April 23, 2014   23 Nisan 5774
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Environmental Issues  
Congregation Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster, Pennsylvania partnered with the local JCC to put on a benefit concert and evening of educational programming to respond to the 2010 Carmel fires in Israel.
Monthly social action activities for families with children grades K-3.
Cultivating produce on synagogue grounds to serve at a local soup kitchen.
Creation of a community garden to harvest and donate produce to area food banks.
Suggestions on making Sukkot celebrations environmentally friendly.
Visit a different social action website each night of Chanukah. Use these sites as a springboard for volunteer work and charitable giving.
Congregation holds Environmental Advocacy Forum.
A program to help youth understand and explore how their actions affect the environment and the world around them.
Fill your mishloach manot baskets with Fair Trade products and create a more just and sustainable world while enjoying tasty treats.
Annual gleaning project to provide fresh produce to area food banks.
Congregants had two choices for Shabbat worship (traditional service with an environmental theme or a musical family service), followed by a homemade dinner with local produce, optional breakout sessions on different environmental topics, and an expo with exhibits from community organizations, local energy conservation programs and the congregation’s committees.
Temple Beth Shaom in Santa Fe, NM has an on-going multifaceted program
Creation of a local interfaith day of service.
The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) presents educational resources on responsible energy use for Chanukah programming.
Hands-on service opportunities for families that include a strong educational component.
Congregation Emanu-el in San Francisco, CA created Project H.E.L.P.
After engaging in a study of kashrut and Jewish thought around eating, congregation forms CSA (community sustained agricultural) partnership with local farm.
Confirmation class presents a Shavuot meal, researching how and where it was harvested.
The Temple revamped its social action program and in doing so, motivated congregants to make commitments and contributions to social action at new unprecedented levels.
Conservation project to save trees, educate about conditions of farm workers and teach value of gleaning.
Congregation Har Shalom celebrated Tu BiShivat with a weekend of indoor and outdoor activities designed to connect congregants with the local environment and Jewish ecological values.
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