Green Groups

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Green Team

Green Team

The Emanuel Synagogue is becoming more sustainable!The Emanuel Synagogue Green Team is working on abiding by the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, which involves following a set of criteria celebrating our shul as a national leader in the realm of Jewish sustainability. We are proud of our commitment to sustainability and building a stronger, healthier community. Learn more at

Green Enthusiast Stories!

Here are our Emanuel members own stories about how they work actively to make an environmentally friendly impact on our world. Thanks for sharing and inspiring all of us.

Hanging Nylon Bag
This reuseable bag is in our restroom waiting to be filled with several recyclable treasures. For example, shampoo, lotion and vitamin bottles; all things cardboard. Anonymous

bees-wrapBees Wrap: Bee’s Wrap® is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage, used to wrap bread, cheese, vegetables, or cover a bowl! Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap, create a seal; upon cooling the wrap holds its shape, and is re-usable. Wash in cool water. Made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. Not recommended for meat items. Limited quantities are available at Whole Foods or buy direct at: Member


Green Laundry Tip:Use 100% organic hand-felted wool dryer balls to soften clothes, vs. dryer sheets with synthetic chemicals. Decrease drying time will lower utility bills, while saving the landfill from disposable dryer sheets. Toss in 2-3 balls at cycle beginning; you can re-use them years. Tip: for a light natural scent, add a few drops of lavender, lemon or orange essential oils to the balls first! Wool dryer balls from; lavender scent from Whole Foods.  The Faison Ross Family


Recycle and Reuse Dryer Lint and Egg Cartons: Yes, the lint from your dryer and a dozen or 18 count egg carton can be used in the fireplace or a fire-pit to start a fire. Just collect dryer lint in a cardboard egg carton (NOT in a Styrofoam one) break off sections needed, light in fire safe area like your fireplace or a fire-pit and there you have it, a Firestarter. Anonymous Member


Trees for shade can have multiple purposes: Planted in 2013 with the long term goals to  1) provide shade to the office, making it more comfortable while using less electricity 2) Capturing  CO2/ carbon dioxide, to impact global warming. Greening our environment is a clear example of Tikkun Olam, repairing the Earth and making it more beautiful. Carolyn and Michael Levine

Tea Bag Label
Don’t forget to recycle the paper tea bag label too.. just pull it off the string! Carolyn Levine

We are looking for MORE eco-friendly stories to share, so please submit a short paragraph description
with picture of your green efforts to: Monique Faison Ross Chairperson, Green Team 

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More Green!

Gardening Committee in search of volunteers

Garden Group Sheila, Larry, David Renee

No experience or green thumb needed!

As the weather warms up, the Gardening Committee will spring into action to weed, fertilize, mulch, and plant the flower beds at The Emanuel, and your help is needed!  Volunteer to water once a week or join committee members who meet regularly on Tuesday mornings  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  There are also opportunities to help on “Gardening Sundays” – look for announcements in the synagogue e-blasts.
Please contact Arlan Lieblick at and include the subject line “Gardening” to volunteer.