Tu B’Shvat Sameach

Tu B’Shvat falls this year on the night of Sunday 24th January, and the day of Monday the 25th. It is a lovely festival of great environmental significance.

Named for the 15th day of the month of Shevat, this festival is known as the New Year of the Trees or the Trees’ Birthday. In the Middle East the first almond blossoms have opened and the sap in the trees is beginning to rise. For this festival there are traditional activities, blessings and a number of Tu B’Shevat seders to follow. For Jews this is an obvious time in the year to celebrate nature and affirm our relationship to the Earth.

Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut – Great Israeli Green Innovations

Israel has always been one of the world leaders in environmental technology and in 2014 even came top of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index


To celebrate Yom Haatzmaut (Israel’s independence day, on Wednesday this week), JECO has put together a list of five great green Israeli innovations.

Do let us know of any other suggestions you may have.

1. Bio-bee-biological pest control and fertilization from Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu


2. Drip Irrigation developed in 1965 by Kibbutz Hatzerim


3. Solar power station which can function even when dark


4. Dud Shemesh – solar water heater. Israel didn’t invent this but perfected the technology and is one of the world’s leading users.


5. Elya recycling – Upcycles used plastics to make good quality bags and other fashion accessories.




JECO AGM Sunday 30th November

The JECO AGM will take place on Sunday, 30th November from 2:30 – 4:30 at the Lamm Library. The special guest speaker will be Brett Hedger, the City of Port Phillip Greenhouse Programs Officer. Brett will share a range of stories, anecdotes, facts and figures gathered over many years of environmental work with a strong focus on energy efficiency and waste management. Brett will provide insight to the challenges he has faced and the actions he has taken to make his community and workplace more in tune with the natural world. On a daily basis Brett puts himself, his family, his community and his workplace to test, so come along and hear the inside story about this important quest.

Mitzvah Day November 16th

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JECO is partnering with Recycling is Fun to help prepare and pack craft kits for free distribution to hospitals in Australia and Israel. Come in even for an hour to join us for this meaningful Mitzvah. Why not bring all the family (children to grandparents) anytime between 1.30 pm and 5.00 pm at 37 Capella Crescent, Moorabbin. Please let us know if you will be attending by emailing info@jeco.org.au.

Free Bike Riding Skills Course

Get your bike out of storage and learn to ride. Great activity for the school holidays for ages 12+. This is a free course run by the City of Port Phillip. Classes are small so there is lots of individual attention. Register here.

Sunday, July 13, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, St Kilda Primary School

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Presentation at JECO’s AGM

If you weren’t able to attend JECO’s annual general meeting in November you can have a look at Eli Court’s (ClimateWorks Australia) presentation on “Carbon Emissions: All You Need to Know” here.