Questions? please contact Community Engagement Director Sandy Rechtschaffen at (415) 751-2541 x 177

Social Justice Issue

The number of Americans who recycle grew only 1 – 2% from 2000 – 2005 and did not grow at all in 2006. 37% of the world's cars are on American roads. 70% of the drinking water in California is used to irrigate crops.


Jewish Response to the Environment

"When God created Adam, he showed him all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said to him, "See my works, how lovely they are, how fine they are, all that I have created, I created for you. Think upon this and do not corrupt and devastate my world, for if you corrupt it, no one will come after you to put it right." (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:28)

"A group of people was traveling in a boat. One of them took a drill and began to drill a hole beneath his seat. His companions said to him, Why are you doing this?" The man replied, "What concern is it of yours? I am only drilling under my own place?"  They replied to him, "But if you continue, you will flood the boat for us all!" (Midrash Leviticus Rabbah 4:6)


    • Green Your Celebration - greening your Simcha at Temple Emanu-El
      There are many ways to reduce the environmental impact and carbon footprint of your celebration at Temple Emanu-El. This brochure provides suggestions for making your event kind to the planet while creating a festive and meaningful celebration. Make a lasting impression on your guests... not on the earth!
    • Drop Off Your Gently Used Clothing at the Temple Entrance on Arguello
      St. Anthony Foundation's Free Clothing Program is San Francisco's largest free clothing program, providing warm clothes, interview or employment apparel, and children's clothing to homeless and low-income families and individuals five days a week. This program provides free like-new clothing to 29,000 men, women and children each year. St Anthony's Barrels are now be at the Arguello entrance year-round for your convenience (next to the SF Food Bank barrels). Start cleaning out your closets!

Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

Surfrider FoundationCandlestick Point Eco-Stewards

Volunteers like you make a tangible and lasting impact on the land and community, and are absolutely critical to advancing this restoration and community development. Standing work days at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area Native Plant Nursery and Community Garden are the first and second Saturday and fourth Friday of every month. Wear appropriate clothing; gloves and tools provided. All ages welcome. 

Learn more

Questions? Contact Anthony Khalil at anthony.khalil@lejyouth.org or call (415) 240-0984.

Alemany FarmGet Your Hands Dirty at Alemany Farm

700 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco
First and third Sunday of each month and Saturdays in-between, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wedged between the whir of traffic on Alemany Boulevard and the homes of Bernal Heights is a little-known, 4 1/2-acre plot of land on the forefront of the nation's urban farm movement called Alemany Farm. Everyone, young or old, experienced or still learning, is welcome to join these community workdays.

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Surfrider FoundationSurfrider Beach Cleanups

Ocean Beach and Baker Beach, 10:00 am - noon, unless otherwise noted

San Francisco Surfrider hosts multiple beach cleanups each month at Ocean Beach and Baker Beach. Volunteers are their greatest asset. And all you have to do is show up! Gloves, buckets, and grabbers are provided. No advance registration required. Come on down and help save the beach! Note: rain cancels clean-ups.

Learn More and see full calendar of dates at Surfrider


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