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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Join us for REZA: The Edge of Illusion, a fund-raiser at the Community Theatre, 100 South St., in Morristown, on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.
Linda Coppleson, one of only about half a dozen female scribes in the world who are actively engaged in Torah writing, shared the secrets of writing a Torah with donors to our Personal Giving Campaign.
Susan Neigher, longtime co-president of National Council of Jewish Women, West Morris Section, has received the prestigious Hannah G. Solomon Award, the highest honor in NCJW. The award is named for the organization’s founding mother, whose leadership motivated others to fight for needed social change over the past 125 years.
Rabbi Mark Biller, third from left, spiritual leader of Temple Gates of Prayer synagogue in Queens, New York, recently gave a fascinating three-part series, sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women, West Morris Section’s Our Jewish World program, titled “God’s Imperfect–And So Are We!”
Rabbi David Nesson, spiritual leader of Morristown Jewish Center–Beit Yisrael, led a thought-provoking three-part series titled, “Living an Ethical Life: An Encounter with Mussar.” His series was held at noon on Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, and May 14, at the Morris...