EcoSynagogue is designed to provide a practical and simple roadmap for synagogues

EcoSynagogue, a project in partnership with the Board of Deputies is a unique initiative which  spans the whole Jewish community with rabbinic leadership from four denominations of Judaism.  EcoSynagogue’s aim is to help ensure that, with careful attention to synagogue buildings and practices, we can launch the Jewish community towards a net zero carbon future

EcoSynagogue invites each community to our online Environmental Audit, a comprehensive environmental survey of how we engage with the environment in our places of worship. Audit your place of worship, get a score, look at ways to improve that score with the assistance of resources which will be constantly updated and be rewarded with a Bronze, Silver and ultimately Gold EcoSynagogue Award.

The Environment Audit looks at 5 areas:

  1. Community (Synagogue) Management commitment to this pathway.
  2. Prayer & Teaching
  3. Lifestyle
  4. Land, Buildings & Consumables
  5. Community & Global Engagement.

We invite you to assess what you are currently doing, and then we give you a pathway to take control (with resources continuously being added & ongoing support) to improve your community’s relationship with its environment, as a building, a community, as individuals and as part of a wider conversation on this important topic.

The Torah tells us that we are trustees of God’s creation and it is our responsibility, as communities and individuals to protect our planet and leave it to our children and grandchildren in a state of wholeness and health.

With the shoots of a “green recovery” in sight, let’s get our worship places ready and the UK Jewish Community engaged and put us all on a pathway to a better relationship with the world around us, starting with the way we pray, govern, learn, socialise and advocate in our own Shuls.

Steering Group

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Senior Rabbi, New North London Masorti Synagogue

Co-Founder & Chair

Rabbi David Mason
Rabbi, Muswell Hill United Synagogue

Co-Founder

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith
Senior Rabbi, Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue
Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich
Rabbi, Nottingham Liberal Synagogue
Anthony Silkoff

Board of Deputies

Abi Levitt

Advisor

Andrea Passe

Project Manager