Project Category: Food Choices

Richmond Jewish Day School

Richmond, British Columbia

Planting parsley from seed to be ready for Pesach. Making alfalfa sprout heads. Planting a tree with JNF. Garden clean up. Recycling activity to boost awareness.

Vancouver Talmud Torah

Vancouver, British Columbia

We aim to be a Litterless Lunch school starting next September 2023. We will be introducing our school community to the concept this year with a monthly Student & Staff Litterless Lunch. Students are encouraged to pack a lunch with as minimal waste as possible which encourages thoughtful and healthy choices (like fruits and vegetables), and avoiding single-use food items with its own package (often highly processed, high in sugar, and lacking nutrients). Any organic or plastic waste will be sent home in the child's lunch kit. We aim to do a cafeteria waste audit this year as well to ensure that our catering practices align with this litterless lunch vision.

B'nai Jeshurun

New York, New York

We are partnering with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to donate all leftover, unused food from events at BJ. They will be picking up every week after Kiddush so that leftover food from Shabbat dinners and Kiddush can be put to immediate use at organizations such as soup kitchens and shelters serving food insecure New Yorkers. This is connected to our big picture goal to reduce food waste. We are also redesigning our food ordering protocols and tracking systems to try to reduce our production of unused food overall.

Congregation Beth Israel

Vancouver, British Columbia

We have been working with two other organizations in the local Jewish community, Jewish Family Servicaes and Vancouver Talmud Torah, for at least two years now to create a major new project in the Jewish community on a piece of land that is part of the Beth Israel campus and currently leased long term to a local family foundation which has agreed to let it be used for a garden. It will provide Jewish environmental/sustainability/food/gardening education and experiences for clients of JFS, students/teachers/parents at VTT, and students/members/families. We are moving towards a start in the next couple of months for construction on the garden and it will be really beautiful and a great space for education and growing food for the community! -update February 2, 2023: we are putting into place the graden manager/educator who has been identified!

Hillel at the University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

We're gathering students from our sustainability club and pickling club to have an event learning about Ba'al tashchit and the role that sustainability has traditionally played in jewish cooking. We're bringing in a chef who specializes in jewish learning and cooking to teach students how to pickle and how to make a vegetarian flatbread.

B'nai Jeshurun

New York, New York

In an effort to reduce our community's purchasing and consumption of animal-based food and increase our plant-based food offerings, we have eliminated smoked salmon as a standard item offered during our weekly Kiddush offerings.

Adat Shalom Synagogue

Farmington Hills, Michigan

As a component of our immersive Israel playscape (grant through Hermelin-Davidson), we are building out a full size greenhouse and using drip irrigation and other conservation methods to teach about bringing greenery and food production to the Negev desert. Right now we are in the planning and development phases, and would like to use the funding to develop the curriculum and purchase supplies for this part of the project. However, due to such things as permits and board approvals along the way, it will likely not be functional until early next year.

Congregation Schara Tzedeck

Vancouver, British Columbia

We are planning on hosting a locally sourced vegan Shabbat dinner for the community that will be followed by a panel discussion on what we as both individuals and a community can do to make our lives eco-friendlier and more sustainable. We hope to have the Rabbi include something environment focused in his Shabbat drasha and potentially changing kiddush for the week to include more local products. We are also contemplating several other ideas to incorporate in the weekend.

Hillel Day School

Farmington Hills, Michigan

The Hillel Knesset will be comprised of a group of 15 students from grades 3-8. The Knesset will identify areas that they would like to strengthen within the school community. They will be focusing on Hillel's Core Values, which include Tikkun Olam (and other Jewish values). Within this focus, students will identify ways that the Hillel community can become a more green and environmentally aware community. They will discuss and propose initiatives to pursue within the school and beyond. Ultimately, they will choose an initiative that aligns with this core value to enact this school year. The Green Fund (funding by this mini-grant) would allow these students to have the resources necessary to implement their initiative. Examples of initiatives might include:inviting a speaker to educate students and staff on environmental issues, improving our waste and recycling system, sponsoring a school-wide audit to identify areas of improvement, sponsoring an environmental program in the school, or other green initiatives that the students are passionate about.

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.

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