Eco Chavura Environmental Initiatives

Temple Sholom’s environmentally conscious group, Eco Chavura, is dedicated to greening our sacred space through initiatives such as an expanded recycling program and composting.

In addition, Eco Chavura frequently engages in social justice environmental initiatives.

Recent Projects:

  • Lobbying in Springfield to ask legislators to support proposed environmental bills
  • Touring Pilsen to learn about environmental justice issues impacting the neighborhood
  • Participating in the climate change march, as the march came through Chicago on its way to the United Nations in New York City
  • Building awareness of the Petcoke (petroleum coke, which is a carbon byproduct of oil refining) issue and collecting signatures, and
  • Teaming up with Temple Sholom’s family group, Mishpacha, to clean up Montrose Beach.

Ongoing Projects:

  • Renovating, maintaining and expanding Gan Emunah (the Butterfly garden)
  • Championing composting at the synagogue, especially for Monday Meal and Gan Sholom
  • Hosting Winter Farmers Markets and educating the community about the benefit of eating local, organic foods
  • Encouraging energy efficiency improvements for the building
  • Looking for opportunities to educate congregation about intersection of tikkun olam (repairing the earth) and environmental protection
  • Helping to imbed environmental lessons into religious education curriculum

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