EcoJudaism is designed to provide a practical and simple roadmap for synagogues
EcoJudaism is a unique initiative which spans the whole UK Jewish community, with leadership from Trustee Rabbis from five different denominations, representing the United Synagogue, Masorti Judaism, The Movement for Reform Judaism, Liberal Judaism and the S&P Sephardi Community. EcoJudaism’s aim is to move the UK Jewish community from bal tashchit – don’t waste and don’t destroy – to tikkun olam – saving the planet for future generations.
EcoJudaism has seven activity streams, including their online Environmental Audit for Synagogues, a holistic approach to giving communities a framework for improving their environmental knowledge, sustainability, and working towards net zero. If you are not yet a registered community with EcoJudaism, join now to set your community on track! Email email@example.com for more details.
The Environment Audit looks at 5 areas:
- Community (Synagogue) Management commitment to this pathway.
- Prayer & Teaching
- Land, Buildings & Consumables
- Community & Global Engagement.
We invite you to assess what you are currently doing, and then we give you a pathway to take control (with resources continuously being added & ongoing support) to improve your community’s relationship with its environment, as a building, a community, as individuals and as part of a wider conversation on this important topic.
The Torah tells us that we are trustees of God’s creation and it is our responsibility, as communities and individuals to protect our planet and leave it to our children and grandchildren in a state of wholeness and health.
With the shoots of a “green recovery” in sight, let’s get our worship places ready and the UK Jewish Community engaged and put us all on a pathway to a better relationship with the world around us, starting with the way we pray, govern, learn, socialise and advocate in our own Shuls.
The EcoJudaism Team
Chair of Trustees
Rabbi Jeff Berger
Rabbi, Wembley Sephardi Synagogue, S&P Sephardi Community
Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Senior Rabbi, Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue
Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich
Rabbi, Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Senior Rabbi, New North London Masorti Synagogue
Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg
Senior Rabbi, Woodford Forest United Synagogue
Director of Operations