what makes a synagogue green?

published on: 27-03-2012

what makes a synagogue green?

A green synagogue strives to:

  •   conserve resources in its activities and in the maintenance of its building.
  •  develop an inviting outdoor space for secure play and inspiring learning.
  •  be accessible to people with disabilities.
  •   engage in study of social-environmental issues, in theory and in practice.
  • serve as a model of how humans take responsibility for G-d’s Creation.

As deputy director of the Council for a Beautiful Israel, Weitzman Mashiach, expresses:

The contest has generated interest from a number of prominent religious leaders and educators in Israel.  HaRav Yisrael Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and former Chief Rabbi of Israel, will preside over the evaluation committee.  The co-chair of the committee will be Professor Zechariah Madar, the head scientist of the Ministry of Education.  The Association of Religious Councils in Israel will call upon religious councils throughout the country to actively recruit synagogues for the competition.



How can you get involved?

Teva Ivri is happy to provide guidance to any community in Israel looking to “go green.”  We also invite Jewish communities from abroad to support their Israeli counterparts as they take on more environmental responsibility.

For more information on how to integrate sustainability values into your synagogue, or to share your synagogue’s “greening” experience, contact info@tevaivri.org.il.

Contest winners will be announced in October 2012 during Teva Ivri’s annual Shabbat Noach (Sustainability Shabbat) celebrations.