As the annual Tu b’Shevat festival takes place Feb. 6, the yearly observance—which some consider the Jewish Earth Day—was marked over the weekend by environmental events across Canada, from vegan Shabbat dinners to walks through parks.
But some synagogues and sites are embracing sustainable Judaism year-round: they’ve installed solar panels on their roofs, put LED lights in the sanctuary and stopped using paper plates at kiddush.
And in Vancouver, more than a dozen Jewish sites are really buying in, hoping to earn a “Seal of Sustainability.” On today’s The CJN Daily, Rabbi Shlomo Schachter of Schara Tzedeck Synagogue joins, along with Ariel Greene, head of the shul’s sustainability committee.
What we talked about:.
- Read more about Jewish Vancouver’s Hazon sustainability initiative
- Read Temple Beth Ora of Edmonton’s Kashruth policy
- More to this story: Synagogues are ditching the paper plates and installing solar panels as they make environmentally conscious choices
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