School Compost & Recycling Integration

During the course of the 2021/2022 school year Denver Jewish Day School will implement a compost and recycling program in both cafeterias and outdoors at The Farmette. It is our mission to be as sustainable with our waste management as an institution and to teach these practices to our students and staff, additionally have this knowledge trickle into the family households of the students.

This will be a guided step-by-step mission. It begins with finding a local composting/recycling company to work with. Currently we have a site assessment arranged with Next Use on June 29, 2021 to begin a quote for service. Following an assessment of the waste generated by the school, we will begin the 1st phase of the program in 1 cafeteria and The Farmette. The appropriate number of bins will be in place, clear signage will be created, a student informational session will take place, and a faculty informational session will take place. Education is a major factor in this implementation. in addition to the knowledge shared by The Farmette manager, Next Use will also provide support. The 2nd phase will be adding the same practices to the 2nd cafeteria within a 3 month period after the 1st phase.

The Farmette will have recycling and compost bins, as well as the additional project of building an organic waste 3-system compost structure to appropriately manage our farm waste. This will not be collected by Next Use, rather it will be reused for The Farmette beds.

Next Use will adjust and accomodate our needs for the amount of bins needed (both recycling and compost), number of pick-ups per month, amount of training sessions, and will provide the school with compost to use for our garden beds – this last factor creates a wonderful circular system where the school will receive back it’s refined compost to use. The Farmette manager will organize a small team of faculty who will oversee the progress, implementation, and accuracy of this program will regular monitoring and check-ins.

The use of this mini-grant will go directly to the cost of servicing Next Use for their bins and pick-ups. Additionally it will be used to cover proper and accurate signage and training sessions.

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Single-use waste reduction through water bottle filling stations

This project is to retrofit the existing water fountain to a dual water fountain plus water bottle refilling station. This will lead to a healthier and more environmentally sustainable Colorado by encouraging the use of refillable water bottles and reducing the use of single-use drink containers. As shared by Har HaShem's Executive Director, "This is a way to encourage mindfulness around carrying a water bottle, refilling it, hydrating, and avoiding disposables... when I see these water fountains, I'm reminded that I could or should be carrying a water bottle." The Har HaShem Green Team will promote this latest step toward sustainability to the congregation and leverage it to highlight all of the synagogue's past and current environmental activities. The Green Team will also create educational signage to be placed by the new fountain that highlights the environmental devastation caused by single-use items and especially single-use plastic.

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Brit Hazon community group and Advocacy Group

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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Gardening at Share Food Program

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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Share Food Program

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:  Knock, Drop and Roll: Deliver nutritious food packages to homebound seniors and people with disabilities on Saturday mornings. Sign up: 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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Parshat Behar – Shmita: Strangers and Temporary Residents Group Study

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

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! For questions, contact Robin @ or Shelley @

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