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Social Justice

Torah does not just command us to give to the poor but to advocate on their behalf. We are told in Proverbs 31:9 to "speak up, judge righteously, champion the poor and the needy." We learn that tzedakah, helping fellow human beings in need, is not simply a matter of charity but of responsibility, righteousness, and justice. As Jews, we see a moral obligation to advocate for our children, the elderly, the poor, the disenfranchised, the sick, the disabled, and the "stranger among us."

Our congregation provides its members with many opportunities for tikkun olam (repairing the world) or chesed (acts of loving kindness). Our programs benefit the homeless, the hungry, and the impoverished. By reaching out to people in need, we not only help to repair the world, but we also strengthen our Jewish identity and provide an important example of our values for our children.

Environmental Responsibility

Judaism has a rich body of teachings that guide us to protecting the environment. Har HaShem supports these teachings with practical solutions within our facilities.

Refuse

We divert as much trash as possible from going to a landfill and instead direct it to recycling and composting programs. By utilizing compostable plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, and by diverting all food waste from a garbage bin into a compost bin, we are now successfully keeping tons of organic material out of the landfill. We are sensitive to the packaging materials that surround purchases we make and buy in bulk when practical to reduce the volume.

Water Consumption

We have reduced water consumption inside our buildings by installing low flow devices. We have reduced our landscape watering by choosing xeriscape plantings, installing root watering systems, and extending our use of well water.

Electricity and Gas Consumption

We have reduced our lighting energy consumption by installing LED lighting, energy-efficient ballasts, occupancy sensors, and lighting timers. In 2017, we installed solar photovoltaic systems to generate roughly 75% of our electricity needs. As a result, our buildings qualify for the EPA's ENERGY STAR building certification. 

Mon, October 22 2018 13 Cheshvan 5779