Going green for kiddushim
GOLDERS GREEN Synagogue held its first disposables-free Shabbat kiddush to mark World Environment Day.
The community dusted off its existing crockery and found sponsors to donate new glass kiddush cups and safe reusable cups for young congregants.
Through the new shul board’s environmental strategy, the intention is to become plastic-free by 2023 across the synagogue, nursery and office on the site.
The disposables-free kiddush was the idea of longstanding member Julian Goodkin, who also sponsored the new items, along with fellow congregant Dina Kaufman.
“I was inspired by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series, especially the episode about how much plastic there is in the ocean,” Mr Goodkin said.
“I just thought: ‘How can a shul, of all places, be adding to this?”
Added Naomi Verber, the new chair of the shul: “Our members have repeatedly expressed concern about the unnecessary waste caused by an overreliance on disposables.
“This simple change is not only good for the environment — it saves the shul money. A little washing up takes a fraction of the cost of buying huge amounts of disposables. All our kiddushim will be disposables-free from now on.”