Project Category: Leadership, Education, & Community

Dor Hadash

Detroit, Michigan

We will be building a community sukkah for Dor Hadash families. We will be using local materials for the sukkah structure, decorations, and for a lulav and etrog. We will also be tasting locally grown fruits and vegetables in our sukkot celebration. This will be a great way to observe the holiday and also explore and support our local food ecosystem in an interactive and delicious way. It would be great if we can get our food from a Detroit farm and have a farmer there to share information about the produce, the farming process, and what it's like to grow food in Detroit. The sukkah will be designed and built by a group of parent volunteers on the property of one of our parent/educators. The kids in our program will use gourds and other things from the farmer's market, as well as utilize recycled/upcycled materials for festive decorations. This will provide a great opportunity to talk about and practice sustainability in a creative way. We will have a program on October 9 to teach about the holiday. During Sukkot, it will be open for members of Dor Hadash and guests to strengthen our community, Jewish identity, and connection to the environment as we gather, eat, and celebrate together.

Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia

We have representatives from each department on our green team and each department will be conducting an audit of their operations. The departments are Campaigns, Accounting, IT, Events, Foundations, Executive , Office Local Community Engagement, Israel Community Engagement, JWest Building Team, and Marketing. Some changes that have been made so far are: campaigns switching from paper to virtual thank you, switching to default electronic tax receipts, using to vegan, kosher caterers when available, and defaulting to dairy meals otherwise Each department that has event will have their own sustainability checklist.

Habonim Dror Camp Miriam Society

Vancouver, British Columbia

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

Elon University Hillel

Elon, North Carolina

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).

Elon University Hillel

Elon, North Carolina

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.

Temple Beth Zion

Brookline, Massachusetts

All-shul book read of the book We Are the Weather.

Congregation Beth Ahm

West Bloomfield, Michigan

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.

Congregation Beth Ahm

West Bloomfield, Michigan

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.

Congregation Kol Ami

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

15th Annual Community Tu B'Shvat Seder Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7-8pm ET Sing, feast on fruits and wine, celebrate our relationship with the natural world, build greater awareness of the environment and our Jewish connection to ecological issues.

Edlavitch DCJCC

Washington, DC, Virginia

What: Join the Edlavitch DCJCC, Interfaith Power and Light, and the Jewish Earth Alliance for a very special Tu B’Shvat Seder where we’ll celebrate the holiday through the lens of the Jewish responsibility to be stewards of this planet. We will tackle the issue of methane gas use and why it’s environmentally harmful, we’ll eat some holiday treats and explore their symbolism, we’ll get inspired through music and song, and together, we’ll take direct action to fight climate change. When: Monday, January 17, 2022, 7:00-8:00 PM

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