Shomrei Adamah | Congregation Darchei Noam
When God created Adam, God led him around the Garden of Eden and said to him: "Behold My works.
See how wonderful and beautiful they are. All that I have created, for your sake did I create it. Now see
to it that you do not spoil and destroy my world, for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you."
Midrash, Kohelet Rabbah 7:13
At Congregation Darchei Noam, we value “green” awareness and strive to care for our environment. Whether it is by encouraging the use of biodegradable or reusable materials for our Kiddush luncheons, planting and maintaining our shul’s gardens, making use of green bins throughout our synagogue, or ensuring that our building adheres to the highest standards of eco-friendliness, actively engaging in shomrei adamah (environmental stewardship) projects is a hallmark of Darchei Noam’s communal life.
Alongside initiatives to green our community, our dedicated volunteers lead educational programs that teach about the benefits of environmental awareness in our own lives. Highlights of our programming include:
- Our annual Tu BiSh’vat Seder
- Environment-themed movie nights
- “A Tale of Two Tomatoes” program, which encourages our community to be involved in growing their own food
- Scholar-in-residence weekends
- “Frugal and Fraylich” workshops, which teaches DIY (do it yourself) activities that everyone can do at home
Our community will continue to build awareness of the importance in Judaism of living green and establishing environmentally sound programs and policies to reduce our congregation's carbon footprint and improve sustainability.