Reverse Garage Sale 2018

It’s happening again! Your chance to declutter in a (relatively) environmentally friendly way. On Mitzvah Day, Sunday 18th November, you can bring anything on the list below that you no longer need to 37 Margaret St, Carnegie, from 10am to 2pm. We’ll arrange for items to be reused, repurposed or recycled. (See our Recycling page for what we do with them.)

  • Batteries
  • Bicycles
  • Bras & swimwear (new & used)
  • Children’s books, atlases (without USSR), dictionaries & encyclopedias from 2005 onward
  • Clothing in good condition, especially men’s clothing, women’s plus-sized clothing, sleepwear, clean, unstained bedding, shoes & socks (clean/near new)
  • Clothing, shoes, handbags, toys, accessories not in good condition
  • Computers & IT equipment, cables, printers, laptops, LCD screens, switches, tablets…
  • VCR, DVD & CD players, electronic games & toys, stereos, ipods
  • DVDs, CDs, VHS, cassette tapes & cases, floppy disks, printer cartridges, toner bottles
  • Cameras, video cameras, projectors
  • Fabric (pieces A4 or larger) & wool
  • Hearing aids
  • Glasses (sight & reading)
  • Light globes – incandescent, compact fluorescent, downlight & fluorescent tubes
  • Mobile phones, batteries, chargers & accessories
  • Musical instruments (guitars, violins, percussion, recorders, etc)
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Sporting equipment in good condition – sports shoes/boots, balls, bags, bats, racquets, gloves, helmets, etc
  • Toiletries or essentials (unopened) that anyone in need may require
  • Towels, blankets, flat sheets, pillowcases, pet accessories
  • Used stamps (from envelopes)
  • X-rays

Note that our Recycling page lists where you can take these and many other things at any time of the year.

If you’d like to help out on the day, email JECO with your preferred times.

Jewish values and organising more environmentally friendly events

JECO made its presence felt at Limmud Oz this year in a few ways. Firstly we provided the organisers with a suggested strategy for making Limmud more environmentally friendly, a strategy that we would encourage all organisations to take on board when running events:

  1. Any printing, photocopying etc to be done using recycled paper.
  2. Encourage all speakers and participants to bring their own refillable water bottles.
  3. Encourage people to bring ‘keep cups’ to use for tea/coffee and/or other drinks.
  4. Ask caterers to provide a discount for people who bring their keep cups for use when purchasing coffee.
  5. Caterers to be asked to have no plastic or polystyrene – cups, plates, cutlery or food wraps. (There are ample alternatives that are low-cost both financially and environmentally. JECO is happy to work with caterers to source these if necessary.)

JECO also organised a panel discussion on the topic, ‘What is the most important Jewish value to pass on to the next generation?’. This session, with panelists Shamir Caplan, Kathy Kaplan, Gary Samowitz and Deborah Stone, was very well received by the 70 or so people in the audience. If you missed it, or would like to hear it again, you can watch a youtube of the session at our new JECO ‘channel’ at


Environmental sessions at Limmud Oz

Sunday, June 10 • 10:45am – 11:45am
What is the most important Jewish value to pass on to the next generation?
If you could just pass on one Jewish value to your children, what would it be? Our four panelists – Rabbi Shamir Caplan, Stand Up’s Gary Samowitz, founder of Impact for Women Kathy Kaplan OAM, and award-winning journalist Deborah Stone – will each give their views on the Jewish value that they see as the most important one to pass on to future generations.
Speakers: Shamir Caplan; Kathy Kaplan; Gary Samowitz; Deborah Stone. Moderator: Evelyn Flitman

Sunday, June 10 • 1:30pm – 2:30pm
The politics of Tikun Olam – repairing the world? It isn’t easy being green… or is it?
Tikun Olam in modern Jewish circles, has become synonymous with pursuit of social justice. Please join Steph, Abe, Tim and Sivan in conversation about their experiences of grassroots activism and advocacy – through media, national climate change campaigns, local government projects and personal responsibility. In the words of Rabbi Hillel “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”
Speakers: Sivan Barak; Tim Baxter; Stephanie Hodgins-May; Avraham Schwarz

Monday, June 11 • 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Tikkun Olam: Saving the world, one coffee cup at a time
Midrash Kohelet Rabbah 7:13 says ‘see to it that you don’t spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there’ll be no one else to repair it.’ There are many things that we as individuals can do to reduce destruction and help repair the world. Come and explore some simple steps we can all take to reduce our negative impacts on our world, and start to repair some of the damage that’s already happened.
Speaker: Evelyn Flitman

To sign up for Limmud Oz go to

Developing your own edible & sustainable garden

Eva Light has given many sell-out talks to Glen Eira residents. Follow this link to see her in action.

In this event she opens up her edible and sustainable garden and passes on tips on how you can set up your own.

When?  Sunday 13 May 2018 at 10:00am
Where? Address in Caulfield will be sent following registration for this event.

To register for this event go to

Celebrate Tu B’Shvat – Sunday Feb. 4

St Kilda Botanical Gardens is right on our doorstep, but have you ever noticed what makes it so special? On Sunday 4th February from 3-4:30pm our guide will reveal its history and hidden gems during a 90 minute walk that promises to be engaging for adults and children alike.
Bookings essential – book through:
Meet at The Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda
Adults $10. Concession $5. Under 10s free.
For more information contact Tammy on 0409 557 557

Sunday 3rd December: Guarding the Galilee

Join us at 5pm this Sunday 3rd December for a short AGM, followed by a screening of:

… at the Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda (cnr Herbert St, on the NW corner of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens).

Getting there: (parking can be tricky!) Take tram 3, 16, 67, 78, 79 or 96 and get off at tram stop intersection St Kilda Rd/Carlisle St.

Port Phillip EcoCentre location


St Kilda Repair Cafe this Sunday!

JECO has teamed up with the Port Phillip EcoCentre (PPEC) to set up the St Kilda Repair Cafe. This will run on the second Sunday of each month (except January) from 2-5pm at the PPEC, 55A Blessington St, St. Kilda (corner Herbert St), starting from Sunday 12th November. To find out more about this exciting initiative, go to the St Kilda Repair Cafe website.