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CHECK OUT JEI'S BLOG "PLANET JEWISH"
 http://www.JewishinStLouis.org/PlanetJewish

JOIN JEI AT ITS NEXT EVENT: Greening Your Community: Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time

WHEN: Tuesday September 20, 2016

WHERE: The Ethical Society of Saint Louis, 9001 Clayton Road St. Louis MO 63117

TIME: 7:00 to 9:00 PM

FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY BUT REGISTRATION REQUIRED AT http://bit.ly/Garden092016

Join JEI, Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the U.S. Green Buildings Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter, for a discussion on how gardens can be used as a tool to care for our planet, help communities in need and address climate change. Keynote speakers are meteorologist Mike Roberts and the Sweet Potato Project's Sylvester Brown, Jr. (shown below). The follow-up panel speakers include Dr. KB Frazier of Cultivating Justice, Chris Hartley of the Butterfly House and Matt Schindler of Gateway Greening. The moderator will be Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager of the Missouri Botanical Garden's EarthWays Center. Contact Gail Wechsler at 314-442-3894 or gwechsler@jcrcstl.org for more information.

 

 

CARDINALS GREEN TEAM EVENT A SUCCESS

Thanks to all you came out on June 12 for a fun night at the ballpartk to help the St. Louis Cardinals Green Team! The Cards won in an exciting game and our volunteers collected lots of bags of plastic and metal cans and bottles, keeping them out of landfills. Below is a photo from the event.

 

NATIVE LANDSCAPING FOR YOUR HOME EVENT A SUCCESS

On Wednesday February 24, close to 40 JEI members and friends heard Tracy Boaz from the Missouri Department of Conservation provide the basics on how to make your garden more eco-friendly Through photos and discussion, Boaz provided information on how to get started to create a native garden and how to maintain native varieites over time. A photo from the event is below.

 

2016 TU B'SHEVAT SEDER HELD JANUARY 24

Members of the Jewish Environmental Initiative, their family and friends attended this year's Tu B'Shevat Seder on Sunday January 24. Tu B'Shevat celebrates the New Year of the Trees. Rabbi Randy Fleisher of Central Reform Congregation led the Seder.

 

PROJECT NOAH COMMUNITY EVENT A SUCCESS

On Sunday October 18, JEI members and members of Rabbi Randy Fleisher's 7th Grade Class at Central Reform Congregation participated in JEI's annual community event for "Project Noah: A Week for the Environment." The event took place at the Jewish Community Center's "Garden of Eden." Participants took a tour and learned more about the garden, which grows fresh vegetables to benefit the clients of the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. Then those attending harvested, cleaned and weighed sweet potatoes and built a cold frame to store food for the winter months. Over 240 pounds of sweet potatoes were picked, weighed and made ready for storage. Below are a a few pictures from the day.

OVER 160 PEOPLE ATTEND "MAKE A BIGGER DIFFERENCE" PROGRAM

On Tuesday August 25, JEI co-sponsored the program "Make a Bigger Difference: Environmental Action for Your Life, Your Home and Your House of Worship" with Missouri Interfaith Power & Light and the US Green Buildings Council, Missouri Gateway Chapter. Keynote speaker Don Corrigan, Professor of Media Law and Global and Environmental Journalism at Webster University, gave an overview of environmental issues facing Missouri and urged attendees to become educators, innovators and advocates for the environment. Following the keynote address, there were two concurrent breakout sessions on Greening Your House of Worship and Greening Your Life and Community. There also was a call to action on ways to alleviate climate change in our region and beyond.

Below are some photos from the event. For more information about how you can get involved, contact JEI at 314-442-3894 or gwechsler@jcrcstl.org.

Don Corrigan addresses the audience on ways to address the environmental issues facing our state and beyond

Rabbi Brad Horwitz of the Jewish Community Center discusses the Clean Power Plan and gives a call to action on climate change

Members of the planning committee from JEI, MO IPL and the US Green Building Council with keynote speaker Don Corrigan

JEI MEMBERS TOUR LEED CERTIFIED HOME ON JUNE 16

On June 16, 2015 JEI members toured the Creve Coeur home of Cantor Howard and Cara Shalowitz. The home is a LEED Certified Green Home with many features that greatly reduce its energy footprint. The Shalowitz home includes extensive use of solar and geothermal heating and cooling, as well as design features that focus on energy reduction. A few pictures from the event are shown below.

 

JEI PARTICIPATES AT UH GREEN FAIR

JEI Steering Committee Members Adam Spielberg and Louise Levine, along with JEI Staff Person Gail Wechsler, attended the May 18 Green Fair at United Hebrew Congregation on behalf of JEI. Participants visiting the JEI table learned more about the work of JEI and also tested examples of homemade cleaning products and personal care products.

 

Encourage Your Congregation or Organization to Use
Recycling on the Go

The Jewish Environmental Initiative has a new subcommittee focused on making Jewish events in Saint Louis more eco-friendly through increased recycling and less waste. If you are helping to organize an event in the Jewish community and would like more information, contact Gail Wechsler at gwechsler@jcrcstl.org or 314-442-3894.

 


JEWISH COMMUNITY GARDEN SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Garden of Eden

For many people who need to use the Jewish Food Pantry the idea of getting fresh vegetables is only a dream.  The pantry’s shelves are stocked with boxes of macaroni and cheese and cans of soup, not fresh vegetables.  The Garden of Eden was built to change this.  Located on the northeast side of the Staenberg Arts & Education Building on the
I. E. Millstone Jewish Community Campus, the garden is flourishing.

The JCC and the Union for Reform Judaism have partnered to build a garden on the grounds of the J. JEI will be assisting with educational activities related to the garden.  The garden will be tended by individuals from Covenant Chai Apartments and the general Jewish community.  Led by Myra Rosenthal, Alan Raymond, Linda Kram and Lesley Levin, volunteers have planted squash, cucumbers, radishes, peppers and tomatoes to name a few of the vegetables that will be shared with the food pantry.

All members of the community are invited to come and tend the garden.  Volunteer hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm and on Sundays from 10:00am-Noon.  Volunteers should call ahead to schedule a time to help in the garden.

For reservation or other information please contact Myra Rosenthal at 314-567-7468 or myrasue@sbcglobal.net.


Alan Raymond and Myra Rosenthal at the new
Jewish Community Garden at the Staenberg Arts
& Education Complex of the JCC

  

 

 

Community Resources for Project Noah—There are many ways that synagogues, day schools and others in the Jewish community can do more to protect the environment.  Below are materials that offer a variety of ways you can increase your awareness and act to better protect the planet:

Eco-Friendly Educational Ideas for All Ages

Green Tsuvah Survey for Teens

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Simcha

         
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For more information contact Gail Wechsler (314) 442-3894 or gwechsler@jcrcstl.org.

As Jews, we are commanded to preserve and restore God's wondrous creation - the Earth! The Biblical injunction, b'al tashit, is a prohibition against wasting resources. the concept of tikkun olam mandates that we repair the world.

"Do not destroy and desolate My world, for if you corrupt it, there is no one to set it right after you."
Midrash Ecclesiates Rabbah 7:13

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