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1 ' , IIIIMN3111 illlllll!lllUlJ/ltl.Jl.._A . 1. JMMML II MM.W IIllmllMmllMll m HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 17, 2009 PAGE 7A By Martin Westerman Reducing your carbon footprint, Jewishly Are we making progress toward tikkun olam (healing the earth), or aren't we? And if so, how do we know? Those questions struck Seattle photographer Yoram Benet last year, when he took the Sierra Club's pledge to reduce his CO 2 output by 2 percent in 2008, and realized he had no way to tell if he was accomplishing the goal or not. As social justice chair of the Kavana Cooperative, he met community activist Rabbi Zari Weiss, who was looking for good ways to en- gage the Jewish community in carbon reduction. They hatched the Jewish Climate Challenge, on the Web at http://www.rodeftzedek.org/ home/jcc/. The two cornerstones of the effort are an easy-to- use, online tracking tool (http://www.carbonsalon. net/), co-developed by Benet and a technical team, which enables participants to track month-by-month progress, and measure it against re- gional, state and U.S. carbon output averages; and Carbon Salons (http://carbonsalon. net/about), groups of house- holds and individuals who pledge to reduce their CO2 output by at least 2 per- cent each year and support each other in getting there, through periodic meetings and idea brainstorming. Rabbi Weiss and a large com- mittee run the outreach and marketing efforts. The challenge begs two questions: 1. Why carbon footprint reduction? and, 2. How can Jews, fewer than half of I percent of the U.S. population, make any difference? 1. Your "carbon footprint" is the sum of all CO2 emis- sions that your fossil-fueled activities generate directly and indirectly, over a given time. Because you can get them straight from your electric and gas bills, vehicle mileage and flights, they're the easiest to track, and show your progress. We also track carbon output because it's generated in quantities that dwarf the other six "bad actor" greenhouse gases (GhGs), such as methane (CH4), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and nitrogen tri- fluoride (NF3), even though they are 21 times, 1,000 times and 1,700 times more harmful, respectively, than CO2. For a fuller explanation of GhGs, and the surprising news that water vapor is the ecological impact of products throughout their supply chains. "Efficiency improve- ment" is the "carrot" in this mix--basically, learning to use our resources better than we ever imagined possible. 2. So, joining the Jewish Climate Challenge helps you make better use of your resources, and ben- efits your pocketbook, your health, and ha-olam. We know Americans generate more carbon footprint than anybody else on Earth, and that the more wealthy the person, generally, the more the GhG output. Jews tend toward the upper end of the income spectrum, so they create proportionately more footprint. But beyond that, the larger population tends to embrace ideas and fashions generated by their Jewish friends: Nearly 86 percent "Th00 ,r fa"s economies currently waste up to 10 times more resources than they 'reate...join- ing the Jewish Climate Challenge helps you make better use of your 99 resources... biggest GhG contributor, visit Geocraft (http://www. geocraft.com/WVFossils/ greenhouse_data.html). But the main reason we track carbon is for efficiency. The world's economies cur- rently waste up to ten times more resources than they create, and a key indicator of where waste occurs is the carbon released from energy moving through the system. "Global climate change" has provided a good "stick" to swing at enterprises and policymakers, generating en- vironmental laws and global private sector efforts such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) (http://www.cdproject. net/), ClimateCounts.org (http://www.climatecounts. org/), and Business for So- cial Responsibility (http:// www.bsr.org/), and GOOD GUIDE, a web-based service that collects and certifies the OB .AR ES Answers from 07/10/2009 n O )lE A T A I D n A V i I c E of kosher food buyers are non-Jews; trends set by Jews in the media (Seinfeld yada yada), sciences (Jonas Salk), engineering, software, art, music and athletics are read- ily embraced by the general population. Remember Pete Sampras, king of tennis, and Hank Greenburg, inventor of NELLIE C. ROTH Nellie C. Roth of Longwood, Fla., died on Saturday, July 4. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Roth was born in Knoxville, Tenn., on Dec. 21, 1920. She was married on Aug. 9, 1944, to Marvin Roth, also of Knoxville. Mr. Roth was a highly decorated World War II veteran with the Eighth Air Force. In 1953 they moved to the Orlando area, where Mr. Roth worked as a service manager at a GMC dealership and Mrs. Roth became active in the Jewish community. She was a member of Temple Israel for more than 50 years and was active in the Temple Sisterhood and was a life member of Hadassah. For over 29 years, Mrs. Roth worked in retail sales, beginning at Deb's Den at Proctor's Dress Shop, which was later purchased by Jacobson's in Winter Park. She retired from Jacobson's in 1992. Mrs. Roth is survived by her sons, Jerry (Susan) Roth and Larry Roth (Christi Un- derwood), and grandchildren Melissa Roth, Jennifer Roth (Jeff Tabatabai) and Jetti Gibson. She was predeceased by her husband, Marvin, in 1975, and three brothers and an older sister. the first baseman's mitt? It's a matter of leverage: We're well connected, progressive, and we're trendsetters. According to Dr. Steven Windmueller, writing in Jerusalem Viewpoints (Dec. 15, 2003), since their arrival in NewAmsterdam, Jews have created partnerships between the public and private sectors to help meet core communal religious and social concerns. Jews value political advocacy and communatvigilance, and display a high degree of civic engagement and passion for politics. They have also de- veloped a civic culture that suggests that a citizen of the society has an obligation to be engaged in its political pro- cess. As Rabbi Elazar (Pirkeh Avot 2:21) has been quoted: "It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task; nor are you free to desist from it." As we ramp up into a world of carbon taxes, cap and trade schemes, climate exchanges, analyses of carbon footprints by mutual funds (by Trucost at http://www.trucost.com/) and corporations (CDP, see above), it is time to apply ac- tivist Eldridge Cleaver's 1968 words again: "Whatwe're say- ing today is that you're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem." Joining a Carbon Salon, or logging on to the Jewish Climate Challenge, will start you on the road to becoming part of the solution. Yoram Benet discovered that it was "surprisingly easy to reduce my carbon footprint by 2 percent in a year. All I needed was a way to track it." Martin Westerman teach- es, writes and advises on the business of sustainable living. He is a member of Congregation Kol HaNesh- emah 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. Funeral services were held at Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel on Monday, July 6, followed by burial at Temple Israel Cemetery, Gotha. Donations in memory of Mrs. Roth may be made to Temple Israel. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. ADOLF VEKSLER Adolf Veksler of Orlando, Fla., died on Friday, July 3, 2009. He was 82 years old. Mr. Veksler was born in Ukraine on Oct. 21, 1926. Fol- lowing graduation he worked as an engineer in a manufac- turing plant. He was married for 40 years to the former Olga Marmur, who survives him. They immigrated to the United States in 1994. Mr. Veksler is also survived by his sons, Anatoliy (Lana) Veksler of Casselberry and Gennadiy (Anna) Veksler of Orlando, and two grandchil- dren, Biana and Igor. Graveside funeral services were held on Monday, July 6, at Ohev Shalom Cemetery with Rabbi Arnold Siegel of- ficiating. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial: Chapel, Orlando. 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 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (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 SummerviUe 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. 2nd & 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; scheduleofservices onwebsite. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310Maximillian St.,Deltona; 386-804-8283;www.mybethshalom.com; services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'naiTorah (C),403 N.NovaRd.,ormondBeach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chahad Lnbavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat 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. 1 st 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 Goddard Ave., orlando, 407 -298 - 4650; Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 azn.; Junior Cong., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@hotmail. corn; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at various private residences. Congregation ShaiomAleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m., 1 st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yenlshaiyim (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), Jenkins Auditorium, West Montose 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-Xrmeland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat 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 Shaiom (R),P.O. Box 031233, Winter Have, 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; Shahbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Barom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel(C), 50 S. Moss Rd.,Wmter Springs, 407-647-3055; www. tiflorida.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.PeninsulaAve.,DaytonaBeach,386-252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386- 736-1646; Social Hour, 6 p.m.; Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386- 789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom ofOviedo (R); For July service schedule and loca- tion. Call 407-366-3556. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (O) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructioaist