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Exploring Global Water Crises
JLP Students Explore with Interactive & Informative Activities click on first image to begin slide show
Exploring the Global Water Crises
Exploring the Global Water Crises
Exploring the Global Water Crises
Exploring the Global Water Crises
Exploring the Global Water Crises
Exploring the Global Water Crises
Exploring the Global Water Crises

 TBA's Journey to Become a GreenFaith Sanctuary

A few years ago, TBA recognized a need and desire to "green" our House of Worship.  GreenFaith NJ's Environmental Certification program offered a unique opportunity for us to do so.  GreenFaith is a non-profit, interfaith, environmental organization and their Certification Program provided structure, expertise, support and resources.  Once approved by the Officers and Board of Trustees, we created a Green Team, led by Deborah Prinz and Lisa Reisboard, under the auspices of the Social Action Committee, and so the journey began.  Over the years we partnered with the TBA Early School and Jewish Learning Program (JLP), Staff, Constituency Groups, Committees, and many individuals to help meet the requirements and goals of the program.  The requirements fell under 5 pillars:  Education, Stewardship (Building and Maintenance), Environmental Justice, Worship, and Spirit.  Some highlights of the program include:  Earth Day gardening activities and lessons in the Early School; an interactive Global Water Conservation program in the JLP; Equal Exchange/American Jewish World Service Fair Trade Chocolate Program for Teens; Attendance at the NJ Environmental Justice Alliance Conference in Trenton; Naturalist-led hikes in South Mountain Reservation; instituting "No-Idling" practice for carpool pick-ups; numerous building and facility upgrades and many more.  By achieving this Certification, we have made environmental stewardship a part of TBA's way of life and shown our commitment to Environmental Leadership.   

On the Second Day of Rosh HaShanah, we commemorated our accomplishment and graduation with a brief acknowledgment during services. A banner, made of recycled materials, was displayed, showcasing our status as a “GreenFaith Sanctuary.”

Lisa Reisboard , Social Action Committee Chair.

Family Nature Hike 2013 

Students in the Jewish Learning Program Explore the Global Water Crises

Jewish Learning Program students explored the Global Water Crises through The Water Project's interactive and informative program. It contained the following components:

1.  Lecture on global water crisis

2.  Discussion about Israel and how they have managed the water crisis in their country

3.  Learn about Drip Irrigation system which maximizes water and uses it in the most effective way

4.  Hands on experiment creating Drip Irrigation system

5.  Film This Is Gladys - by The Water Project - about the Water Crises in Africa - Debrief on her situation, how it would be different if she had access to clean water, and what we can do to help

6.  Hands-on project creating Water Filtration System

7.  Collection of tzedekah money to donate to The Water Project

8.  Letter writing to Congressman Freilinghuysen asking for his support of the Water for the World Act of 2013, H.R. 2901.

The children also received paperwork on the Global Water Crises to take home and share with their parents.    

Eco-Tips from the Green Team

  • The average home spends about $2,000 on energy bills every year. By changing to appliances that have earned the Energy Star, you can save $75 a year in energy costs (Energy Star). Energy Star rated appliances use 10-50% lessenergy and water than standard models over their lifetime, making a big difference for the environment and your budget:
  •  Fill a plastic water bottle ¼ of the way full with oil—this is how much oil is required to make the typical bottle of water. The numbers are staggering—adding up the plastic used, the energy required to collect and clean the water, and the fuel it takes to ship the bottles to stores, equates to millions of barrels of oil each year (Sierra Club). Kick the bottled water habit by installing a water filteron your faucet and purchasing a reusable water bottle. Aim for a water bottle that does not leach chemicals, by looking for ‘BPA Free’ labels, or by choosing stainless steel.
  • Did you ever notice those small white warning flags on nearby lawns? Those warnings indicate that a lawn has been sprayed withpesticides that are harmful to children and pets. Reduce your exposure, and improve the environment, by eliminating chemicals on your lawn and encouraging your neighbors to do the same. See for more information. If you use a lawn care provider, choose one that specializes in natural lawn care, such as NaturaLawn:
  • Your waste will outlive you—plastic can take up to 600 yearsto break down in a landfill, and Styrofoam never breaks down. When planning parties and events, keep the environment in mind by using reusable dinnerware.Start small with reusable utensils, since they can be easily collected and washed,supplemented with recycled-content paper and/or bio compostable .
  •  The U.S. has 5% of the world's population but uses 25% of its natural resources (Source: US EPA). How many earths would be needed if everyone onthe planet used the same amount of resources as you? Find out by taking an ecological footprint quiz:
  •  10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning the engine on and off (NJDEP). Turn your engine off when you are sitting for more than 10 seconds, especially near children and in urban areas where pollution levels are already high.
  • Worldwide meat production releases more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector .combined (Source: UN Environment Programme). Start small by eliminating meat one day per week, or challenge yourself by taking a week-long vegetarian pledge. See or for good recipes and more information.

Follow this simple recipe for an all-purpose cleaner: 
4 cups warm water

2 Tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons of natural liquid soap (such as Dr. Bronnor’s orange scented)
10 drops of essential oil (Lavender, Pine or Tea Tree)—optional, but helps disinfect and adds a good smellMix water, vinegar and baking soda first, then add the soap and essential oil.

  • Many cleaning products contain chemicals that are bad for your health and the environment, and have not been adequately tested for their harmful effects. Clean safely by making your own green cleaners.
  • As much as half of the energy used in your home goes towards heating and cooling. Start saving money and energy immediately by adjusting your thermostat—in winter, be sure to lower the thermostat by at least 10 degrees when you are not at home or are sleeping (vice-versa for summer).

Green Spaces: Reserved Parking Spaces for High Mileage Vehicles

American Jewish Committee (AJC) is partnering with Temple B'nai Abraham and other houses of worship on Green Spaces, an initiative that educates our communities about the importance of reducing America's dependence on oil. TBA  has reserved a parking space (see photo of sign above) for vehicles that reduce oil use, such as: hybrid, flex-fuel, electric or those vehicles that get more than 30 miles per gallon. This special parking space is available on a first come, first in basis.

So if your vehicle fits the right into this special Green Space!


GreenFaith Water Conservation Tips:

Water is the essence of life.  Yet clean, fresh water is becoming scarcer globally because of waste, pollution, and climate change. 

GreenFaith can help you to conserve water – at home and at your house of worship or school. 

Did You Know. . .

A kitchen faucet that’s run for 4 minutes a day uses nearly 4,000 gallons a year?

A 7-minute daily shower uses over 9,000 gallons a year?

Only 1% of all water on earth is suitable for human consumption?

You Can Make a Difference

You and your house of worship can conserve water by taking several simple steps.  GreenFaith wants to help.

Become a water conservation leader today!