Go­ing green for kid­dushim

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.”

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