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Do not separate yourself from the community
(Pirkei Avot, 2:5)

One of the best ways to learn is from the successes of others. Read success stories of URJ congregations and share yours, find funding information, holiday guides and other relevant resources. Email greening@urj.org to add your program.

URJ Camps and Congregations Go Green!
Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MDCheck out all the innovative ways URJ Camps and congregations are going green. From bringing trees in to the sanctuary to planting community gardens, this interesting and instructive slide show will give you myriad ways to green your community!
URJ Grant Supports GreenFaith Pilot Program
GreenFaith PilotEight New Jersey Congregations Get Green!
The URJ and the RAC have teamed with GreenFaith for the Greening Reform Judaism Pilot Program. Eight congregations will complete their certification over a two-year period. Learn more and stay up to date on their progress.
Just Table, Green Table

At the 2009 Biennial, Rabbi Yoffie called for a commitment to ethical eating, asking synagogue leaders to "carefully, thoughtfully, Jewishly" formulate new eating guidelines for their communities. Download resources and program guides for developing new food policies, planting community gardens, and educating membership about righteous, healthy eating. More

In This Section:

Forming a Green Team
Interested in "greening" your synagogue but don't know where to start? Create a Green Team/Green Committee to take charge.

Educational Materials
Educate your community on environmental issues.

Congregational Best Practices
Our list of tried-and-true congregational environmental efforts.

Greening RJ/GreenFaith Pilot Program
Throughout this two-year program, eight New Jersey congregations will complete GreenFaith's Certification Program. Learn about participants and track their progress! 

Program Bank
Environmental programs for your congregation, youth group, religious school or community.

Holiday Guides
Green your holidays with our holiday guides!

URJ Resources & Publications

Green and Just Celebrations
  • A Purchasing Guide for Green and Just Celebrations
    Jews United for Justice has created a booklet with specific suggestions for how families can make purchasing choices for their special day in ways that are mindful of their effect on the environment and workers' rights.
  • Commission on Social Action Holiday Guide
    Brought to you by the Religious Action Center, this guide provides all the resources you need to make Tu BiSh'vat a green holiday, including a model Tu BiSh'vat seder.
  • Fair Trade Mishloach Manot Baskets
    Check out this great ideas from the RAC to fill your Mishloach Manot Baskets with Fair Trade products and create a more just and sustainable world while enjoying tasty treats!
  • Sustaining the Light: Green Programming for Chanukah
    The Reform Movement is going green this year and Chanukah is the perfect time to get involved! As we face unprecedented energy and environmental challenges, Chanukah - with its theme of light in the midst of winter - lends itself to thoughts of energy conservation and environmental stewardship. Find ideas to green your gift giving, congregational Chanukah program and more with our new guide for a greener Chanukah.
 
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