Eco Chavura

The exact meaning of Chavura is somewhat elusive in English, but many resources will tell you that the word is frequently translated as “fellowship.” Eco Chavura is a fellowship of Temple Sholom congregants working to create a sacred community of environmental stewards. Our ultimate goal is to develop “green” conscience for the community, which we initiated through participation in the …

Meatless Mondays: Skillet Mexican Brown Rice Casserole

I can take very little credit for this meal. A friend of mine found it, made it, and posted a photo of her version of this recipe last week on Instagram. It looked really delicious in her photo, and the directions looked easy enough, so I decided to give it a try for myself.

Meatless Monday:Spinach, Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes with Penne Rigate

When I first started writing these Meatless Monday posts I was not a vegetarian, but I wanted to begin to decrease the amount of meat that I was eating for various reasons. I thought that it would make me overall healthier, it was kinder for the environment, and was obviously better for the animals. It was never my intent or my goal to become a fulltime vegetarian.

Stumbling Upon a Good Thing: A Case for Recycling

A few weeks ago, Kendra Gerstein, the Religious School Director, and Marcos Higareda, our facilities engineer, approached me for guidance on what to do with the multitude of outdated computer and other electronic equipment stored in the Temple’s basement. In this age of seemingly planned obsolescence, these items were simply taking up vast amounts of space. Fortuitously, we stumbled across a business that made this purging a really positive experience.

Meatless Monday: Vegetable Soup

I love soup of all kinds, and it seemed like an obvious choice for dinner for us. The weather (while not as cold as it is today) was turning colder. What is better on a cold night than a warm bowl of soup? We picked up our favorite vegetables, two cans of crushed tomatoes, and one box vegetable broth and a soup was born. I doctored my bowl up by crumbling Ritz crackers over the top and adding parmesan cheese – but that it was certainly not a necessity.