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Upcoming Events

Many of us have taken concrete steps to reduce our footprint on the environment, both at home and at TBE. Now it's time to express our values side-by-side with other faith groups in two events coming in the next few weeks.
Wicked High Tide: A Shipboard Conversation about Boston's Climate Resiliency Effort 
September 14 
Join this special opportunity to cruise beautiful Boston Harbor and see first-hand the risks of storm surges and increased flooding as a result of climate change and sea-level rise. TBE is joining with other members of Wellesley’s faith community for this special tour where we will also learn about how Boston is managing and planning for anticipated impacts on our coastline, harbor and ports. Our tour guide is Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston. Departs from Long Wharf: Boarding 2:30-3:00 pm; Sailing 3:00 -6:00 pm. Cost: $45. For more details click here. *Tickets are limited and time is short. To sign up, contact Amy Benjamin, or (781) 237-1227.

NYC: People's Climate March: Join the Largest Climate March in History 
September 21

While World leaders are in New York City for the UN summit on the climate crisis, we'll show them that demand for climate change action is broad and deep. TBE is linking up with other synagogues, jewish environmental groups and other faith communities to march together. The occasion is historic and the route is dramatic: starting from Columbus Circle past Rockefeller Plaza and Times Square. You can make it a NYC weekend or a day trip on Sunday. You must arrive by 11:30 am at our group's meeting point (to be announced). Click here for more details. To sign up, contact Karen Miller,


April 2014, Take the Bus!

March 2014, Learn how to save money and save the planet.


Inspirational and Practical Powerpoint Presentation


ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT TBE: Learn how we are saving $23,000/year and reducing our CO2 emissions by 25%?



View Slides from our December 7, 2013 Shabbat Reflection  

Reflection On Our Shabbat Reflection 
Shabbat Reflections 2013

On December 7, 2013, 35 TBE members came together on a Saturday afternoon to share in a Shabbat Reflection on Climate Change. This was the third such reflection to consider a serious issue of our time and examine our responsibility as Jews to act in the spirit of Tkkun Olam.
We were fortunate to listen to Nancy Seidman, Assistant Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, speak on the causes of Climate Change and what is being done at the state and federal level to address this problem.

Rabbi Saphire then led us through a thought provoking text study on how God requires us to protect the world. Participants broke into groups to analyze five different texts from Jewish Studies. One text, the 3rd century Midrash Ecclesiastes Rabbah, 7:13, included the advice: Take care not to spoil or destroy My world, for if you do, there will be no one to repair it after you. Other texts spoke to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Tzedek (justice), our responsibility to future generations, and of our place within the nature. 

Uplifted by these texts, we shared ideas on potential actions. Leading this was temple member Jonathan Raab, a professional facilitator on climate and energy issues. We broke into groups organized around these major themes:
  • Actions we can take concerning our own homes, cars and business 
  • How to making temple operations more environmentally sustainable
  • Incorporating climate change and other sustainability themes in education, formal and informal, at temple
  • Becoming an informed advocate for action at the state and federal level to reduce the impacts of climate change.  
Inspired to act, we will follow through on the ideas developed at this Shabbat Reflection to make a difference in the local, national and global fight against climate change. In the coming weeks, you will hear about concrete actions in each of these areas. If you would like to get occasional email updates on sustainability at TBE and notification of upcoming events, contact Robert Cooper.


TBE's Green Team 

TBE's Green Team helps ensure our new building is environmentally sound and sustainable. For more information or to join this group contact Karen McKoy at 

TBE Green Team Mission 

We believe it is ethically imperative for Jews to work toward lessening our environmental impact and thus uphold the Jewish ideals of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedek (justice), and bal tashchit (prohibition against wanton destruction).

The TBE Green Committee will seek to:  

  • Encourage integrating these values into the operations of our new building
  • Educate our community about ways to integrate these values into their daily   lives
  • Encourage working with broader outside communities in both education and advocacy for sustainability


Robert Cooper (chair), Ralph Adler, Jon Carner, Vic Dietz, Sheryl Goodridge, Ed Jaros, Marilyn Levenson Komessar, Karen McKoy, Judith Morton, Laura Olton, Jeff Riklin, Maura Shoulkin

Sustainably Creating and a Maintaining Our New Building:  

Our new Beit Elohim was designed to be environmentally friendly. 

Our green team is working on making sure we maintain the building as efficiently as possible with our staff in terms of energy use, supplies purchased, recycling, and grounds maintenance.


Some resources below:  

Living Sustainably in Our Homes and Workplaces: 

The way we live our lives has an impact on the world around us. This website has recommendations for living in a healthy and low-impact way: 

How to Recycle your Stuff: 

There are many local resources for recycling your unwanted books, furniture, office supplies and even building materials. 


Other Communities of Faith Living Sustainably: 

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life        

National Religious Partnership for the Environment is an association of independent faith groups across a broad spectrum: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Council of Churches U.S.A., the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Evangelical Environmental Network. 

Oregon Interfaith Power and Light: empowers congregations and their members to conserve energy and invest in clean renewable energy. 

National Council of Churches, Web of Creation green building manuals 

Green Education Resources and Project Ideas: 

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life 

Broader Community Sustainability Advocacy: 

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life 

Boston COEJL    Susie Davidson, Amelia Geggel  

Jewish Organizations Active with Environmental Issues 

US Environmental Organizations 

Israeli Environmental Issues and Organizations 


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