The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
Sea Level Rise Higher Ground Initiative
Sea Level Rise presents major challenges for South Florida – and, by extension, all coastal areas of North America, and beyond. A significant percentage of the American Jewish population lives within ten miles of a coastline.
Therefore, Temple Solel began by educating themselves and the community about the nature of the problem, its impact across a variety of areas (e.g. ecosystems, human health, property), and possible ways to mitigate the problem.
The program began with a series of presentations by experts on different aspects of SLR. Temple Solel explored the local impact of Sea Level Rise firsthand (King Tide Tour) and have begun efforts as a group to directly contribute to solutions – for example helping plant sea oats with the YeaFrog group to prevent beach damage by storms and rising seas.
Community Contact Information
Kickoff community forum on Sea Level Rise event: “Matzah Won’t Rise but the Sea Will”
Monthly meetings and presentations through SLR Solutions group begin
Startup of Higher Ground Initiative group
Creation of SLR Solutions Youth Group
Development of logo by SLR Solutions Youth Group
Fall King Tide Tour – visiting areas in East Hollywood, FL that flood during King Tides
Creation of SLR King Tide Photography Instagram Contest by SLR Solutions Youth Group
SLR Shabbat including a vegetarian potluck dinner before services, and a sermon on connections between SLR and Parshat Noach. HGI created and distributed sermonic and study material to its member congregations.
Award recognition of the King Tide photography contest by SLR Solutions Youth Group
Demonstration of the “Eyes on the Rise” Sea Level Rise website tool that shows local impact of SLR on South Florida’s geography
Presentation to SEACCAR: “Sea Level Rise and the Southeast Jewish Community” This presentation successfully recruited more rabbis and congregations for the HGI.
Dune Restoration planting, Hollywood Beach with Youth Environmental Alliance (YEAfrog)
Development of Passover-SLR Seder links
GreenFaith Energy Shield weekend with Green Shabbat and Speaker Delaney Reynolds (Sink or Swim Project. The event’s goal is to get additional support to Green the temple and to encourage temple members to pledge to become more sustainable at home.
Planning of participation in People’s Climate March in Miami
Launch of an HGI Covenant for Congregations