PLANT, LEARN, GROW ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES AT CBI SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013 AT 11:15 AM

PLANT, LEARN, GROW  ENVIRONMENTAL SERIES AT CBI SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2013 AT 11:15 AM

 

Interested in the environment, recycling or the issue of sustainability? On Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 11:15 am, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) will host the first of a five-part learning series called Plant, Learn, Grow.  The first event will include a 20 minute film entitled “The Story of Stuff” followed by a workshop and thought-provoking discussion about resources, garbage and the Jewish principle of “bal tashcit,” which teaches one not to waste or commit needless destruction of the environment.  Free and open to all students in grades 8 through 12, the 2 hour program includes bagels, coffee and juice.

“We are so fortunate to have received a grant from Hazon, a Jewish international organization devoted to environmental education and advocacy, to fund this learning series,” explains Susan Alderson, Youth Director at CBI.  “We hope to inspire all students in our area to understand more about where our food comes from, environmental sustainability and the challenge of living healthily.”

The learning series will continue on December 15, 2013. “The event on December 15 will be  geared towards students in middle school, grades 5 through 7, on a similar theme, ” said Alderson. “Other programs will follow, concluding in March with a family program,” said Alderson.  “All of the events will engage the attendees in a conversation about how we, as people, are connected to our natural world. We will ask the question how do Jewish teachings relate to the complex choices involved in how we manage our resources, food and contemporary lives?”

More detailed Information about the Plant, Learn, Grow series will be posted at the synagogue website. To register for the November 3 or December 15 event, contact Alderson at youthdirector@cbirumson.org or 732-842-1800 x210.

Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 171 Ridge Road, at the intersection of Hance and Ridge Roads in Rumson, New Jersey. Serving the Jewish community for over 90 years, the synagogue serves as a spiritual home for families in Monmouth County, provides religious education for preschoolers to adults and hosts social and civic functions for the community.  For more information about CBI, contact Director, Emilie Kovit Meyer at 732-842-1800 x203 or go to www.cbirumson.org.