Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council member Laura Pallin and Congregant Joel Kassiola
The Environment Working Group aims to make the Temple’s operations carbon neutral and will focus activities around water, our precious resource amidst the state’s multi-year drought. Keep reading for more information.
To get involved, please fill out the Tzedek Council Volunteer Form.
Questions? Please contact Monica Pevzner at email@example.com (415) 751-2541 x 124
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.
“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)
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Tennessee Valley Trailhead, Marin
Co-sponsored by the Congregation Emanu-El Tzedek Council Environmental Working Group
Calling all nature lovers!
Partake in this exciting Shabbat alternative of a hike along with Rabbi Sydney Mintz in Tennessee Valley. Explore your spirituality in a new way!
Dress in comfortable clothes, walking shoes, and bring along any needed water and/or snacks for yourself.
This hike is appropriate for all who are able to comfortably hike on a trail.
Volunteer Opportunity at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
Date: Sunday, March 19th
Time: 8:45 am – Noon
Location: Register for exact location/meeting place
We invite our members of Congregation Emanu-El to team up with the SF Botanical Garden’s Green Team on a Sunday morning! Give a few hours of your time, learn about the Garden, and gain new skills. Share your love for the environment, make new friends, and take care of an urban space that serves thousands of children and their families every year.
Water Talk – Celebrate World Water Day at Emanu-El!
Making the Desert Bloom—How Israel’s Water Expertise is a Model for California and the World
Featuring: Seth Siegel and Aaron Tartakovsky
Date: Thursday, March 23rd
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Congregation Emanu-El
Join us for a one-of-a-kind chance to hear directly from Seth Siegel, activist and NY Times bestselling author of Let There Be Water, and Congregation Emanu-El’s Aaron Tartakovsky, co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec and co-founder of the Israel-California Greentech Partnership.
Israel offers a story of inspiration for the current moment here in California. Facing a similar situation, its leaders took the courageous decision to create a system immune to drought. The unique way that Israel thinks about and manages its water offers an alternative model for California and others facing water scarcity issues.
This program is in partnership with the Environmental Working Group of Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council and is co-sponsored by the American Technion Society.
Registration will close on March 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Blessing of the Animals & Hike
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Emanu-El Courtyard and Hike in the Presidio
Check back for more info and registration.
Greening Our Facilities
This working group aims to make the Temple’s operations carbon neutral by building on substantial progress to date, including nearly zero-waste Temple events and meetings, reduced water use through installing sink aerators, and more efficient lighting and equipment throughout the Temple’s building. The group is working with the Temple Facilities staff and the San Francisco Department of Environment to become the City’s first house of worship to be awarded the prestigious Green Business Certification.
Preserving our precious resource: water
California is still in the middle of the state of emergency from the multi-year drought, despite the rain received from the past year’s El Nino effect. There is much more that all congregants can do at the temple, at home, and in the community regarding preserving the vital resource of water. In addition to having an information table at Friday night Shabbat services in honor of Earth Day (April 22, 2016), this working group will be organizing future activities regarding water justice and preservation so that congregants can learn more and get involved in these important efforts to improve our environment as it pertains to the broad issue of water supply.