Save the date – Sunday 11th September

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?

CO2 footprint

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


Saturday July 23, 2016

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.


Mannie Gross Mannie Gross, Co-President at the Leo Baeck Centre, has been following the issue of climate change in the scientific literature and the media since the late 1980s, and in our first session he will explain why he is comfortable to be described as a ‘skeptic’ and what moral questions concern him about the issues.
David Karoly David Karoly, Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne will be sharing his opinions and experience on these questions. Professor Karoly is a member of the Climate Change Authority, and an internationally recognised expert in climate change and climate variability. He was a Review Editor of the chapter ‘Australasia’ in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report released in 2014.

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.

Join our session at Limmud Oz

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

Hope to see you there!

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.,_ecoya,_recycled_handbag,_eco_gift,_recycled_plastic_bag,_eco_friendly,eco_fashion,unique_gift,green_technologies/



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