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Text Context August 2011

Our contributors reflect on loss and, in doing so, affirm life. A wide range of essays explore the rituals related to death and mourning, other losses, the power of memory and the possibility of consolation.
08/22/2011 - 20:00
Text Context August 2011

Training The Green Team

Fellowship for agencies’ environmental go-to staffers moves to second stage.
Staff Writer
08/15/2011 - 20:00

 Representatives from 19 local Jewish agencies will meet next month at Solar One, an environment-and-ecology educational center on the East Side, for an all-day program that will feature chavruta-style learning sessions from biblical sources, lectures on alternative energy sources and a hands-on mini-solar car-building exercise.

The Mideast’s Environmental ‘Prophet’

Can young people in the region come together around ‘green’ issues? The woman behind the Green Prophet website thinks so.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/15/2011 - 20:00

 Jerusalem — A multicultural, borderless Middle East, not unlike the European Union, with Israel and its Arab neighbors brought together not by enmity but by a deep concern for the environment. From Beirut to Jerusalem to Cairo, the people of the Middle East joined by the need for clean air and water, regional issues that transcend nationalities and political ideologies.

It’s a noble, if slightly Quixotic, vision, but perhaps not a surprising one from the woman behind an increasingly popular website with the lofty name, Green Prophet.

The homepage of her website, GreenProphet.com.  Courtesy of Karin Kloosterman

Slowly, Israelis Embrace Recycling

‘Growing awareness’ seen driven by Western immigrants.
Israel Correspondent
08/15/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Due to the severe drought that has gripped the Middle East for much of the past decade, the saving of water has been drummed into the Israeli consciousness.

During the warm months it is forbidden to water gardens during daylight hours, and hosing down a car is prohibited any time of day.

On a national level, the government recycles more water — 75 to 80 percent — than any other country. Private and business consumption decreased during the past year, after the Water Authority increased the cost of water.

can be found on many Israeli street corners, especially in the big cities. Photos by Michele Chabin

Of Food, Justice And The Environment

Tilling the ground of an increasingly fertile intersection.
08/15/2011 - 20:00

 Hazon, a Jewish environmental organization working to build a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, is one of the most visible and forward-thinking such groups in the Jewish community.

It supports Community Supported Agriculture, runs an annual food conference, sponsors environmental bike rides and is at the forefront of the growing Jewish food movement. The Jewish Week spoke with Cheryl Cook, the group’s acting executive director, about the group’s focus and some of its new initiatives along with the burgeoning Jewish food movement in general.

Riders who participated in Hazon’s 2010 New York Ride, which took place over the Labor Day weekend. Courtesy of Hazon

How I Became A ‘Green Zionist’

A college student embraces the environmental cause as a way to help protect Israel.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/15/2011 - 20:00

When I think about growing up in the suburbs of New York City, I remember blue and white Yom Ha’Atzmaut cupcakes and Israel advocacy seminars. I was raised with a joyful love of Israel that is inherently part of who I am.

The author in a solar energy field.

Synagogues Taking The LEED On Greening

Congregations around the country are making environmental protection — including in their own designs — a core value.
Special To The Jewish Week
08/15/2011 - 20:00

 Designers of a synagogue building have many things to keep in mind. An ark to hold Torah scrolls. Pews that face east. Shelves to hold the prayerbooks. But those planning to build a Jewish house of worship today may have other considerations like motion-sensor lights, low-flow toilets and recycled or locally-sourced building materials.

A handful of synagogues across the country are building and renovating their facilities to be energy efficient and green-friendly, earning LEED and Energy Star certifications.

Congregation Beth David in San Luis, Obispo.

Go Green August 2011

Synagogues taking the LEED on greening; Israelis embracing recycling; the intersection of food, justice and the environment, and more.

08/15/2011 - 20:00
Go Green August 2011

Keeping In Touch, At A Distance

Ways to alleviate emotional distress when families are in crisis.
Staff Writer
07/25/2011 - 20:00

Boca Raton, Fla. — When Ben Schwartz’s mother died at home in Australia, he flew to the funeral from his home in Israel but could not afford the airfare for his wife and five children. So while sitting shiva, Schwartz, not his real name, jotted down the names and comments of those who visited so he could share them each evening with his wife and children at home.

“Oceans Apart” author Rochel Berman, center, with workshop presenters Hindy Rubin and Anita Stern Heering.

Homeland For The Jewish Soul

As the number of delis decline and newfangled ones embrace sustainability, of all things, a nostalgic look back at the heyday of a New York institution.
Special To The Jewish Week
07/25/2011 - 20:00

Growing up in Great Neck in the 1970s and ’80s, I listened eagerly to my mother and her cousin Marcia reminiscing about working Sunday evenings waiting tables and busing dishes in Kaufman’s Deli, which was Uncle Herbie’s place on Division Avenue in Williamsburg. I heard about the hustle and bustle, the interactions between the working class customers and the wise-cracking old Jewish waiters, the kibitzing at the deli counter with the jocular countermen in their paper hats.

The staff at Katz’s Deli, circa 1940s: Overstuffed sandwiches and Jewish solidarity. Marlene Katz Padover
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