Project Category: The Natural Environment

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.

Friendship Circle

West Bloomfield, Michigan

This summer we will be using compostable materials for our overnight summer camp. Throughout the course of the summer, we use hundreds of plates, cups, napkins and would like to switch to compostable materials for the first time in order to have less of an impact on the environment.

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.

Congregation Beth Ahm

West Bloomfield, Michigan

July 10th, 2022, a family pollinator event was held outdoors under the shelter of CBAHM's tent. Honey tasting, plant exchange, butterfly bath and seed bombs ( take-homes) and pollinator information.

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue & Kol Sasson Congregation

Skokie, Illinois

We planted perennial plants to attract pollinators.

Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit

West Bloomfield, Michigan

The Cancer Thriver's Network (CTN) hosted a zoom event for their group on March 27, 2022. The event was entitled, "Preparing your garden for Spring". This program was a modification of our original plans for the Hazon funds due to Covid complications. Twenty two women attended this zoom event where master gardener, Judy Front, educated them on a variety of topics such as: how to plant and upkeep the greenery at their homes, composting, no dig gardens, preparing seedlings as well as shared community resources for planting and composting. All participants who attended received a gift package that was mailed to their homes with items that correlated with event. The Cancer Thrivers Network program coordinator received positive feedback from the participants on this event and heard from a few that they would like to do an additional education event with even more information about composting. We appreciated Hazon providing the CTN with the name of a couple of potential speakers, once of which was Judy Front, who facilitated this zoom presentation.

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue & Kol Sasson Congregation

Skokie, Illinois

We hosted a park clean-up day as well as two nature hikes, one of which was a Tu B'Shvat hike.

Jewish Community Center of Chicago

Northbrook, Illinois

JCC rebuilt it's current garden at our Z Frank Apachi Day Camp in Northbrook, IL. This was done in partnership with Yachad, which serves adults with disabilities. The garden has been rebuilt and will be tended to year round from the early childhood program, camp program and young adults. The teaching from preparing the ground, planting and harvesting will benefit all of the groups and community at large.

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