Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood offers a morning of Earth Day events for adults and children on Sunday, May 15, starting at 10:30 a.m. Rabbi Lawrence Troster of Teaneck, the keynote speaker, an eco-theologian and religious environmental leader, will discuss “Environmentalism and Jewish Values,” teaching how important it is for people of faith to take care of the earth. Breakout sessions will include practical steps that homeowners can take to implement these values.
Rabbi Troster is the founder of Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth, and he is the rabbinic scholar-in-residence at GreenFaith, New Jersey’s interfaith environmental coalition.
At 11:30, Nancy Gazda of Home Energy Solutions in Ridgewood will talk about the importance of home energy audits to reduce home energy use. Elaine Silverstein of NatureSurrounds, a Glen Rock-based horticulturist who specializes in environmentally friendly gardening techniques, will give steps homeowners can take to care for their lawns in a sustainable way to reduce stress on the land and water supply. Michelle Taormino, watershed ambassador for the Pascack River watershed, will share an interactive model with children to demonstrate where water comes from and how we can all help keep it clean.
For information, call (201) 444-9320 or go to www.synagogue.org.