Considering the Environment

on Thursday, 20 December 2012. Posted in Environmental Teaching

New Environmental Curriculum for the Kurn Religious School

"One generation goes and another comes, but the earth remains forever."(Ecclesiastes 1:4)

Suggested Discussion Questions:

  1. What is our responsibility to maintain the earth for future generations?
  2. What does it mean that the earth remains the same forever? Is this true? Must we sustain it or can it sustain itself?

(adapted from American Jewish World Service's

As we embark on the questions above, my goal as the Youth Education Director is to mirror the values of our larger Temple Emanu-El community. This, of course, becomes easier when we share similar values. With the help of dedicated lay leaders including Jerry Shulman and the Men's Club, Micki Shulman, Sol Brody, Scott Arden, Mona Gibson and the Youth Education Committee, I am embarking on creating a Jewish Environmental Curriculum to utilize within the Kurn Religious School. Here is a plan of how we will be moving forward:

  • Opening/TefillahWeekly blog based on Sunday's teaching and email link home in News You Can Use emails

    • 3 minute teachings each Sunday morning
    • sharing an action plan for how to take that teaching home (show and tell)
  • Monthly – Students will have an experiential lesson to incorporate environmental teaching from a Jewish perspective

  • Two classes (grades 4 and 5) will have outside fieldtrips to experience Jewish Environmental teachings. (Spring 2013)

  • Encourage Trash to Treasure Mentality with teachers and students for class and art projects

  • Create library with books that support the teachings and environmental consciousness

While I am focusing on teaching our students during Religious School, all of these Jewish and universal teachings will be accessible through my blog each Monday morning following Sunday morning classes. May the many Jewish teachings become a springboard for walking more gently on our earth. As Jews and human beings we can make a difference.

Together through our learning, we are planting seeds in our children's minds to keep our earth.



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