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Green Program BankAre you looking for "green" programs for your congregation, youth group, religious school or community? Check out some of our best environmental programs from the Religious Action Center, NFTY, Communicate! and more.


Greening RJ/GreenFaith Pilot Program
The Union for Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center are proud to partner with GreenFaith for the Greening Reform Judaism Pilot Program. Throughout this two-year program, eight New Jersey congregations will complete GreenFaith's Certification Program, which will enable these congregations to become leaders in the Reform Movement's greening efforts and mentor others engaged in stewardship and environmental justice activities. Track their progress today!
Religious Action Center's Environmental Program Bank

Environmental Programs from NFTY's Program Bank:
  • Ecology in Action (3.73 MB) Participants are divided up into lobbyists and legislature to learn about lobbying for environmental regulations.

  • Environmental Education Program (189.95 KB) A program intended to provide a very basic environmental education on topics including: pollution, ozone, endangered species and recycling.

  • Introduction to Environmental Lobbying (237.06 KB) A comprehensive program to learn about different environmental organizations and the obstacles against regulations.

  • SCOOBY Tree Program (218.11 KB) A Tu BiSh'vat program all about Trees!

  • R-E-C-Y-C-L-E, RECYCLE, RECYCLE (325.12 KB) Teaches participants about the importance of recycling as they decorate recycling bins.

Environmental Programs from Communicate!
  • Eco-Expo, An Environmental Fair:  Hold an environmental fair, complete with “green” exhibitors, eco-focused art and “green” prizes.
  • Green Team: Congregation was challenged by the rabbi to raise environmental awareness and promote participation in greening efforts amongst congregants.
  • Global Warming: A Forum: Opportunity to educate your community and show them how to advocate on pressing environmental issues.
  • Adopt a Highway: Pick up litter with your local Department of Transportation. 
  • Recycle Monster: Religious school classes can build a large container "monster" where individuals can deposit recyclable cans and bottles.
  • Sukkot Family Outing: Host an outdoor study session on a theme related to Sukkot and the Environment for the adults and teenagers.
  • Atzim Chayim: On or near Earth Day, plant trees on your congregation's property in honor of different members of your community.
  • Green Sanctuary: Congregations can become environmental education centers.
  • Environment as an Ethical Issue: Host a panel of environmental professionals.

COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life) Program Bank


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


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