The Green Team
The mission of the Green Team is to fulfill God’s commandment to care for and nourish the earth and to advocate for the environment in both the larger community and Community Synagogue of Rye.
The Green Team initiates projects concerning energy efficiency, gardening, waste reduction and program planning. We are always looking for more ideas that are of interest to the community and we welcome those who would like to learn more about protecting our environment and greening the synagogue.
This group is also actively involved with the Westchester Jewish Greening Group, which was formed to provide a focus for Jewish greening initiatives in Westchester County, with the objective of creating a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community. Through our affiliated institutions, we aim to share our experiences, lend support and ideas to one another, and possibly collaborate on larger projects, in the spirit of Tikkun Olam.
Please contact Bill DeLynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marc Turk at email@example.com if you have questions or would like more information.
Tu B'Shevat Seder 2018
CSR Green Team hosts the annual Tu B'Shevat Seder which incorporates readings about trees and fruit from a range of Jewish literature.
Modeled on the Passover Seder, it will include four cups of wine, with varying combinations of red and white, representing the shifting of seasons.
We will share a vegetarian pot-luck meal with traditional dishes featuring fruits and vegetables mentioned in the Torah. All KTI congregants are welcome to join!
Sunday, January 28 at 6:00 pm at Congregation KTI Social Hall
575 King St, Port Chester, NY 10573
RSVP with Donna DeLynn
Fourth Annual Green Team Sponsored Nature Hike & Havdalah Service
The CSR Green Team sponsored its fourth annual “Hike and Havdalah” on Saturday August 27, 2016, at the Rye Marshlands Conservancy.
We took a leisurely hike from the parking lot, through the wooded trails and the field, to the beach, taking in the wildlife, sights, smells and sounds of the marsh. A mother deer and two fawns seemed to follow us along the way, as we followed an Osprey to its high perching nest.
As darkness approached, we celebrated Havdalah on the rocks overlooking the beach.
Ready to begin the new week, we hiked back to the parking lot, and had a casual dinner at the Sedona Tap House in Mamaroneck. The weather was perfect, and a fun time was had by all.
"Going Green": Year in Review
The Eternal God took the man (Adam) and placed him in the garden of Eden, to keep it and to watch over it. (Genesis 2:15)
Our synagogue, with the leadership of the Green Team, has done wonderful work this year in guarding and keeping the Earth. There are several “green” projects in the works or already in place including:
These greening initiatives are so central to the core values of Reform Judaism and Community Synagogue of Rye’s mission. We are truly God’s partners in repairing the world when we put in the effort to green our homes and synagogue.
Green Team Tips for Summer
Summer is upon us and many of us are busy planting and gardening. It’s a good time to remember the many ways trees protect our environment. If you can plant a tree, plant a deciduous (leafy) tree on the south side of your house. The shade will help to cool your house in the summer and, after the leaves fall, the sunlight will help to keep the house warm.
Think also of the amount of water you use in your garden. It’s good to plant shade-loving plants that will need less water. Save as much water as possible by limiting the length of your showers and limiting the amount of water used on our grounds.
Photos from our Tu B'Shevat Seder