Green Team Initiative
The Mt. Sinai GreenTeam is committed to improving our own environmental impact and contributing to building a sustainable future.
We are proud to be participating in the Jewish Greening Fellowship which aims to mobilize meaningful responses to climate change that are motivated by Jewish values of stewardship. As a participant in this network of 55 congregations, JCCs, schools, and social service organizations, we are taking steps to improve our environmental impact and engage our community in Jewish environmental programs and education.
All participants in the Jewish Greening Fellowship commit to taking action in 4 areas:
- Engaging and educating the community
- Increasing energy efficiency
- Reducing waste and pollution, and increasing health and safety, in operations
- Making an ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship
We welcome your suggestions and feedback. Have ideas or want to get involved? Email GreenTeam@mtsinaishul.com
The Torah teaches us to care for the earth. It has been amazing to learn how much good we can do just by how we manage our own facility. Greening has had a huge impact on our organization and our community. – Oren Hiller, Executive Director
Mount Sinai's Greening Accomplishments Since 2012
EDUCATION: We are working to incorporate Jewish environmental education into our programming.
REDUCING WASTE: We have reduced the number of paper brochures that we publish and send to members by 50%. This adds up to 1 ton of paper diverted from the waste stream every year.
RECYCLING: By installing new containers and explanatory signs throughout are building, we have increased the amount of paper, metal, and glass we recycle.
ENERGY AUDIT: We obtained a free energy audit from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. So far we have replaced the lighting in our Main Sanctuary and the lower level. We have also installed Low-Flush toilets in the bathrooms on the lower level. We have also completed installation of solar panels on our roof.
REDUCING TOXINS: We are working to eliminate toxic cleaning products in order to provide a safer environment for the children in our early childhood center. We are working on eliminating the use of pesticides and herbicides on our grounds in order to be certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat.
JOIN THE GREEN TEAM
The Green Team leads our greening initiative. We hope to hold occasional meetings were we can learn about environmental issues and Jewish teachings. We will decide on projects that will benefit our organization and community, and enable us to put our Jewish values into action.
To become a member of the Green Team, Please email GreenTeam@mtsinaishul.com
Our greening initiative has been led by Oren Hiller with great enthusiasm and commitment.
"The information I am learning has had a great impact on me personally, and I have also been able to bring new and inspiring ideas back to our community. It is wonderful to be involved in such meaningful work and to know that I am helping to build a better future." – Dena Kapetansky, Greening Fellow and former MSJC staff
"When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it." (Deuteronomy 22:8)
"One generation goes and another generation comes; but the Earth remains forever." (Kohelet 1:4)
"It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it" (Pirkei Avot 2:21)
"It is a learning in reverse order. A learning that no longer starts from the Torah and leads into life, but the other way round: from life, from a world that knows nothing of the Law…back to the Torah." (Franz Rosenzweig, On Jewish Learning.