The Green Chaverim
The mission of the Green Chaverim is to fulfill the Jewish imperative of tikkun olam (repairing the world) by encouraging environmental stewardship within the congregation and promoting environmental awareness among the greater OPT community.
The Green Chaverim promotes sustainable Temple operations to reduce its impact on the environment, provides outreach and education about local environmental issues, and engages congregants in projects to raise environmental awareness.
Celebrate Sukkot with a Harvest Dinner
Please join us as we celebrate Sukkot with a family-friendly dinner on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm. The OPT Green Chaverim culinary team will prepare a Shabbat dinner filled with the local bounty of the “last harvest” followed by a wonderful Shabbat service at 8 pm.
Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the Fall harvest. It also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of the month of Tishrei, and is marked by several distinct traditions. One, which takes the commandment to dwell in booths literally, is to erect a sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut. Sukkot (in this case, the plural of sukkah) are commonly used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining and even for sleeping.
Let’s rejoice and celebrate the harvest together. The event is BYOB. If you have any questions, please reach out to Judy Klem.
Please RSVP via the form below by September 22.
From the August 2015 Messenger...
OPT, OPT, How Does Our Garden Grow?
It starts with a seed of an idea. It grows with nourishment from a few sunny supporters. And it fully blossoms with encouragement rained down from a deeply caring community.
Out with the Old
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped us deconstruct the old dilapidated edible garden bed. Located in the OPT parking lot on the south west side of the building, this raised bed served us and our community well for over 4 years. But it was in need of extensive repair and a better location. Dozens of OPT members, staff and community members helped remove the soil (the wheelbarrow brigade) and tear down the old structure. A physical task that looked like there was no end, but they pressed on making progress until it was complete.
In with the Wild
Thank you to West Cook Wild Ones, who donated almost all of the native plants that are now planted in the old edible garden space. Wild Ones is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our community about extending conservation into our yards. Native plants are low maintenance, and planting native gardens helps rehabilitate lost ecosystems, promote biodiversity and contribute to a healthier environment. Oak Park Temple is beginning to do its part to create a native habitat for bees, butterflies and birds.
Up with Edibles
Over the summer, with temple staff and board support, a new location for the edible garden was chosen and raised bed design was approved. With the help of contributions from members of the Green Chaverim as well as many generous donations from members at large, we met our fundraising goal for the new edible garden plan. A matching grant was also achieved after reaching the fundraising goal. Plans are underway for researching the build out for this new raised bed garden which will be located on the north side of the building. THANK YOU FOR THIS SUPPORT.
join the green chaverim
Oak Park Temple has an active agenda of improving the environment in and around our synagogue--doing our part with tikkun olam--"repairing the world.” OPT’s Green Chaverim leads the way in providing education about current environmental issues, introducing composting to our congregation, and researching and presenting energy efficient recommendations for our aging building.
In addition to the garden projects, we host a holiday dinner each year prepared by members of our committee. Such fun! We can’t accomplish this important work without the help of volunteers. You can participate on any level given your schedule.
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Green chaverim projects
Our Chaverim is active and dedicated committee in and around OPT. Here are some of the projects we will work on this year.
plant a tree in israel
You can now buy a tree in Israel and help the congregation at the same time. The Jewish United Fund is partnering with Oak Park Temple to make it easier to make donations, support Israel and help the planet.
By using this link when you want to plant trees in Israel in honor or memory of a friend, loved one or special occasion, you will benefit OPT as well. For each online donation using this link, OPT will receive 20% in return.
The 20% proceeds will go toward OPT’s Green Chaverim committee who will reinvest the funds to benefit members of OPT in many ways.
The purpose of the Oak Park Temple Environment Committee is to fulfill the Jewish imperative of tikkun olam (repairing the world) by encouraging environmental stewardship within the congregation and promoting environmental awareness among the greater OPT community.
The Green Chaverim promote sustainable Temple operations to reduce its impact on the environment, provide outreach and education to the congregation about environmental opportunities, and engage congregants in projects to raise environmental awareness.