A member of our Green Team, Benjamin Krumstok, who is an expert on waste diversion, facilitated a virtual education event on composting dos and don’ts and its importance in Judaism. Benjamin also shared local Chicago composting resources, and at least 2 attendees in that session started composting after the event.
– The shul sukka hosted 8 potluck meals for the Young Professionals group, with 20-40 people attending each meal.
– The Green Team provided compostable plates, napkins, and cutlery. These items, along with any food waste, were collected and composted.
– Continue with letter-writing campaigns through JEA: We did not continue this effort after Erin stopped facilitating Zoom letter-writing events. We requested that subsequent liaisons continue these events, but those events were never set up.
– Continue sharing monthly greening tips in the shul bulletin: We decided to discontinue this effort, as this did not bring significant awareness and change to many members of the shul. We felt we could utilize our time more effectively by focusing on more hands-on/engaging programming (see the “successes” section).
– Conduct community survey to assess needs/interest around sustainability programming and initiatives: With Covid, we did not feel the timing was right to engage the synagogue in these efforts as there was already a pull to try to engage members in basic programming. We may consider revisiting this in the future.