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Hanukkah: Environment: Program Ideas


The best way to green your community is to take action. To do that, you need to be informed. Here are a few ideas:

  • Be InformedSignup to receive RACnews and our Legislative Action Alerts, which will help you keep up on current environmental news and policy. 
  • Green your Investments: Invest in companies that have sound environmental practices or that provide renewable sources of energy.

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 Hanukkah-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 “Hanukkah Energy Scavenger Hunt”; and many other resources.

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

The name Hanukkah 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.” 

Promote Energy Conservation at Home 

Follow these simple tips on everything from purchasing energy-friendly appliances to making green investments.

Green Your Hanukkah Gift-Giving

Practice what you preach by not only living green but by giving green, too!