Practical Proposals

Part of the mission of The Gendler Grapevine Project is to support replicable and inspiring projects. Below we provide step-by-step guides on how you can replicate our projects at your own camp, synagogue, organization, business, or even home.

Garden and Land Projects

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community’s Outdoor Synagogue Project
Camp Shemesh’s Garden Expansion and Environmental Programming
Camp Solomon Schechter’s Teva Learning Center
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center’s Cycles of Seven – Educational Ritual Garden
Jewish Theological Seminary’s Green Team Terrace Garden and Eco-Sanctuary
Netiya’s Ramat Zion Urban Orchard
Shir Tikvah’s Sacred Grounds Project

Internal Organizational Sustainability Projects

Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake’s Low-flow Toilet Project
Eden Village Camp’s T.I.R.E. (Tire Inflation for the Retrieval of Energy) Project at Eden Village Camp
Hebrew Union College-JIR NY’s Greening Initiative
JCC Camp Chi’s Reusable Dishware Project
Ramah in the Rockies’ Solar Hot Water System

Developing Environmental and Social Justice Activities

Camp Coleman’s Sustainability Shabbat
Congregation Rodeph Shalom’s Common Ground Market: Teen Programming
JCC Chicago’s Outdoor Shabbat and Holiday Program
Marks Jewish Community House’s “Green and Me” Project
New Roots’ Gendler Grapevine Fresh Stop Market at the J
New Roots’ Interfaith Preschool Project
Temple Sinai DC’s Open Door Project
Temple Sinai DC’s Civil Rights South Trek

Environmental and Social Justice Curriculum Development

Beth Am’s Coming-of-Age Education Initiative
Congregation B’nai Israel’s People of the Earth: Moving Abundance Farm Towards the Center of CBI Congregational Life
Camp JCA Shalom’s Gendler Grapevine Fellowship Program
Rabbinical School of Hebrew College’s Tikvah: The Jewish Eco-Ritual Lab
IKAR and Shalhevet High School’s Gan Shelanu
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s course: Rabbis as Activist Leaders for Environmental Sustainability and Justice
Wilderness Torah’s Wilderness Torah Training Institute
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s Jewish-Muslim Dialogue
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School’s Shechita Fellowship

Greening Faith

There are many ways to green your faith. Below are a couple of examples of ways to transform the connection between Judaism and nature into action.

Solar Ner Tamid

Pe’ah Garden


For other ideas and ways to reduce your impact on the environment, see the UJA-Federation of New York Network Greening Initiative’s “The Greening Guide.”