Project Updates

December 8, 2020:

See notes above.

December 6, 2020:

There has been much “buzz” regarding the sedar. COVID-19 restrictions aside, we expect it to attract even more people next year.

December 10, 2020:

Two additional organizations sponsored this Earth Day event as compared with last year’s Earth Day event. The Jewish News covered the event.

December 11, 2020:

We went from having no garden at Beth Israel to a robust garden that delighted community members and gave them an opportunity to physically connect with the synagogue and Jewish community despite the limitations of COVID.

December 13, 2020:

Not applicable

December 13, 2020:

Not applicable

December 13, 2020:

CAI was able to get several organizations to commit to and work on this project.

December 15, 2020:

We have partnered with one community organization to generate fruit trees that can be given out in the community. We have identified a few locations to do mass tree plantings.

December 16, 2020:

Seventy-nine people responded, almost three-quarters (73.1%) of whom were 55 years or older, an over representation of this age group which constitutes about half of T&V’s membership.

December 16, 2020:

We sponsored two Green Kiddushim, one that served vegetarian and one that was totally vegan. Members of the Green Team prepared such foods as apple crisp, apple squash soup, corn and bean salad, vegan cake and challah, and order a vegetarian/vegan cholnt and chile from the caterer. Jodi Graber from JVeg spoke about the benefits of a vegetarian diet after one of these Kiddushim and on a panel with physicians on the same topic in November 2020.

December 16, 2020:

The Green Committee expanded its initial membership, with many of the original members replaced by an active cohort of about 15 members including two youth from the Hebrew School. The focus on the Hebrew School Community had to take a back seat given a change in leadership in July and alterations in the curriculum in the Fall

December 16, 2020: December 17, 2020:

Over the past six months we have successfully rehomed chickens and set up a loving home, created a compost system, created a team of student volunteers and a paid internship for our Sustainability Program Lead, as well as developed a swag and a marketing campaign.
Also, this past November we were able to fundraise enough money to purchase a shed, outdoor picnic tables and to increase our paid internship opportunities.

December 17, 2020:

We just finished this past summer one of our last major construction projects with our new Health Center. It is a 5,500 sq ft 2 story building that will act as our Health Center over the summer and extra retreat housing during the off season. The whole building is all solar powered and we also have geothermal heating throughout. This is just the beginning of our hopes of more renewable energy sources up on our ranch.

December 17, 2020:

Even with a lost summer up at camp and no programming going on we were still committed to recycling and composting. With appx 6 staff doing work on our site all summer we were still able to use our own composters at camp. We also committed to taking our recycling down to Denver as it was much cheaper than having it picked up for us. I personally took down 2-3 garbage 55 gal garbage bags worth of recycling every 2 weeks.

December 20, 2020:

1. We have conducted energy audits prior to 2020 and all possible procedures for energy efficiency are now in place.
2. Because no events are now occurring in our building due to the pandemic, we have communicated with members of the congregation via flyers and newsletters about how they can continue to recycle, eat plant-based foods, avoid food waste, and compost.
3. We have met virtually with our state and federal elected officials and successfully convinced them to support climate-appropriate legislation.

December 22, 2020:

We presented a program on climate change and the significance of trees, we have posted information to help congregants recycle, reuse and reduce, we obtained a no idling sign for the parking lot, we are planning additional projects focusing on trees and recycling.

December 23, 2020:

Project 2: Critical Conversations is an annual Spertus Institute program inspired by Judaism’s embrace of civil discourse. A key event in Spertus’ schedule, it brings together high-profile speakers (often with considerably different points of view) to discuss the most critical issues of the day. In 2020, Critical Conversations brought experts and activists together to discuss what needs to be done to address climate change—and why we are too immobilized to act. Moderated by bestselling author David Wallace Wells, the panel included Bill McKibben, Karenna Gore, Kevin Green, Katherine Milkman, and Mirele Goldsmith.

December 27, 2020:

We have created a Solar Working Group that is investigating TBH becoming a location for a community solar project. We are working with a local organization, Olympia Community Solar. We have made two presentations to our Board, and are continuing to explore feasibility.

December 27, 2020:

Successful–we have identified new products to take the place of the products we had been using. As we finish our existing supply, we are replacing with the green alternatives.

December 27, 2020:

None, unfortunately…with COVID we stopped meeting in our building before we were able to implement. We hope to pick this up again when we begin to meet again.

December 27, 2020:

We hosted two major presentations this past year. One during Sukkot by a member of our Green Team who is also a Climate Reality Educator, and one in December on Shabbat, the Executive Director of Earth Ministry, a WA State interfaith environmental advocacy organization

December 29, 2020: January 4, 2021:

We energized a team of 20 volunteers to man the compost station, and composted every week and at some events in between until the shul shut down in mid-March. Composting had become a part of kiddush culture and the community had been educated on how to divide waste appropriately.

January 4, 2021:

We secured a donor who committed 40k toward purchasing a solar installation. We worked with Sun Badger solar to draw up plans for the project and are in process of finding pro bono counsel. Shul president and Board are supportive. In process of determining correct timeline given other capital projects underway.

January 4, 2021:

The event was a success! We had great turnout.

January 4, 2021:

Jonathan and Sam created and led the seder.

January 6, 2021:

We hosted the book club

January 6, 2021:

Focused on food with an eye toward sustainability during the high holidayys

January 6, 2021:

We held a large event with Hadar focused on climate change and partnered with local organizations which gave out food samples discussing how everyday actions like what food we eat impacts the planet and our responsibility as a Jewish community.

We also provided fair trade tea.

January 6, 2021:

20 participants

January 6, 2021:

43 people registered

January 8, 2021:

Students love their water bottles and this has reduced the use of plastic cups

January 8, 2021:

The success of these events meant that the only waste we would have from our events with food were the potato chip bags. We were able to have many events that had zero waste

January 8, 2021:

This is was a success

January 7, 2021:

Our membership has sampled some delicious vegetarian and vegan food and we have had the opportunity to discuss the the benefits of a vegan diet for the ethical treatment of animals, the environment and our health.

January 8, 2021:

People were very excited about the movie and discussed what we might do in the future to educate more of our congregation about moving towards a more plant forward diet. We decided to present the Hazon Brit at our next Zoom Vegan Shabbat Dinner. Becky O’Brien will join us tonight to do this.

January 11, 2021:

We served hundreds of families and thousands of individuals.

January 11, 2021:

Coronavirus delayed construction on the off-site solar we had purchased, but we hope to go live with our off-site solar in the coming months.

January 12, 2021:

1/11: installed two more smart thermostats in our social hall and sanctuary.

January 12, 2021:

Planting began two months after our tree contract was updated.
From May to September, 60 new trees and shrubs were planted on cemetery grounds.

January 13, 2021:

-Our team focused on the vote and made election calls based on climate issues.
-Because people often joked about how much food they were over-consuming during the pandemic, Ilana Margalit offered a session on intentional food choices in June.
-Partnered with Gann Academy and their farm to learn about Jewish farming and our earth for Simchat Torah/Parshat Bereshit.
-Launched TBZ’s JYCM Kvutzah
-Purchased Fair-Trade Gelt and 100% recycled bags for Hanukkah as gifts to our community

January 16, 2021:

Distributed the seeds for the victory gardens in both back yards and pots. With the pandemic, the gardens created an emotional/spiritual benefit for many. Planned the vegetable garden.

January 8, 2021:

Having the teens take responsibility for the event was wonderful. They did a great job spreading the word about the event (better than we could have done, given their familiarity with social media and their technological sophistication)) and got participation from young people from all over Broward County.The students had been taking increasingly more responsibility over the past few years at our live King Tide Events and this year they led us. They will become our climate leaders of the future, so in addition to educating participants about sea level rise and climate resilience, I think that training our students to become leaders was equally valuable.

January 19, 2021:

We have been introducing our members to a plant-forward diet with this activity, our vegan shabbats, and our “Game Changers” movie event.
We are planning to hold some international vegan food demos starting in February. I think we may be making some progress with people shifting their diets towards plant-based. We are in the process of planning a Tu B’Shevat event where people will sign on to the Hazon Brit.

January 19, 2021:

Was able to hold (pre-covid) a Tu B’Shvat gathering to plant seeds and hike around the Redwoods generating discussion about the Birthday or Trees.

January 19, 2021:

Incorporated local, organic produce and ingredients into meal.

January 19, 2021:

Learning a lot from cycling through the holidays on our own.

January 19, 2021:

Getting goats acclimated and preparing for experimenting with various goat milk products.

January 19, 2021:

Great turn out for outdoor service.

January 19, 2021:

The boxed contained vegan latkes, a Menorah, and candles for 8 nights. Met over zoom for music and lighting.

January 26, 2021:

In March 2020 (just before COVID stay at home orders) a local vendor was identified and contracted for weekly pickup of single stream recycling program

January 26, 2021:

A total of 60 students, staff, and faculty members completed the survey in a one week period.

January 26, 2021:

The first 4 weeks featured a weekly email with action tips, an weekly theme based exhibit in the 2 main lobbies and a call to action for the forming of a Sunrise Climate Action group.

January 27, 2021:

We mostly stopped over the summer as the pandemic continued, but for several months we were engaging our community in conversations about waste and sustainability.

January 27, 2021:

From March through May, we maintained this channel. We send communications to the office about the creation of the channel and how to turn on notifications, made relevant posts, involved the Engagement Team to make posts as well, and were able to start a few conversations.

January 27, 2021:

Worked with MarCom to create a beautiful JDC Green logo. Drafted and finalized a mission statement. Utilized the logo (and language of “JDC Green” as opposed to The Green Team) in all communications from the team for the rest of the year, starting when the project was completed in June.

January 27, 2021:

We shared out the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest and encouraged staff to attend in 3 consecutive newsletters (this gets into 2021 a little). We wrote a piece on how to have a sustainable and green Chanukah.

January 29, 2021:

Green Shabbat, educational programming on environmental justice, starting a concerted food justice effort through the Serve the Moment Campus Corps at Hillel

February 4, 2021:

The virtual Tu B’Shevat Sedar was co-sponsored by our Education Department, and was attended by Rabbi Lucas, Cantor Caplan, Susan Werk, our Educational Director, all of whom spoke and/or sang at the event, and three congregational rabbis. Jewish National Fund supplied bags and goodies for event participants and presented two videos about JNF’s work in preserving Israel’s environment. Each participant received a Sedar bag containing wine, seven foods, seeds for planting, and the Hazon hagaddah, which guided the service. We had singing, break-out sessions to address the questions in the Hazon hagaddah, and a yoga break, and watched a video on how to make babka. The event lasted 2 hours.

February 4, 2021:

With the help and support of Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, the Associated Baltimore City Partnership Commission, and others, Pearlstone was able to do this work.

February 4, 2021:

Joan Plisko and the year-round educators created sustainable online gardening lessons, resources, and blogs.

February 4, 2021:

Developed Thrive: Weekend Resilience Workshop. Had to postpone due to Covid.

February 15, 2021:

We had 9 students involved in this event.

February 15, 2021:

Students are coming to us with ideas about sustainability and environmental based events.

February 15, 2021:

The internship is still being tweaked.

February 17, 2021:

This was successful!

February 17, 2021:

This was successful!

February 17, 2021:

This was a success!

February 17, 2021:

– Zero Waste Tu B’shevat Seder – over 70 people attending, Kara Mertz (City of Boulder Sustainability Director) and Neil Lurie (Director of Resource) spoke about zero waste, consumption and resource use, and the climate. Explored texts focusing on Ba’al Tashchit. Shared seasonal meal and preserved Colorado Fruits
– Rosie Briggs, of Eco-Cycle, came to staff meeting to talk about waste + the climate crisis and how to sort everything
– Story of Stuff virtual screening lunch n’ learn with Becky O’Brien
– Green Gift Giving virtual program with Rosie Briggs of Eco-Cycle

February 17, 2021:

We got a big sign printed for our large rental events and programs. We have not yet printed smaller signs for all our three-bin systems in the building

February 17, 2021:

We started a great on-site compost system at Milk and Honey Farm. We have signage and are actively making and using our own compost! We spread the first batch on one of our fields in October.

February 17, 2021:

No staff snack shack anymore

February 17, 2021:

Buying proper bins and creating signage in our buildings were an important aspect of achieving this goal and were accomplished. We now have three bins – trash, recycling and compost – throughout the building!

February 17, 2021:

I am happy to report that we did accomplish this and have even had full vegan meals!

February 17, 2021:

I am happy to report that we have zero styrofoam on site!! We have switched most of our plastics to a comparable compostable version including our silverware, plates and most to-go containers.

February 17, 2021:

Everything purchased by the administration,& office staff during 2020 was either compostable or recyclable. I am proud of the school for making this commitment and following through

February 23, 2021:

The BJ Environmental Advocates successfully collaborated with the BJ Teen Executive Board on our Tu Bishvat program.

Building work has continued and we replaced our boiler in our 88th street building.

February 24, 2021:

The solar project was a success!

February 24, 2021:

New HVAC system.

February 24, 2021:

Working towards more virtual greening with hybrid model to include members not in NY.

March 2, 2021:

We have always valued our time in the outdoors. This pushed us to develop further program curriculum around the High Holidays and other Jewish holidays. Another element we were successful at was teaching remotely and we connected the value of conservation and environmental impact on that. This has had a significant impact as well on our whole agency. The fact that we meet remotely versus driving everywhere helps the larger footprint.

March 2, 2021:

Campers and staff discuss the life span of growing fruits and vegetables. They also talk about the wild animals that try and eat off the garden. Also focus on where things can grow, for example we only grow from the ground not from trees. Also, discuss where the garden should be planted for sunlight and waterflow. Our garden has an irrigation system and our facility talk with campers about this. Campers were able to take herbs that grew and use in the Shabbat boxes.

March 4, 2021:

We successfully continued growing vegetables to help provide emergency access to those in need

March 8, 2021:

We are still in the process of forming our Meditation Garden Committee, a group who will take the lead on deciding what features to include in the garden and what type of programming we will implement in the space (both virtual and in-person). So far, we have eight individuals interested in working on the garden initiative and we will be scheduling our first committee meeting in the next couple weeks for our first brainstorming meeting!

March 9, 2021:

We are using them periodically to replenish JFMD kitchens when necessary.

March 9, 2021:

We have made final decisions on materials, cost, physical effort involved. Now we are waiting for it to warm up outside and it is!

March 10, 2021:

The Holistic Omer Count
7-Week Omer Holistic Daily and Weekly Check-Ins 2021
Join us daily, and/or once a week, to count the Omer (March 28 – May 16). Choose an attainable goal, such as losing 5 pounds, walking 3x/week, and/or gardening, and check in for support. Our daily check-ins are at 9 AM EST and Sundays at 4:00 EST.

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We will cover “Meatless Mondays,” and talk about the spices of the Sephirot of the week!

For the Zoom link, send your email to healingwordstol@gmail.com.

This program is part of the Hazon Seal of Sustainability.

March 11, 2021:

Due to the increased organizational workload related to the election, we decided to postpone the event to May 2021. We are planning event details now, and will publish the ticket registration page this week.
We have utilized recycled paper and a union printer for the save-the-date postcards, and will do so again for the program book. We will also be featuring Midtown Composting as a part of the silent auction.

March 17, 2021:

This program was made up of multiple the courses throughout the day.

March 17, 2021:

The garden was maintained by people who have never been involved in gardening before.

March 17, 2021:

This is a more recent initiative and since the building is closed, only staff have utilized it.

March 18, 2021:

We have completed both of these projects

March 18, 2021:

We aim to complete this on Earth Day 2021

March 18, 2021:

March 18, 2021:

See above.

January 13, 2021:

we planted the garden.

April 5, 2021:

We have had some challenges with keeping our community engaged with sustainability practices, while we all spend much of our time in our homes. This program will be helpful in re-centering our IADS community to be focused on environmentally friendly practices that folks can instill in their day to day lives.

April 5, 2021:

a good percentage of the lawn is done

April 9, 2021:

We were moderately successful given the challenges of the past year. We were consistent players in the monthly letter writing actions, but our involvement in the program and our focus on climate-related measures dissipated over the course of the year.

April 9, 2021:

Before the pandemic we were able to organize our first fully vegan shabbat meal with Northwestern Hillel utilizing resources provided by Hazon. We were also able to organize a Tu Bishvat seder with the Northwester Green Office. Creating these spiritual spaces with an emphasis on cultivating and stewarding the land felt really important for our green team and our students.

April 12, 2021:

We’ve contacted the plumbing company to secure a more favorable rate to make a greater impact

April 14, 2021:

We had a very successful program on having zero food waste in our homes. We had a caterer show us how we could re-purpose leftovers that might otherwise be thrown away into delicious new meal options.

April 14, 2021:

We have found what doesn’t work! See challenges below.

April 15, 2021:

Finalized location, expanded structure, subcommittee project teams, updated garden plan

April 15, 2021:

Because of COVID, we were only able to install one of the bottle filling stations. But the other two are planned for the coming months.

April 18, 2021:

We have grown the membership of the Green Team to include members of the Executive Committee, the Building Committee, the Sisterhood and the Men’s Club.

We worked to engage the religious and lay leaders, arms and branches of the synagogue and synagogue members on the committee and in the implementation of programs.

April 21, 2021:

I have gained a successful amount of listens and have had positive feedback from followers

April 21, 2021:

Over 100 attendees to the online panel, and tremendous amount of positive feedback.

April 21, 2021:

An excellent event with a tremendous amount of positive feedback

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.

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.

May 28, 2021:

Completed.

May 28, 2021:

Completed.

June 3, 2021:

Completed

June 3, 2021:

Completed.

June 3, 2021:

Most of our congregants seem to take in these teachings. It is not clear how much they act on them.

June 3, 2021:

Most of our congregants seem to take in these teachings. It is not clear how much they act on them.

June 14, 2021:

We held several meetings with students to form a Green Team at Hillel of Metro Detroit. We also were able to engage with 20 students through the Sustainability Starter kits.

August 16, 2021:

Initial spreadsheet reviewed by Fred Davis on 13 August 2021. Still need to make changes to “natural gas” spreadsheet to convert MCFs to Therms.

August 16, 2021:

Education and Advocacy audit done.

September 17, 2021:

Completed the project during the summer of 2021 at camp.

October 20, 2021:

We are pleased to report that students lead the management of all three programs, with staff advising. This was a great leadership feat for our students and we’re proud of their abilities to design thoughtful programming, promote it to their communities, and implement strong educational content.

Specific to the Micro Greens event, we were especially proud of the thoughtful connection students made between a Jewish holiday and sustainability. The program centered on Tu Bishvat, in which participants picked up microgreens kits from Hillel – made even more special because the kits used were the creation of a fellow student just launching a new microgreens business. As they Zoom’d together, the group explored Jewish texts about environmentalism in Judaism and the holiday, then they started the planting process as a group.

November 3, 2021:

Our community is more aware and educated on the environmental stressors we place on the earth and our community.

November 9, 2021:

We have gotten all renovation plans in place and raised funds to make this renovation possible.

November 10, 2021:

We established a quarterly meeting with JDC Go Green Israel. We updated our logos to share one logo. We acted as a sounding board, and learned from them as well.

November 10, 2021:

We planned and executed the Brit Hazon as the JDC Green Lifestyle Challenge. 46 international participants signed up, and had approx. 20 active participants. We heard back in our last event some learnings participants took away about living sustainably. We were able to complete this remotely during the pandemic. We were able to use additional funding from a health initiative to purchase prizes to encourage participation. We also purchased reuseable utensils that will now be provided to all staff, not just participants.

November 10, 2021:

We met with the Director of Learning and Development and discussed what options we had.
We created a learning playlist in Joint University, our internal Learning and Development system, and included it in the staff newsletter. We updated it weekly with new articles, videos, and learning items on sustainable issues, until we hit the limit of 20 learning items. The Israel team showed interest in joining this project in the future, if we continue it.

November 10, 2021: November 15, 2021:

Overhaul of current waste disposal and diversion process:
Ensured recycling was separated from landfill trash and being taken to recycling bin without plastic bags.
Ensuring paper towels were collected from the Hive (co-working space) and thrown in compost piles.
For most day-to-day events we have come up with a plan to divert compost and compostable wares into our green waste.
For larger events, we are still working on creating an efficient system for composting and recycling.
Created a compostable dinnerware guide for vendors and guests to bring onsite.

Education and Outreach:
Learned about EDCO recycling facility and anaerobic digester.
Educated ourselves on do’s and don’ts for Farm’s compost operations.
Brainstormed a plan to present to Communication Team in order to create compost/recycling/landfill signs for trash receptacles, community facing, and social media.

November 16, 2021:

Education and Outreach:
Learned about EDCO recycling facility and anaerobic digester.
Educated ourselves on do’s and don’ts for Farm’s compost operations.
Brainstormed a plan to present to Communication Team in order to create compost/recycling/landfill signs for trash receptacles, community facing, and social media.

November 18, 2021: November 18, 2021: November 18, 2021:

This is a new project that will be ongoing. We now have 8 compost bins in our back parking lot that is used as an aggregate drop-off spot for local compost nonprofit. As part of the agreement, staff can drop their compost off for free and we will receive soil for our garden in the spring.

November 23, 2021:

Members of the TBH Green Team testified in front of the governing bodies of the four municipalities that would consider the plan: the cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater, and Thurston County. Our Green Team was part of a coalition of local environmental groups. The plan was adopted by all four!

Plus we continue to be in touch with Earth Ministry about statewide efforts.

November 23, 2021:

We did an initial trial of smart thermostats in three “zones” of our building. It was successful and allowed for greater ease in controlling temperature in spaces, better than a regular programmable thermostat. We are replacing all of our thermostats with smart thermostats, which will be completed by the end of the year.

November 23, 2021:

We continue to work with Olympia Community Solar and are in the process now of applying for grants for solar install.

November 23, 2021:

We did have a number of congregants sign up to particiapate.

November 23, 2021: November 23, 2021: November 30, 2021: November 30, 2021: November 30, 2021:

Nourishing Our Souls Cookbook is now available for purchase ($18)! It is a new vegetarian and vegan cookbook brought to you by CAI’s Environmental and Interfaith Committees. Introductions written by Rabbi Ari Lucas, Sister Honora Werner and Hakan Yesilova share the backgrounds of vegetarianism from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives. All proceeds from the cookbook will be donated to local food banks, in collaboration with the Social Action Committee.

The cookbook features over 75 recipes from our congregation and broader community, including beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, side and main dishes, desserts, baked goods, and holiday dishes from our interfaith community. Discover what your fellow congregants and neighbors are eating, including: “Not your Mother’s Applesauce”, “Tofu Scramble”, “Fireplace Hot Not Milk”, “Colcannon”, “Cuban Black Beans”, and much more!

December 9, 2021:

Supported the Climate Solutions Act and are now holding an advocacy forum in Dec 2021

December 9, 2021:

We held monthly Thrive programs beginning in August 2021 including
Go With the Flow: Creek walk and exploration of stream health
Tuning in to the World Wood Web: Forest bathing and tree ID
DIY Outdoor Shelters: Shelter building and habitat exploration
Seed Saving for Abundance: Practical steps to enhance food resilience
Lighting UP: Candle making and renewable energy

December 9, 2021:

We installed solar panels on the rooftops of 4 lodge buildings

December 9, 2021:

We served over 100,000 meals to the community during COVID

December 9, 2021:

Greening our office space has been a very nice transition for us. By starting off with replacing the items we use every day, cups, plates, bowls, and cutlery, staff are helping make less waste. It is such an easy replacement for staff who are new to making sustainable changes.

December 9, 2021:

Continued into 2021

December 9, 2021:

Continued in 2021.

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TV upgraded its building in the following sustainable ways:
1) Total replacement of Synagogue’s old oil burning heating system with two all new gas fired energy efficient condensation boilers (one for sanctuary and one for social hall and back building.
2) Replacement of gas burning hot water tank with a new energy efficient electric operated one.
3)Total replacement of Synagogue’s old Ventilation and AC system with totally new energy efficient electric operated zoned Chiller, Air Handler, and fan coil units.
4) Installation of Commercial Dishwasher in Kitchen which allows for improved water conservation during the washing of eating and cooking utensils, and increased sustainability through the replacement of disposable dishes and flatware with non-disposable dishwasher safe items.
5) Installation of washing machine and dryer that allows for improved sustainability through the replacement of disposable table linens with washable reusable one

January 5, 2022:

There was a lot of progress made in terms of narrowing down what the group wanted to do with the grant monies. The group wanted to check out other meditation gardens in the area, so a program was scheduled to occur in September to have a field trip to the McLaren gardens in Clarkston and have Rabbi Degroot do a program at the same time.

January 6, 2022: January 11, 2022: January 20, 2022: January 20, 2022:

This has been well received by the congregation and will continue to be included in monthly newsletters.

January 20, 2022:

B’nai Jeshurun decided not to pursue the Seven Year Environmental Justice and Sustainability Plan.

January 20, 2022: January 20, 2022: January 20, 2022: January 27, 2022: January 27, 2022: January 27, 2022: January 27, 2022: January 27, 2022: February 10, 2022:

It went SO well

February 10, 2022:

Went vegan.

February 10, 2022:

Test Success

February 16, 2022:

This cooking program was an extremely successful initiative that Boaz created, innovated, and carried out with student partnership. IT not only helped students learn to cook healthful, easy meals on their own, but also to think about how to make a traditionally meat meal into something vegetarian friendly that would fit kosher guidelines and suit all dietary needs.

February 16, 2022: February 16, 2022:

We are transitioning our kitchen into a fully kosher facility, and educating students about kashrut has been quite an experience. One educational aspect to highlight has been how, when looking at items that may or not have a heksher, being certified as vegetarian and or vegan can qualify an item to be considered kosher according to our standards. Another has been to look at the emphasis on humane treatment and slaughter of animals in Jewish tradition, and how that dovetails with observance of kashrut.

February 21, 2022:

A big update

February 21, 2022:

Great News!!!!!!!!!!!

February 21, 2022:

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

March 1, 2022:

the new drinking fountain has been successfully installed

before and after pictures added.

March 1, 2022: January 17, 2022: March 9, 2022:

Our students got together to decorate the new waste bins that we ordered and to make some signs labeling what can and cannot be recycled. We served vegetarian food at this event too.

March 10, 2022:

Park/beach clean-up
– 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:

Mishloach Manot
– 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.

Sukkot Composting
– 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.

March 17, 2022: March 17, 2022: March 17, 2022: March 17, 2022: March 17, 2022: March 17, 2022: March 21, 2022:

The gardens had fallen into disrepair due to the neglect during covid. The raised bed were repaired and a canopy trestle for squash was installed.

March 21, 2022:

This project was a huge success, and families not only received the projects but the activities to go along with them. It helped make our virtual year feel more hands on

March 21, 2022:

With the incredible help of students, volunteers, and school families we constructed the secure perimeter fence and 2 gates for the hugely expanded corral in October & November 2021. The final step of the project is adding the Tuff Shed will be be the new home for the goats. This is set to be delivered and installed in May 2022 and will complete the project.

March 22, 2022: March 22, 2022: March 22, 2022: March 23, 2022:

Our event was a success! We were able to enroll six households in a composting service, and distribute 250 postcards for our event on recycled cardstock.

March 28, 2022: April 12, 2022:

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

April 13, 2022: April 13, 2022: May 3, 2022:

Due to the cost involved in this project (water source, fencing), this project has been eliminated from the 2021-22 timeline.