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

EcoSynagogue is a unique initiative which  spans the whole Jewish community with rabbinic leadership from five 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.

The Rabbinic team of EcoSynagogue

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Senior Rabbi, New North London Masorti Synagogue

Co-Founder & Chair

Rabbi David Mason

Rabbi, Muswell Hill United Synagogue


Rabbi Mark Goldsmith

Senior Rabbi, Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue

Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich

Rabbi, The Liberal Synagogue Elstree

Rabbi Jeff Berger 

Rabbi, Wembley Sephardi Synagogue, S&P Sephardi Community

Steering Group

Andrea Passe

Project Manager

Abi Levitt


Anthony Silkoff - Board of Deputies
Anthony Silkoff

Board of Deputies of British Jews