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Dorot is the United Synagogue’s own environmental initiative which has identified 3 primary objectives for the organisation.
Reduce carbon footprint
These objectives had further been broken down into 7 distinct projects:
Rewilding US land (cemeteries) and shul grounds
Planting trees – Norfolk project
Clean investments project
Green travel policy
Responsible food consumption
Hear its project manager, Naomi Verber, who recently addressed our Eco Team, discuss how Dorot fits with the Eco Synagogue initiative.
EcoJudaism promotes the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment across the Jewish Community in accordance with the principles of the Jewish faith.
EcoJudaism is a unique initiative which spans the whole UK Jewish community, with leadership from Trustee Rabbis from five different Jewish denominations. 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.
The Environment Audit looks at 5 areas:
Community (Synagogue) Management commitment to this pathway
Prayer & Teaching
Land, Buildings & Consumables
Community & Global Engagement.
Northwood has already been granted Eco Judaism’s Silveraward and we are now striving to make further improvements to our 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.