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.
A Community Garden that Grows Community
Over the past several months, the Oak Park Temple Green Chaverim has been digging into planning for our congregation’s new raised bed edible garden on the north side of the temple building. As you enter the synagogue from Berkshire, you will begin to see the new development take shape and community members working together to create a garden that will:
The new garden got its start from OPT members who invested in this project--individuals who saw the potential of a program like this as an extension of our Jewish values and of the mission of our congregation. Temple administration and the OPT board gave it their vote of support as well. Now we need your help to achieve our goals stated above.
Together, we’d like to learn, grow and thrive with our fellow community members. Think about how you would like to participate in this project. Consider attending a future program we have planned where you may discover how the intimacy with nature deepens your Jewish sense of wonder.
Are your curious about gardening or fascinated by where your food comes from? Come as a family or invite your Chavurah to sign up for “Hands on Harvest” days where you can see the progress of what’s growing, harvest, mulch and weed. We will have a weekly sign up registration that will be emailed to the congregation, or contact us if you have a date in mind you’d like to hold for your group.
Would you like to see and help install a drip irrigation system? The drip irrigation system was invented by Simcha Blass, an Israeli engineer and inventor and a main figure of water development to address the desert climate conditions in Israel. This system is now used throughout the world to conserve water. With Rabbi Damsky’s guidance, we will install our own drip irrigation--we’d love for you to experience this. Watch for info more coming soon.
Perhaps you’d like to tour the Edible Garden and the Native Garden. Would you like to see what we have growing? Would you like to share or swap plants? Do you have a passion about something you are growing and want share it with us? Or think you have a black thumb? Come on anyway, there might be green yet to discover.
Even before growing season arrives, there is so much that goes into building a community garden. It is just as fulfilling to see people coming together to imagine this garden and its potential, as it is to build it and bring it to life. We can already taste the fruits of our labor and can’t wait to share them with you, too.
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the garden projects or other Green Chaverim programs and initiatives, please contact Judy Klem at email@example.com.
Green is Tov T-Shirts
We are very excited to announce the OPT Green Chaverim T-shirts are now available for purchase. We have men's, women's and youth style shirts featuring our "Green is Tov" message. $18 each, while supplies last.
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.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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.