What do you do if you can’t make it to NYC for a huge Climate Change march, but want to feel connected to the cause and do your part to raise your voice? Go local!
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Director, and Marcos Higareda, our facilities engineer, approached me for guidance on what to do with the multitude of outdated computer and other electronic equipment stored in the Temple’s basement.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.
One the greatest of Jewish philosophers, Saadia Gaon, once listed ten reasons for the sounding of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.
When Eco Chavura was first formed, we conducted a survey with respect to the top issues at the temple that members thought we should address. The number one response: RECYCLING; and for understandable reasons. For years, although the Temple may have had blue bins placed randomly in different areas within the building, there were no signage indicating what could go in them. Exacerbating the situation was the fact that if one came upon a blue bin and there was no accompanying trash bin, people simply threw their trash in the recycling bin. What does that do? It contaminates the recycling bin’s integrity and everything ends up going to the landfill. Landfills are BAD!