Earth Day Treats

Bring back childhood with cup o' dirt and ants on a log.
Food & Wine Editor

Today is Earth Day, the annual celebration and honoring of the environment, when we examine the ways in which mankind could help our planet for future generations. As a kid, Earth Day was also about delicious snacks. My favorite ones, which I still eat occasionally, are cup o' dirt (sometimes known as mud pie without the crust) and ants on a log.

Celebrate earth day with ants on a log! Fotolia

Aftermath of a Wildfire: JNF And Environmentalists - Don’t Plant A Tree

Israeli forest experts argue for letting nature run its course in the Carmel.
Israel Correspondent

Beit Oren, Israel — As Israel’s largest fire in history devoured thousands of acres of the Carmel, Jewish National Fund Chairman Effie Stenzler vowed to sponsor a week of tree planting to replace the millions consumed by the blaze.

But as environmental officials begin plotting the reforestation of the Carmel, there’s a consensus among Israeli forest experts that the symbolic ritual of tree planting should be avoided in order to let nature take its course.

Should nature take its course after devastating fire?

Jewish Groups Fight Repeal of Clean Energy Law in Calif.


(JTA) -- A coalition of Jewish organizations in California is waging a campaign against a ballot proposition they say would hurt efforts to wean the United States off foreign oil.

Proposition 23 effectively would repeal the Global Warming Solutions Act, a California law that established a timetable to bring the state in line with environmental standards set in the Kyoto Protocol. While the United States is not party to that treaty, California has sought to go beyond U.S. requirements and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.

Farm-To-Table Ethos Grows At New Camp

Eden Village melds eco and Jewish values, and has campers saying, ‘Pass the zucchini.’
Associate Editor


At Eden Village Camp, a brand-new Jewish sleep-away camp in Putnam Valley, 50 miles north of Manhattan, the children are actually clamoring to eat their vegetables.


On a recent hot and muggy Wednesday, while approximately 40 campers ranging in age from 8 to 17 listened eagerly from the long dining hall tables, a counselor announced the lunch menu: eggplant and summer squash, fresh from the camp’s own farm and stuffed with polenta, quinoa, lentils, feta cheese and pickled Swiss chard, along with a green salad.

Blessed is the fruit of the earth: At Eden Village, campers help grow much of the food.  courtesy of Eden Village Camp.

Rabbis Draw Lessons From Spill

Staff Writer

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld spent a few days around fishermen near the Gulf of Mexico last week and thought of the Israelites in the Sinai Desert.

Rabbi Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, was part of a 12-member, interfaith clergy group that toured the Gulf Coast area for 2½ days under the auspices of the Sierra Club and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life.

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, second from left (obscured), with other clergy in the Gulf.

UJA-Fed. Goes Green

Task force reducing agency’s carbon footprint at offices as well as network agencies.
Editorial Intern

These days the UJA-Federation of New York is trying to make less of an impact — on the environment, that is.
The charity launched a Greening Initiative last week, working to bring environmentally friendly changes to its own offices, and to encourage network organizations to follow suit.
Almost every aspect of operations in the organization’s Manhattan office building, as well as in its beneficiary agencies, has been turned upside down to see how it can be made more Earth-friendly.

Demand Clean Energy


We do face a conundrum in responding to the BP oil spill, but it is not that there are no good alternatives to fossil fuels (“Oil Spill Reveals Crude Conundrum,” Editorial, May 28). The real conundrum is how to rouse the public to demand clean energy.

Itzik: Greening Of Israel Won’t Be Easy

Staff Writer
Dalia Itzik, who has served as Israel’s environmental minister for nearly one year, is also a member of the Knesset who has served as deputy mayor of Jerusalem and a member of the Labor Party’s central committee. She was first elected to the Knesset in 1992, where she has served on the Committees for Finance, Education and Culture, as well as the Status of Women. Itzik was interviewed during a recent visit to New York. Jewish Week: I understand you want to hire special environmental police to enforce environmental laws in Israel.

The Greening Of Jewish America

In Boston, Jewish groups worried about the plight of the herring recently lobbied the state legislature to repair fish ladders along the Charles River.
Washington Correspondent
In Boston, Jewish groups worried about the plight of the herring recently lobbied the state legislature to repair fish ladders along the Charles River. In California, kosher vintners are trying to convince consumers that reciting kiddush over wine made from organic grapes is more consistent with the spirit of Judaism than using wine made from grapes produced under modern agribusiness conditions.
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