Green Team

Shemitah 5782 has begun, and that means that our TBA Green Team is (re-)launching!

The Sabbatical Year (Shemitah), as observed in the Land of Israel in biblical times, was a time when our farmer ancestors let the land lie fallow, abandoning ownership so that all could gather food and eat freely, and cancelled all debts. Shemitah provided the opportunity, once every seven years, for people to step back from their usual agricultural and economic labors to reconnect with the natural world and with each other.

All year long, the Green Team will be organizing opportunities for learning and action for our TBA community. If you missed our Green Team launch announcement, with an explanation of how our efforts are connected to the theme of the Torah’s practice of the Sabbatical Year, click here



Shemitah: The Land Gets To Rest
A Close Reading of Rav Kook’s Ecological/Spiritual Masterpiece, Shabbat Ha’aretz

Thursdays, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, & 18 at 12:00 PM Zoom here
4 Session Zoom class taught by Rabbi Adam Kligfeld. If you missed the session on 10/4, you can listen here

Jewish Animal Ethics
Tuesday, November 9 at 12:00 PM
with Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Zoom link coming soon!
Communal Food Choices: A Jewish Response to Factory Farming
Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 PM
with Melissa Hoffman of Jewish Initiative for Animals (she grew up at TBA!)
Zoom link coming soon!

Listen to Rabbi Avi Havivi’s session from our Elul learning: “Shemitah—How a Society Reconnects with Itself”
Listen to Rabbi Rembaum’s session via TBA podcasts
Listen to Rabbi Adam Kligfeld's session from Shemitah: The Land Gets To Rest



October Challenge: Eat Less Meat
We all should consider reducing our consumption of animal protein, for our own health and the health of our environment. Click HERE for details of this month's challenge.
If you missed Rabbi Kligfeld's Yom Kippur sermon on his personal decision to go vegan, you can watch it here or listen to it here. Join in on the conversation about vegan recipes on our TBA Facebook group, and use the hashtag #plantbased.
And, don't forget about last month's challenge, Greening our Kitchens--you can review ideas for making changes in your kitchen HERE, if you missed this in the crush of the Jewish Holidays.



TBA member Don Snyder is heading up our efforts to work on issues of food waste, recycling, and energy use in our TBA facilities. Click here to contact him if you’d like to get involved in planning changes for how we use these resources in our TBA buildings.