Project Category: Food Choices

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.

The Fresh Air Society

Ortonville, Michigan

In the first phase of funding for Camp Kennedy in the Upper Peninsula, we will be purchasing a bear proof composting bin, and reusable plastic bags for backcountry trips. This will enable us to compost our food scraps, and reduce our single use plastic.

Jewish Family Services Agency of Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia

We moved our meals to plant-based and parve; both for Kitchen meals served to clients and internal meetings and gatherings within the agency.

Richmond Jewish Day School

Richmond, British Columbia

Every week JFS provides a healthy plant-based lunch for all of our students. Once a month our upper-grade students prepare and cook a plant-based lunch for the entire school while learning about food security, healthy eating and kitchen skills.

Edlavitch DCJCC

Washington, DC,

The Green team identifies several ways the institution can become greener in our day-to-day actions in 2022. -switch to compostable and fair trade keurig pods for staff coffee -switch to compostable disposable plateware and silverware -add "these come from trees" stickers to paper towel dispensers -add new video monitored bike rack in front of building for secure bike parking -write up and circulate a green team one-pager for new staff

Vancouver Talmud Torah

Vancouver, British Columbia

Our after-school care program sent an email home asking parents to send a reusable cup and bowl or plate with their child for shared snacks from communal packages or platters. This reduces singular packaged food items and plateware waste. It has been well received by the community.

Congregation Beth Ahm

West Bloomfield, Michigan

The GT will be hosting a variety of educational and participatory events over a 2-3 month span of time focusing on food waste awareness. Potential topics include composting with a trial, food preservation hands-on presentation, educational topics of interest via email/video. Plan to present and complete in Fall of 2022.

Yad Ezra

berkley, Michigan

We need to mulch the gardens and paths of our Genesis garden that is in partnership with Our Lady of La Salette Church. This will decrease our water usage, help limit the amount of weeds that grow and have to be dealt with, and also help the accessibility of our gardens and the ease of knowing where to walk and locations of pathways.

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