Apr. 6, 2009
Our synagogue has joined together with ARZA and JNF to save our planet and connect our synagogue to Israel through the ARZA/JNF GoNeutral Synagogue Affiliate Program. This new program will help educate us to issues of environmental concern as well as the role that Israel plays as a leader of the global environmental movement. JNF has planted over 240 million trees in the land of Israel, which have absorbed about 110 million tons of carbon dioxide from the air. This, along with all of their other cutting edge environmental work, puts them in a unique position to be a leader in the global environmental movement. An important example of their work can be found at Kibbutz Lotan – one of two Reform Kibbutzim in Israel – known for its commitment to “Eco-Zionism”. Besides trees being planted on the kibbutz, JNF has worked in partnership with Lotan to build wetlands for migratory birds, installing solar panels to create energy for the region and more. ARZA also provides support to Kibbutz Lotan through your membership dues.
To participate in this effort, visit the link on our synagogue’s webpage, which will take you to the JNF GoNeutral carbon calculator. Learn how to offset your carbon emissions and lessen your environmental footprint by planting trees in Israel OR supporting JNF’s important environmental initiatives on developing alternative sources of energy. JNF will return 20% of all funds donated through this link to our congregation for environmental and Israel related projects and programs. We will also be provided with synagogue programming, speakers and a JNF GoNeutral Newsletter that will be a benefit to our entire congregation. Let’s seize this excellent opportunity and increase our support for Israel and the environment. Please contact (insert synagogue contact name here) for any questions or to get involved.