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 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:
- Community (Synagogue) Management commitment to this pathway.
- Prayer & Teaching
- Land, Buildings & Consumables
- 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
Board of Deputies of British Jews