Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Imagine a situation where the sea levels in Egypt rise so substantially that Alexandria, the Nile River bank and parts of the Suez Canal become completely inundated. In addition to producing millions of casualties and creating a massive refugee crisis, the floodwaters would wreak havoc upon the nation's economy, which depends upon agriculture. Such strife could also affect Egypt's relationship...
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Ryan Teitman
Over at the 776 apartments of the Philadelphian -- across the street from the city's art museum -- a group of men and women has decided that they will lead the building's crusade for a greener tomorrow. Residents began the "Philadelphian Goes Green" program shortly after a screening at the apartment house of An Inconvenient Truth , former vice president...
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Ryan Teitman
With more and more people becoming increasingly sensitive about what they eat and where their food comes from, congregants at Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park have taken a proactive step -- and decided to go right to the source. The congregation has started a community-supported agriculture project called Tuv Ha'Aretz, which in Hebrew means both "good from the earth"...
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When you think about urban greenery, it's probably Central Park -- that oasis of trails, lakes and playgrounds in central Manhattan -- that first comes to mind. But, truth be told, Philadelphia -- with its expansive Fairmount Park system and sprinkling of urban squares (Rittenhouse, Logan and Fitler, among others) -- was designed to be the mecca for city gardens...
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According to local Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Judah and the Maccabees were some of the earliest conservationists: "They made one day's oil suffice for eight days' needs," he explained. Waskow, who directs the Shalom Center here in Philadelphia, wants modern-day Jews to continue in the vein of this ancient Chanukah standard. That's why the organization has instituted a new "Green Menorah"...
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