Oseh Shalom is committed to environmental justice. That work starts at our synagogue home. Our campus includes two rain gardens, a pollinator garden, biblical garden, more than a 100 trees and two vibrant courtyards outside our Sanctuary, opening onto our Social Hall and Foyer. We are letting some of campus go wild to better support local wildlife and pollinators. We have replaced all our lightbulbs with energy efficient LEDs and have extensive natural light with skylights in our Social Hall and a domed Sanctuary.
We also have an active group working to bring environmental justice to our nearby community and throughout the area. We actively work to reduce climate change in large and small ways both in our building and in our homes and workplaces. Wondering why Jews care about this kind of work? Check out this short, award winning video from the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish, Faith and Land, featuring Rabbi Daria and other Jewish leaders.
This past year, 5782/2021-22, we were able to expand our connection to the natural world. Through a Sacred Grounds grant, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and other groups. In addition, we welcomed Faryn Borella, a 4th year student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College as Oseh’s first Rabbinic Eco-Intern. Interested in getting outdoors more? Check our calendar and enews for local walks and other opportunities. Watch for the Oseh Shalom Camping Trip later this year!