The mission of the “Green Chevra” is to work with the congregation to develop an environmentally sustainable synagogue, community, country, and world, guided by Jewish values.
We put our mission into action by bringing extra food after synagogue events to shelters for distribution to those who need it, and we aspire to divert food scraps to composting, encouraging the municipality to facilitate that.
We encourage connection with our natural environment through hikes and connection with native plantings through films, presentations, the annual Tu b’Shevat celebration and online sharing events.
We aspire to free our functions from wasting energy and plastic:
- Eliminate food waste in the synagogue and at members’ homes through food scrape composting via the municipality.
- Help the synagogue to accomplish heating and cooling without use of fossil fuels
- Inspire and inform congregants to use their investments effectively for Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), or as Rabbi Arthur Waskow put it, MOM&POP, Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet!
Contact Judy Zingher if you’d like to get involved.
What the Green Chevra has done and continues to do:
- Encouraged BAS to subscribe to Community Solar through Sustainable Westchester
- Ran an enjoyable and educational Gardening Gabfest in the spring and summer where congregants shared their extensive experience with gardens
- When possible, collects leftover food from Shabbat Kiddush to donate to the Open Arms shelter
- Oversees recycling of plastics at Shabbat kiddushes and Judaica Craft Show
- Offers educational programs on topics such as plastics and the environment, renewable energy in the US and Israel, and climate change
- Presents annual Tu B’Shevat seders, linking Jewish spiritual traditions to environmental concerns
- Accompanies BAS members to environmental demonstrations such as the People’s Climate March
- Works with BAS administration to make sure the synagogue building follows best environmental practices