Jewish Energy Guide: Making your Synagogue a Green Holy Place
By Rabbi Lawrence Troster
Summary: Synagogues are important community spaces, but also important spaces for demonstrating a commitment to environmental values. Rabbi Lawrence Troster, the rabbinic director at J Street, provides detailed instructions on how to green your synagogue.
It is often the case that many religious communities have an initial burst of environmental programming that is often followed by a long period of inactivity. While all institutions need time to rest after launching a new initiative, the religious institutions that enjoy the most environmental success are the ones that demonstrate persistence, and that are disciplined and intentional about working their environmental plan.
There are several things you can do to help your synagogue build environmental momentum. Your Green Team can set a regular meeting date every four to six weeks to identify new activities and assess your progress. You can provide an article or an eco-tip for your congregation’s newsletter. You can meet with environmental leaders from your area, building important relationships. Persistence pays off, so work hard and you will succeed.