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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 25, 2009 PAGE 7A CRJ teen ensemble takes show on the road Shir Joy, the CRJ teen ensemble, under the direc- tion of Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, performed at the Give the Gift of Chanukah Concert at Temple Israel in Tallahassee on Dec. 13. The concert was part of the American Conference of Cantors Campership initiative to raise money for Union of Reform Judaism camps across the country. The program included songs from the world of musical theater and Chanukah favorites. The concert also featured Cantor Tanya Greenblatt and youth from Temple Israel, Tallahassee, Rawiszer of Congregation of Reform Judaism and a special pre- sentation from Bobby Harris, director of URJ Camp Coleman. The ensemble, from left, top row: Jacob Niemi. Alana Kiss, Justin Sacharoff,. bottom row: Chloe Robin, Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, Samantha Trattner. Jewish on Earth By Martin Westerman The green light at the end of the holiday tunnel By Martin Westerman You've torn open eight days' worth of presents, and you're still disposing of holiday wrappings and packaging. Before Chanukah, you'd have expected me to remind you of the Torah and rabbinic admo- nitions to make no waste (ba'al tashchit) and heal the Earth (tikkun ohm). So, you'll have given and received long-last- ing or bio-degradable gifts, recycled or composted the wraps and packages, and left nada for the garbage, right? Who am I kidding? We occupy the tail ends of massively long animals called "supply chains." They stretch from Latin America, Asia and Europe, across land bridges and oceans, into our very own homes. They grew into behemoths by giving low prices to us buyers, and profits to their owners and shareholders. How? They hunt out the cheapest capital, labor, materials, manufacturing and transport systems, add fees at every step, yet miraculously deliver digital thermometers and reading glasses to us for three-for-S20 at Costco, and a buck each at the Dollar Store. Making these fossil-fueled Leviathans "sustainable" is ludicrous, since--hel-lo?-- they can't go "green" unless they stay in business. Con- verting them to sustainable enterprises means--yikes!-- re-inventing everything we "know" and depend on about business, earning our wages and salaries, and living our lives. Specifically, "green- ing" means shortening the chains--by sourcing within our continents and regions rather than globally (with few exceptions); investing capital here in infrastructure and opportunity, raising pay for labor, cutting pay for management; eliminating all supply chain waste products; and ultimately as customers, buying less, and paying some higher prices. But hey, we regard these massive enterprises as entire- ly uncontrollable, rather like giant cats. Who but the most wildly optimistic, deranged, or ingenious people would try to re-train these massive creatures? We've kind of made them into discomfiting house pets, which are unintention- ally killing us. We got gold for our jew- elry and electronics from the Berkeley Pit mine near Butte, Montana, but the sulfuric acid pumped underground to free it has polluted drinking and irrigation wells, and is seeping with dissolved heavy metals, toward the Clark Fork and Columbia Rivers. To grow abundant grain from Answers from 12/18/2009 America's Midwest "bread- basket," agribusiness farms are sucking the vast Oglala Aquifier dry for irrigation, and wiping out the topsoil. To supply our petro-products, oil and gas companies erased northern Gulf of Mexico wet- lands, polluted surrounding fresh water wells, and opened the way for Katrina to destroy New Orleans. Biblical and Talmudic sages offered guiding principles for business conduct: understand the pain of living things (tsar ba'aleh chayyim), ba'al tashchit, and tikkun olam. But they were locally-focused, and pragmatically commer- cial. The fruit trees that could not be cut during wartime, for example, could be felled in peacetime to clear land for building, or if they were more valuable for their lumber than their fruit. Today's sustainable busi- ness people are similarly pragmatic, focused globally on a "triple bottom line"- economic, environmental and human capital.They judge en- terprises on their movement toward balance in these three areas. Advocates' progress is hampered, however, by supply chain customers themselves, who assume that: * humans must uncondi- tionally breed, rise from pov- erty, get new supplies of food, energy and water, and make useless and dangerous waste; * human imperatives trump those of all other liv- ing things; and * change is frightening. Humans reap fabulous sums of money, abundance, things to strive for, and low prices from this system. It un- derpins our economy. Recall George Bush's call to America after 9/11: "Go shopping!" Ironically, shopping may lead to change: We "vote" with our money. Companies whose products we buy prosper; those we don't go bankrupt. Suppose you were pre- sented with nothing but "green" purchasing options? So your money would enrich resource-efficient companies, build alternative and "smart" power and water systems, and conserve natural re- sources? Suppose you could get a "green" mortgage, that awarded you with a  percent lower interest rate for improv- ing the resource efficiency of your home? How about a national co-op network that con- nected you with a vast array of competitively-priced green products and services? Would you support programs that educate and empower Third Woridwomen, to help lifttheir families out of poverty, and lower their birthrates? Would you buy from companies that operate so efficiently that they create no carbon footprint? Or from companies that take good care of their employees and the environment? Would you buy groceries from stores that sell local and organic, and power themselves entirely with renewable energy? What you buy for Chanu- kah, or any other time of year, can change the world. It's that simple. It may be difficult for you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But it's there, and it's green. 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-footprinting, green building, and other sustain- able living matters to him at Sudoku (see page 23 for solution) 5 3 8 1 1 2 5 4 4 7 2 3 6 6 4 6 5 8 1 4 7  2009, StatcPoint Media. Inc. 3 6 2 3 7 9 8 Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits I through 9. Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), Services and Holiday schedules shown at; 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 AIA, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644-2500;; 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;; 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. 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;; 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;; services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B naiTorah (C),403 N.NovaRd., Ormond Beach,32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch 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 Match Chahn (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 5015 GoddardAve., Orlando, 407-298- 4650;Shabbat service, 7:30p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.; Junior Cong., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@hotmai corn; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at various privat residences. Congregation ShalomAleichem (R),3501 OakPointe Blvd.,Kissimmee, 407-935-0064; Shabbat service, 8 p.m., I st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushalyhn (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), 303A N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243-5353;; services: second and final Friday monthly at 8p.m. 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; 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 Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233, Winter Haven, 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 Shoiom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254- 6333; Shabbat Services 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), I109N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352-629-3587; service., Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darem (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.; 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., Daytona Beach, 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 of Oviedo (R); Services most Fridays. Carillon Elementary School, 3200 Lockwood Blvd., Oviedo (R) Reform (C) Conservative (0) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist