Shomrei Ha'aretz

2011 A Solar Powered Ner Tamid

Temple Etz Chaim was selected as a pilot temple for a Solar Ner Tamid in 2008. Since that time, many other synagogues have followed this part of the Shomrei Ha’Aretz program. With the addition of a special Torch Award for synagogues considering installing or having installed a Solar Ner Tamid this year, we are applying for this award in 2011.

2011 Green Committee

Encouraged by the FJMC’s Shomrei Ha’aretz program, The Men’s Club of Tifereth Israel first asked our member, David Roseman, to perform an audit of our synagogue’s use of technology to reduce its ecological footprint. We used that audit to help our synagogue director to target ways to incorporate such activities in his daily administration of the shul. In the past six months, we’ve set up the Green Committee, with David at its head, as a stand-alone group working with the director.

2009 Men’s Club Community Health Fair and Green Festival Program

In 2007, the Men’s Club at B’nai Israel sponsored the first “Healthy Choices Health Fair” for our congregation and the community. Over 350 people registered for event. We worked with local health care merchants, doctors, and service providers to enable the Fair to be as diverse as possible. As a result nearly 40 health care-related vendors set up exhibits in the main social hall; nearly 100 flu shots were given; and about 24 doctors and fitness experts participated in a unique “Ask-the-Doctor” speaker and demonstration series.