This article by Paula Amann chronicles jewish environmental activists. I was honored to be counted among the amazing women interviewed in this piece. Click here to read the story.
I was so delighted to contribute to this article in the Forward. The image above is of my niece Ruby in my bat mitzvah dress - with my mother and me standing behind her! I am so proud of her - she did an amazing job and had an awesome green bat mitzvah.
Here are some of the other green elements that were included in the event:
- the party was held at the Brevard Zoo so the money went to a good cause.
- they served organic chicken and greens
- Ruby wore a handmade necklace by Etsy artist Etcetrix
- Drinks were served in corn-based plastic cups
To read the article click here.
My aunt Mindy just had her bat mitzvah on top of Masadah and said it was incredible to celebrate this special occasion in the holy land. The Jewish National Fund now offers a free b'nai mitzvah information kit which include "information on using JNF Tree/Water Certificates as Invitations, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Projects, Permanent Recognition in Israel, B’nai Mitzvah tours to Israel, and much more."
The JNF does a lot of great work in Israel and has planted 240 million trees since 1901! If you want to offset the carbon from your bar or bat mitzvah consider doing it by planting trees with the JNF. You can also support the JNF by purchasing holiday cards, mezuzahs, and other merchandise in their store.
To buy her book click the link below:
This book is funny in a low-brow "dirty birdy" way. The pee jokes will appeal to any 13 year old while simultaneously conveying information about Jewish culture and history. A few sample pages from Amazon:
My brother called me today raving about a new booked called "Hello Cupcake." It offers clever, fun and EASY cupcake designs - perfect for any DIY bar or bat mitzvah. No special tools required. As one reviewer wrote, "Wow, wow, and WOW! This veritable encyclopedia of "mini-cake" decorating is so fun and easy that there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to lament "they can't". With the use of food items found anywhere, you will be making the cutest, and most impressive cupcake creations you can possibly think of, and Karen and Alan will make you legendary to boot! "
I downloaded these adorable and illustrative images from Amazon.
If you are interested in reading more about why cupcakes are green click here.
For my Bar Mitzvah project, I am exploring ways to help make Bennington more energy-efficient. One issue I have learned about is idling. It’s tempting to leave the car running to keep the heat on when it’s cold, or keep the air conditioning when it’s hot. But idling has a serious impact on the environment and is a contributor to global warning.
This is some of what I learned from the website www.idlefreevt.org:
• When the car is idling, a significant amount of exhaust fumes penetrate the ozone
• If everybody in Vermont reduced idling by five minutes a day, we could save 65/000 tons of CO2 emissions a year
• The amount of fuel Vermont wastes on idling is more than double that of most states
• Fuel emissions from idling affect health, especially with children. Exhaust fumes emit chemicals such as Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Oxide, and others. It could cause or aggravate asthma, allergies, headaches, and mental problem.
• Idling is bad for your car engine.
• Idling causes noise pollution too.
• Vermont towns, including Brattleboro, Burlington, and Middlebury, are leading the way in establishing idle-free zones.
But hope is not lost. Each one of you can make a very large difference without many repercussions on your part. Follow the “10-Second Rule”: Idling your car for ten seconds wastes more energy than turning your car engine off then on. If all of us do not idle, we could make a serious difference in the environment. Remember, everything you do has an impact on the environment. And by taking little steps to help global warming, we can make big change.
Thank you. I encourage you to consider having your school or workplace be an idle free zone.
Brendan T. Eprile
His letter was also published in the local paper - the Bennington Banner. What a great way to get the word out about the effect of idling on Global Warming.