Sunday 5th March – Clean up Australia Day
Join us to help clean up and preserve the environment. A clean area, free of litter, provides a healthy and positive environment for day-to-day activities.
Where? Meet at the corner of Sinclair and Selwyn St, Elsternwick
When? From 10am to 12 noon
The area we have chosen to clean up includes a number of iconic community facilities – Holocaust Centre, Kadimah, Classic Cinema – as well as the vibrant shopping centre along Glenhuntly Rd.
Rubbish bags and gloves will be provided.
For more information or to register, go to http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/Elsternwick+backstreets
|Sunday 12th February – 10:30am
In honour of Tu Bishvat (New Year of the Trees)
Permaculture for Everyone?
Presented by Julian Waksberg*
1 Cranham St, Caulfield
Gold coin donation requested
Please let us know if you are thinking of coming so we can organise enough seating – email Contact us.
*Julian has been extensively exploring the world of sustainability in all its forms for over a decade. These adventures have taken him to studying sustainable farming systems in Northern New South Wales, Japan, India, Israel and right here in Melbourne.
If you missed our Mitzvah Day Reverse Garage Sale in November 2016, don’t despair. We’ll probably run another one in 2017, but if you can’t wait that long, go to our Recycling stuff tab to see where you can take things yourself.
Reuse – Repurpose – Recycle
What? Bring any of the following that you no longer need:
In good condition:
- Bicycles (in reasonable condition)
- Bras, swimwear and cloth nappies
- Children’s books
- Clothing, especially children’s clothing and shoes
- Hearing aids
- Make up and nice toiletries
- Mobile phones
- Musical instruments
- Pots and pans – large, clean
- Sporting equipment
In any condition:
- Batteries (all except car batteries)
- Computers and IT equipment
- Pairs of glasses (spectacles)
- Towels, blankets, flat sheets, pillowcases, pet accessories
- Used stamps (from envelopes)
When? Between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 27th November (Mitzvah Day)
Where? 1/6 Ulupna Rd, Ormond
Why? We will be arranging for these to be reused, repurposed or recycled
How? See the details in the Recycling stuff tab of this website.
Don’t bin it! Put it aside and bring it to us on Mitzvah Day.
Please join us at G-Store – 1095 Dandenong Rd, East Malvern – at 7:30pm on Sunday 6th November for our (brief) AGM to be followed by a ‘show and tell’ by Dion Epstein, Managing Director, G-Store, demonstrating:
- Environmentally sustainable living products
- How to increase energy independence in affordable ways
- Israeli irrigation innovation.
As well as this being a great chance to meet like-minded people in our community and see what G-store has to offer, we have a number of environmental products to give away to all who attend.
… and why not nominate yourself for the JECO committee: Nomination form.doc
Join us afterwards for a yummy supper – please BYO keep cup!
A recent survey conducted by the Jewish Ecological Coalition at the In One Voice festival in Melbourne, indicates that protecting the planet is high on the list of concerns for the Jewish community. The full report can be found on our Resources page.
JECO in conjunction with B’nai B’rith Unit Gesher presents:
Can we afford to go for zero carbon emissions?
Can we afford not to?
A talk by David Rothfield
climate activist and volunteer presenter for Beyond Zero Emissions
When? Sunday 11th September 2016 at 7:15 sharp
Where? Private home in Carnegie – phone or email for details
How much? Gold coin donation
Enquiries: Contact us or call 0402 894 968
Some more questions around the climate change debate
A fascinating, thought-provoking and contentious Shabbat afternoon of study at
31-37 Harp Rd, Kew East (Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism).
Shabbat Service 10am. Pot Luck vegetarian lunch 12:30pm. Debate 1:30pm. Free entry.
There will be time for questions after each presentation.
Note: This activity is being run by Leo Baeck Centre but should be of interest to JECO subscribers.
Going to Limmud Oz this Sunday? Come along to our session at 12:00pm at Caulfield Monash in H116 to hear our panel – Grant Blashki, Shamir Caplan, Keren Harel-Gordon and Jonathan Keren-Black – discuss ‘A time to waste or a time to save?’.
This is inspired by the quote from the 13th century Sefer haChinuch, which says that righteous Jews “do not allow the loss of even a grain of mustard, being distressed at the sight of any loss or destruction”.
We live in a place and era in which material resources are abundant but in which we struggle to find the time to meet our professional, religious and social commitments. Is it, therefore, acceptable to create material waste, eg use disposable plastic goods, in our quest to save time?
For more information about Limmud Oz go to http://www.limmudoz.com.au/
Hope to see you there!
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.