Recent events

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 Waksberg

*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.

Reverse Garage Sale – start collecting now!

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.

Sustainability options for your home + AGM at G-Store – Sunday 6th November

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!

Survey report

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.

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.