Posts Tagged: environment

A Rabbi and an Organic Farmer Trade Jobs



A rabbi and a farmer meet in a coffee shop. Both are named Daniel. The rabbi says to the farmer, “What if we traded jobs for a day?” One year later, they traded jobs, and this is what they learned: Rabbi Daniel: Every day is an adventure for a rabbi! Last week, I ventured out […]

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Becoming a GreenFaith Sanctuary



How “green” has your synagogue gone? Here’s a checklist – what can you find and where can you improve? ___ Our light fixtures have been switched from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent (CFL) (HINT: Don’t forget to check the Ner Tamid!) ___ Copies for our meetings, classes and religious school are always double-sided. ___ […]

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B’nai Mitzvah Invitations: To Print or Not to Print?



by Alix Brown As a photographer and lover of anything on paper – much less a book! – I suffer from a constant barrage on my conscious of satisfying this love with wanting to care for the environment. I grew up surrounded by art and books, and like my husband and I  husband when we […]

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Two Years After the Spill: Much Accomplished, Much to Do



April 20, 2010, began as an ordinary day for residents of the Gulf Coast. Fishermen woke up early to head out for the daily catch, and news outlets reported on the perils of the U.S. economy. Outside, the skies were overcast with temperatures in the high 60s, standard conditions before summer’s suffocating humidity settled in. […]

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Webinar Recap: Get Out & Garden Today



The weather was perfect yesterday in Washington, D.C.: sunny skies, a warm breeze, and budding tulips and cherry blossoms everywhere you go.  Nature is slowly emerging from the darkness of winter.  I can’t help but think about how Passover, celebrating the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and the shackles of slavery thousands of years ago, […]

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Tu BiSh’vat: Resources



by Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber In a few weeks we will be celebrating Tu BiSh’vat, on February 8. There are numerous approaches you could take in planning your celebration. Today’s 10 Minutes of Torah will provide a variety of resources to consider in your planning. The Union’s site has an extensive holiday page. The information […]

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A Sustainable Chanukah



by Rabbi Rick Schechter “A great miracle happened there,” we say, as we spin the Chanukah dreidel each year while eating latkes fried in oil. But what was “the miracle” of Chanukah? Our tradition recounts more than one. The first miracle is that a small band of Jews defeated the more powerful Syrian army in […]

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#URJBiennial: Food, Glorious Food!



These days, when it seems like our food choices are unlimited—organic, seasonal, (eco)-Kosher and more—how do we as Reform Jews turn to our tradition and values for help? Panelists and participants tackled this question at “Food, Glorious Food!”, a learning session held earlier today here at the URJ Biennialin National Harbor, MD. Several dozen participants […]

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Wake up and Smell the Kale: Former NFTY President Farms for Justice



by Aliza Slavin Gazek “What’swrong with your elbow?” an eight-year old asked during Camp UrbanAdamah, a Berkeley day camp that explores Judaism and the environment.Struggling for a good view of this hard-to-see part of my body, Iyielded to another camper, who responded, “She’s a farmer!” It was thenthat I learned the necessity of scrubbing my […]

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A Commitment to Stewardship



from the Green TeamTemple Sharey Tefilo Israel, South Orange, NJ Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel (TSTI) is one of eight Reform synagogues that became involved in the GreenFaith Certification programstarting in May, 2010. With support from the URJ and the RAC, wecommitted to a rigorous two-year program that would help our synagoguebecome more environmentally aware and […]

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TEVA Major Spotlight: The Relationship Between Judaism and the Environment



by Elaina Marshalek, TEVA Major TeacherURJ Kutz Camp (originally posted on Kutz blog) Teva,in Hebrew, directly translates to the word “nature,” but if you askedthe members of the Kutz Teva major what it means, they would express anumber of different interpretations of the word. In this program, wehave broken down the barriers between space that […]

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I Fracking Love Camp



by dcc(originally published on Jewschool) dcc seen at age 10 My first year at camp as a kid was great: Sports, Arts and Crafts, Lake Front, Advanced Swimming and, of course, the coveted first dance with a girl. All of this was set against the bucolic setting of the NJ-YMHA-YWHA Jr. camp, Camp Nah-Jee-Wah. Two […]

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Jews Eating Well – Not as Obvious as it May Seem!



By Rachel Cohen(originally posted on RACblog) The old axiom of Jewish holidays, “they tried to kill us, we survived,let’s eat!” isn’t so simple these days, as Jewish communities acrossNorth America work to redefine “Jewish food justice” through local,national and global efforts. Synagogues, JCCs and Jewish non-profitshave long led efforts to fight poverty by feeding those […]

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Our Moral Imperative to Be “Green:” Must We LEED to be Environmental Leaders?



by Judith Erger Westchester Reform Temple, under the direction of Rabbi Richard Jacobs, has recently been awarded the LEED® Silver certification for its new Sanctuary and Social Hall designed by Rogers Marvel Architects. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). […]

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