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Temple Emeth Earns Environmental Award

New Jersey Jewish Standard

Temple Emeth of Teaneck, NJ, graduates from the Water Shield program

Temple Emeth Earns Environmental Award

Paul Kaufman, left, with shul president Paula Dillon and Rabbi Steven Sirbu.


Temple Emeth in Teaneck received GreenFaith’s coveted Water Shield certificate when it fulfilled the program’s many requirements. Formal acceptance was during Kabbalat Shabbat services April 25. Paul Kaufman of Bergenfield, a member of the shul’s social action committee, spearheaded the synagogue-wide program, which was supported by congregational lay and staff members.


The GreenFaith Water Shield is a national designation signifying that a faith-based institution has taken steps — educational, spiritual, and practical — to conserve water, protect water quality, and mobilize its members and community to do the same.


Requirements for Emeth’s acknowledgement as a leader in the awareness and practice of water conservation included an analysis of its water usage, changes in its policies on purchasing water-using fixtures and appliances, and modification of some its water-using devices.


Educational requirements included classes and lectures for religious school students and congregants, advising them of the role of water in Jewish history and ritual, and of the threats to today’s supply of clean water from pollution and climate change.


Congregants were invited to sign the Household Water Pledge, promising to pay close attention to their water usage in both their indoor and outdoor properties.


As an environmental leader, Temple Emeth will advocate actively before government officials for preservation of local water quality, and it will continue to educate both congregants and community members on water issues of concern.


GreenFaith, headquartered in Highland Park, is a faith-based interfaith environmental organization that promotes environmental stewardship as a religious duty.

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