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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 19, 2009 Jewish on Earth By Martin Westerman What we can learn from people who live on an island The mountain near Ben-Gurion Airport looks like the base o( an Egyptian pyramid. But it's neither ancient nor made of stone. It's Hiria landfill--more than 560 million cubic feet of garbage collected on 2,000 acres since 1952, from the Tel Aviv/Yafo metro area. And it illustrates the massive environmental challenges fac- ing the 7.2 million people who live on this "island" called Israel. We all live on islands: Earth is an island of life in space, continents are islands on Earth, and downscale from there are Countries, cities and the propel'ties we eail "home.':Is-' landers pushing against resource limits must act to survive, or become extinct. Israelis, pressured to live within Mother Nature's means, are showing ingenuity that ~can instruct all of us facing similar challer/ges. Before 1993, Hiria was the largest of 77 unregulated dumps, open from Haifa to Eilat. Then. Israel's Ministry of Environ- mental Protection (MEP) began closing them, and starting a program Of source reduction, education, and regional landfill openings that helped cut Israel's solid waste output in half by 2007. Because most of Israel's waste is made up of organics (43 percent), paper/cardboard (22 percent), and plastic (14 percent), MEP is increasing dump fees and offering grants to "'incentivize" recycling and composting. Today, MEP and environmental groups have turned Hiria into Ariel Sharon National Park. an environmental education and experimental center, with miles of bicycle and hiking trails, a transfer station to the new Beersheva landfill, and a methane capture system that supplies fuel to a nearby textile factory. EcoTraders and others are brokering international carbon offset deals on Hiria. and on new forests Jewish National Fund is planting. The Society for Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), Israel's largest eco-group, lobbies for sustainable development, and to secure 30 percent of Israel's Mediterranean coastline as nature reserve. Other groups litigate pollution and civil rights cases, educate, save animals and push for food. energy and water security. These are urgent matters. This year, Israel is projected to consume 52.8 billion gallons more water than it can supply. Its National Iflfrastructure Ministry (NIM) has imposed restrictions and raised fees on water use throughout the country, and distributed low-flow faucet and shower equipment to 1.2 million households. The country recycles about 60 percent of its sewage water, widely uses drip irrigation, computer water-metering, water retention polymers, and organic agricultural methods such as no-till planting and integrated pest management. JNF is funding reservoir construction, and "new water" is being collected from rain and "mined" from the sea--desalination plants provide 15 percent of the country's potable water. But even a"water footprint" half the size of the U.S. (367;,463 gallons/year vs. 655,939), and just 10 percent more than the global average (328,365 gallons/year--see Footprint Network at http://www.footprintnetwork.org), is too big for an indus- trialized society in an arid region. The bigger question: What is the optimum "ecological footprint," or per capita area of Earth's resources, needed to support Israel? At 5.0 hectares/ person, Israel's footprint comes in below the high-income countries' average (6.5), but above the low-income countries' (1.0). Environmental think tanks such as the Rocky Mountain and Wuppertal Institutes assert that industrialized societies can improve their efficiencies by four to ten times. If so, Israel could reduce its eco-footprint dramatically, and still maintain its current standard of living. Supplying cheap, abundant energy is the big challenge. More than 90 percent of Israel is currently powered by imported coal and oil, less than 3 percent with alternative energy, and the remainder by natural gas. But huge changes are afoot. Solar water heating panels have been required on buildings since 1983, and save the country two million barrels ofoil ayear, but last year, Knesset passed a green building initiative, and a Feed-in Tariff (FIT), which obligates electricity utilities to buy "green" electricity at above-market rates. These will help cut resource consumption, and stimulate development of promis- ing new ventures such as the algae-biofuels farm offshore of Ashkelon; the Sollel turbine, soon to debut in California as the world's largest solar plant, and the ZenithSolar Z20 solar co- generation concentrator, which produces thermal and electrical energy, and makes solar power cost-competitive with fossil fuels. Israel will need the electric power, as it plans to install the world's first electric Car network by 2011. To get its 2.1 million petrol-fueled cars off its 10,000 miles of roads, cut air pollution and its dependence on foreign oil now. it's also continuing to expand its taxi. bus. urban transit and commuter rail systems. Israel runs with this breathtaking ambition and pace to survive, not change the world. But if we "big islanders" in North America acted with the same intensity to cut our eco- footprints, with 335 million people, and 47 times more global impact, we could change the course of global climate change. And in the bargain, guarantee our nations' survival, too. Martin Westerman teaches, writes and advises on the busi- ness of sustainable living. He is a member of Congregation Kol HaNeshemah in Seattle. You can e-mail questions about eco- living, carbon and eco-foot-printing, green building, and other sustainable living matters to him at artartart@seanet.com. HelpDirectOrlando supports education One of the priorities of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando is to support Jew- ish education and identity programs for children and youth. For over two decades studies have shown that there is a direct impact be- tween participation in Jewish summer camps, Jewish Day School and other forms of formal and informal Jewish education and involvement in the Jewish community during adulthood. For this reason the Jewish Federation's HelpDirectOrlando campaign is focusing on directly sup- porting programs at risk of being significantly downsized or eliminateff that deal with unique Jewish experiences for children, youth and college students. During these difficult eco- nomic times, many children may not be able to continue to get the benefit of the JCC's nurturing early childhood center or summer camps. The same might happen for many families in the Orlando area who might be unable to take advantage of a Jewish day school education. Through HelpDirectOrlando, donors will be able to provide schol- arships while investing in the future of the community. For teens, Belt Hamidrash is the only program in the Central Florida commu- nity offering regular Jewish educational opportunities. Answers from 06/12/2009 HelpDirectOrlando plans to focus on strengthening this program and creating more opportunities for enrollment. There are also programs featured that focus on keeping college students connected to their Jewish roots and identi- ties. Over the past year, Hillel provided more than 1,600 Shabbat experiences to stu- dents at UCF and Rollins. Hil- lel provides multiple options for worship, from traditional to the agnostic "anti-service service," but Hillel brings everyone together for a tradi- tional meal and meaningful conversation. A single good Shabbat experience is often the first step in a student's Jewish journey. Without immediate aid for next year, Hillel will have lost the most successful tool for creating Jewish memories and strengthening Jewish identity in college. After college, the Federation support continues into programs such as Or Hadash, the next generation of young professionals, and helps prepare them to step into their future roles as leaders in the Orlando community by reaching young Jewish adults at a time in their lives when their personal life decisions will shape their individual Jewish journeys. The Jewish Federation says it ufiderstands the importance of strongly supporting a wide spectrum of programs that are designed to enrich Jewish life at all stages. HelpDirectOrlando. org makes it possible for each member of the Orlando com- munity to become a vital part of keeping these programs alive and vibrant. To make a donation to any of these programs, go to www. HelpDirectOrlando.org or call Emely K~tz at the Jewish Fed- eration of Greater Orlando at 407-645-5933, ext. 239. What a card Evan Ludin plays cards with Pearl Schiffer, a resident of Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs. Students who need community service hours over the summer can volunteer with the Jewish Pavilion. Any day of the week is a good day to visit seniors in long-term care. Call 407- 678-9363 to get involved with the Pavilion. PAGE 7A Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at www.JewishCelebration.org; 407-566-9792. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354- 3660; Shabbat Services Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. Monday and Thursday 8 &m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), I190 H.ighway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Cbabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644-2500; www.chabadorlando.org.; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a_m.; Family service 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407- 830,7211; www.bet-chaim.org; services: Friday, 8 p.m.; family service 1st Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. at Summerville Assisted Living Facility. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407- 862-3505; Shabbat service, 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave., West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2rid & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 2205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; services: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352- 326-3692; www.BethSholomFlorida.org; schedule of services onwebsite. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at SoCial Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 Maximillian St.,Deltona; 386-804-8283; www.mybethshalom.com; services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. CongregationB'naiTorah(C),403N.NovaRd..OrmondBeach,32174, 386-672-1174: Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubaviteh of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbal services Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407- 645-0444; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. ist Friday; 8 p.m. 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m. 4th and 5th Fridays. Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 GoddardAve., Orlando, 407-298- 4650; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:00a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, corn; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at various residences. Congregation ShalomAieiehem (R), 3501 OakPointeBlvd.,Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shahbat service, 8 p.m., 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushalyim (O), 9869 Kilgore Rd., Orlando, 407-928-8972; Services: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday Minha 7:30 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Congregation Sinai (C), Jenkius~Auditorium, West Monlrose and 7th St., Clermont: Services on second and last Friday of the month at 8 p.m. 352-243-5353. New Jewish Congregation (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352- 748-1800; Shabbat Services every Friday of the Month: 7:30 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shahbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R),P.O. Box 031233, W'mterHaven, 813 -324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386-445- 3006; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254- 6333; Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), II09N.E. 8thAve. Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, I0:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055; www. fiflorida.org; services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321-631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. PeninsniaAve., Daytona Beach, 386-252 -3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m;; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), I001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386- 736-1646; Social Hour, 6 p.m.; ShabSat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386- 789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: I0 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (R); Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Most Fridays at Carillon Elementary School, 3200 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo. Call 407-366-3556 for information. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (0) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstruc.tionist