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!


  • In what ways is Congregation Emanu-El succeeding in creating environmental awareness among congregants?
  • From a Jewish perspective, why is being a good steward of the environment important?
  • What further steps can you take in your personal life to continue to address this need?
    For inquiries regarding any of the above, please contact Community Engagement Director Sandy Rechtschaffen at (415) 751-2541 x 177

Search Site:


© 2012 Congregation Emanu-El 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 751-2535
Fax: (415) 751-2511