Temple Israel Hillbrow Shabbos project 27 October 2018
For the small congregation of Temple Israel Hillbrow every Shabbat is special as we give the little we can afford – bread and boiled eggs – to the homeless on the streets surrounding to our shul. For the unique Shabbat of the Shabbos Project, as part of the SA and now international the Jewish community, we were able add to our weekly bread and eggs a gift of socks for men, women and especially children! THANK YOU to Aaron’s Rock your Socks – the Brain child of young Aaron Greenblatt 9 years who started this amazing project to help the less fortunate. We were over awed when we realised that the Torah portion “Vayera” was the wonderful story of Abraham and the hospitality he offered to the three strangers is the bedrock of our Jewish ethics…. compassion and kindness to the “other”
Almost 80 people joined us for our 17th Shabbat Shuvah service and dinner on 22 September 2017.
We were most fortunate to have Student Rabbi Max Feldhake from the Geiger Kolleg in Germany lead the service and host the dinner. The beautiful service was enhanced by the choir comprising of Debbie Joffe and her brothers.
We were also pleased to have Rabbi Schell and several other members from Bet David join us.
Special thanks to Marion Bubly – broken knee and all – and Winnie who did so much to make the dinner such a success.
We would also like to thank the Caterers – Totally Kosher and Feigels for the amazing food and special thanks to the individuals who’s sponsorship enabled us to entertain several Jews from the surrounding areas.
Saturday 11 February Temple Israel enjoyed a special Tu B’Shevat Seder with Rabbi Julia Margolis. It was most informative, especially for our conversion class to learn about our culture and traditions.
Everyday Conservation Actionsby Barbara Lerman-Golomb, Director of Education and Outreach, HAZON Since the “Tu” in Tu B’Shvat stands for the 15th day of Shvat, we would like to offer 15 tree and water conservation tips.
Dishtowels…the quicker picker upper. Use dishtowels instead of paper towels for drying dishes and kitchen spills. Think how many paper towels you need to match the absorbency of only one dishtowel! Set up a simple system: one for spills, one for dishes, one for drying lettuce and other veggies.
Think cloth napkins are only for formal dinners? Think again! You can use cloth napkins for all your meals. Use them with a napkin ring to help identify users for repeated use. By the way…kids rarely use napkins in their school lunches, but if you give them one, they’ll throw it away. A cloth napkin in a child’s lunch box will most likely go unused, yet saved.
PutYourJunk Mail to Work for You! Instead of discarding junk mail, business mailings or any sheets of paper with only one side of use, use them again for writing drafts. Keep an in-box or recycling receptacle by your printer to hold sheets until you need them.
Yo,Yo Wrap! Save previously used wrapping paper and use it again. Or, use swatches of fabric, newspaper, reusable gift bags or a cloth sack for gifts. If you need to purchase new wrapping paper, make sure it’s recycled.
If it’s Free, It’s for Me! Use toilet tissue and tissues with at least 50% “post consumer recycled content” free of dyes, perfumes and dioxin. (The process of bleaching paper to whiten it is responsible for creating the toxic substance, dioxin.) It’s in the bag. The cloth bag ,that is. Keep cloth bags in your car, with your bicycle or by your front door for all your shopping needs instead of taking a paper bag, or plastic bags (made of non- renewable sources).
The Three P’s–Precycle, Practical, Preservation Buy items with little or no packaging or in bulk that you can stock in your own containers. Most stores carrying bulk items give money back for using your own bags or jars. Buy food in cardboard packaging that can be recycled or that has already been recycled (it’s gray inside). Tip: Create file folders and post cards from used cereal boxes.
Drink to Your Health Keep a commuter mug in your car, in your backpack, at your office for a fill up of your favorite beverage instead of taking a new paper cup.
Wood That’s Too Good (to waste) Avoid items made from rain forest woods such as rosewood, mahogany, teak, or ebony.
Be Cool Keep a bottle of cold water in the refrigerator instead of wasting water down the drain waiting for it to get cold.
Don’t Kick the Bucket Keep a bucket in your shower (or outside to collect rainwater). Transfer it over to watering cans or jugs to water your indoor and outdoor plants.
Go With the Flow Take a shower instead of a bath and buy a low-flow shower head and a sink aerator for your kitchen or bathroom faucet to conserve water. To find these items, contact your local hardware store or visit www.greenpages.org or the Real Goods catalog at www.realgoods.com to check out their products for a healthy home and planet.
Dear John Use a jug filled with water or stones to take up space in the toilet tank or buy a special “toilet dam” so that less water is wasted. Or, conserve your flushes.
Clean and Green Don’t waste water down the drain while washing dishes. Fill the sink up instead. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and washing your face.
A Healthy Lunch box A reusable lunch box or cloth bag; a thermos; reusable storage containers, food that needs no packaging (e.g., fresh fruit) and a cloth napkin. Replace paper plates with reusables for picnics or casual meals.