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Green Your Congregation
Find Chanukah-related programs for your home, congregation & religious school, and learn how you can install a solar-powered Ner Tamid.

Green Your Building

Learn how to conduct a simple energy audit, follow room-by-room and "conservation category guides" to a greener synagogue, and see what other URJ synagogues are doing to go green too!

Let There Be (Renewable) Light

COEJL has Chanukah-related programs for the home, congregation and religious school including readings for candle lighting; “8 Days and 8 Actions,” a checklist for conserving energy; Jewish texts on climate change; a “Chanukah Energy Scavenger Hunt”; and many other resources. Visit this useful resource for all ages!

“Rededicate” Your Temple by Installing a Solar-Powered Ner Tamid

The name Chanukah means dedication, coming from the Maccabees’ rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, symbolized by the ner tamid (eternal flame). Follow in this tradition of rededicating the sanctuary by installing a solar powered ner tamid that can demonstrate your synagogue’s commitment to energy conservation. Temple Emanuel of Kensington, MD designed and installed a solar ner tamid. Rabbi Warren Stone explains that the solar ner tamid serves “to teach Jewish concern for the earth and our responsibility for using resources wisely.”

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