Congregation Beth Shalom

Eco-Kosher

Eco-Kosher is a term coined by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in the 1970s. It encourages us to heed our tradition and blend it with our modern global consciousness and citizenship. Is it enough to eat only kosher meats if those meats were fed with pesticide laced grains? Is it enough to bless Shabbat wine if it is served in a non-decomposing/non-recyclable plastic cup? Is it enough to eat vegetarian if those fields were harvested with underpaid workers?

In the past, CBS has conducted recycling programs, lightbulb exchange programs, and assorted programs to green our environment. Some congregations turn their landscaping into produce gardens to feed the hungry. Some congregations set goals to reduce their waste paper. Check out our Jewish neighbors at www.pushingtheenvelopefarm.org

What projects capture your interest? Where would you like to volunteer? Let us know at the Social Action Committee.