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Looking toward springtime, renewal, and rejuvenation, our Section will hold a special Wellness Retreat on Sunday, March 15 (snow date: March 22), at Anew Dawn Beauty & Balance, 124 Morris Turnpike (corner of Sussex Turnpike), in Randolph.
It’s a special mitzvah to beautify and lend special significance to each mitzvah we perform. The rabbis dubbed this “hiddur mitzvah,” the enhancement and illumination of a commandment. Our talented life member, Lesley Frost, exemplified this practice by working with five other women to create these two beautiful appliquéd Torah mantles for her synagogue, Adas Israel, in Washington, DC.
Everyone had a great time at our Latke Challenge & Hanukkah Bazaar, held at the lovely home of Sharon & Les Feigin. Latke judges Ilene Dorf Manahan and Donna Gross sampled all the latke offerings. Results? A tie! EXCELLENCE from all entrants!
As we consider reducing our use of plastics, paper, cardboard, and glass are probably the first alternatives that come to mind and each raises questions we should consider. Production of new paper and cardboard starts by cutting down trees and this impacts the amount...
This question was not on the radar before China stopped taking our plastic trash. The Chinese ban has been copied by other countries and the US is left with an enormous supply of potential recyclable material. We are motivated to put our plastics in the recycling bin because we want to protect the environment, but whether that plastic bottle is recycled to become something else not only depends on us but on market changes and business cycles.
Photos of seals struggling to survive with plastic rings around their necks, and turtles pierced by plastic drinking straws or drowning in discarded fishing nets are horrific and have spurred efforts to clean up the plastic pollution that exists worldwide. Many of us are making changes to reduce our use of plastic, but we have been too complacent and now plastic pollution impacts us directly.
Mark your calendars for NCJW, West Morris Section’s 2019–2020 Our Jewish World Clergy Learning Series. Our Jewish World is coordinated by Melanie Levitan and Ilene Dorf Manahan. All clergy learning series are held at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany. And preregistration is required for all of them. To preregister, email email@example.com.
Are we witnessing a bug apocalypse? Bugs, insects of all kinds, are just disappearing. Biologists estimate that numbers of bugs, such as beetles and bees, have declined significantly in the last 35 years. The data on specific insect numbers is patchy, and pinpointing the causes of decline is difficult, but the overall picture indicates a serious decline is occurring.