These are some of the buzz words you have likely heard bantered about. But what does it mean to Be Green from a Jewish perspective? The Torah prohibits us from wasting resources. When we waste our resources, whether water, trees, air, food, clothing, or other materials, we are violating the commandment of Bal Tashchit (“Do Not Destroy”). When we waste resources, we destroy what G-d has given to us. Another way of approaching our impact on the world is recognizing that Being Green supports Tikkun Olam – Repairing Our World. If you believe in being green, either because of what is written in the Torah or you simply want to protect the environment, you can improve how we use our resources here at Beth El and in the community at large.
Sustainability at Beth El
Beth El has taken steps to reduce our carbon footprint and find new ways to promote environmental awareness and responsibility. We would love your input and help with additional ideas to keep Beth El moving forward! Read the history of the Greening of Beth El.
Recycling Paper – Beth El collects paper trash for recycling every day in the green receptacles in our parking lot (near the office). You can bring anything made out of paper here to be recycled, including your junk mail, newspapers and magazines. Not only will you help the environment, but proceeds paid to us by the recycler benefit Beth El!
Eco-Friendly Products – Whenever possible, Beth El uses eco-friendly products throughout the synagogue. This includes using biodegradable plates and utensils and informal gatherings and using eco-friendly soap products in our main rest areas.
How we can Improve Our Environmental Footprint?
Being Green At Home
Each community in the South Hills has different guidelines for helping environmental and recycling efforts. We hope you will read what your community is doing and become active participants in making your home green (even a ‘light shade’ of will help!). And don’t forget to contact us with any ideas you come across that might work here at Beth El!
Blessings are like a stop sign to remind us to slow down and thank God. Throughout the year in Bshul (cooking class) students have learned the blessings for every food group. I introduced the hand-washing blessing, Yadiim, and repeat it at the beginning of every cooking lesson. This keeps us holy and sanitary! For Shabbat…
Jenna’s Squad got crafty this month! First they decorated triangle-shaped Rice Krispie Treats for a gluten-free mishloach manot treat (see directions below.) Then they decorated masks with feathers and gems. This 7th grade group of girls is all ready for Purim! Ingredients Homemade Rice Krispie Treats cut into triangles Lollipop sticks 15 oz bar of…
In Bshul our students learn the basics about kashrut. Foods such as vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts and fish are considered pareve or neutral. When baking sweets for a chicken Dinner on Shabbat, margarine or oil is used to keep dairy and meat separate. My friend Ilene uses Crisco for baking, insisting it makes her pareve…