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Eco Shabbat

5/6 November 2021

Eco Shabbat is taking place across Jewish communities of all denominations in this country and beyond. It has been scheduled to coincide with COP 26, perhaps the most important gathering ever for the future of our planet, which is taking place over the next two weeks in Glasgow. (Israel is sending one of the largest delegations).

Check out NNLS and Masorti Judaism on Facebook for updates from Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg at COP26.

Here are articles and videos from Masorti rabbis:
  • Read Rabbi Jonathan's prayer for COP here
  • Read Rabbi Jonathan's piece in yesterday's The Guardian here.
  • Read articles by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet on the Masorti Judaism website here and here.
  • Rabbi Oliver Joseph has recorded a video with Rabbi Jonathan that you can watch on his YouTube channel.
  • Rabbi Jonathan has filmed a Dvar Torah on Toldot for the EcoSynagogue YouTube channel. 
See below for what you can do.

Eco Shabbat Events

Tuesday 2nd November at 9.30pm

Live Broadcast on Facebook by Rabbi Jonathan from COP26
Rabbi Wittenberg reports live from COP in Glasgow, where he will have spent the day at the EcoSynagogue stand. If you missed it, you can still watch the video here.

Friday 5th November at 3.15pm

See Shalom NNLS for link to join our pre-Shabbat service, with its focus on God’s earth, our only home.

Shabbat 6th November

Enjoy a vegan kiddush with Rabbi Jonathan’s freshly pressed apple juice and other vegetarian treats. After the service we will dedicate the plaque by our ancient olive tree.

Monday 8th November at 8.00pm

Join Rabbi Jonathan on a panel with West London Synagogue. Click here for info about the panelists and click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Join Our Raffle

Buy tickets here to win one of 8 prizes, which include:
  • a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi’s acclaimed cookbook ‘Plenty’;
  • a £25 gift voucher for Wefil;
  • Large Seasonal vegbox from Riverford Organic;
  • a fruit tree of your choice for the garden;
  • a year’s membership of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (with its great magazine);
  • a year’s membership of The Woodland Trust (with its great magazine).
All proceeds from tickets will go to, through which we have already planted almost 8,000 trees in the UK, and to support women’s groups in Uganda and Kenya.

What We Can All Do At Home

At Your Table: Shabbat Dinner

Make a vegan or vegetarian Shabbat meal. Click here for suggested menu and great recipes and look out for videos on our Facebook group. (We don’t all need to go fully veggie, but we do need to cut our meat consumption)

In the Garden

Plant insect and bird friendly plants. Buddlaia, the ‘butterfly bush’ is easy and great to plant now. So is leaving a corner with nettles, and a pile of dead logs and twigs. Sunflowers are super too, and children love them; sow them in the spring. Include a bug hotel, and a bird feeder – the visiting birds bring joy. For more ideas and how to do them click here.

The Most Important Thing Is ‘Talk About It’

Watch an inspiring programme about the state of the earth and what we can do for biodiversity and climate justice. Then discuss it with family and friends.
We recommend:
  1. Climate Change – The facts
  2. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
  3. Before the Flood

Tree planting Opportunities

Date: Sunday 21st November 
Time: 10am - 2pm 
Location: Newton Park, Harrow HA2 9JU 

Date: Sunday 28th November 
Time: 10am - 2pm 
Location: Hainault Forest, Essex IG7 4QN
Click here for details
Email Louise to sign up.
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