The Tzedek Committee encourages our congregation to think about ways to use the holiday to increase environmental, economic, and social justice.
- Day One: Take time each night to relax and embrace the opportunity to observe the light of the candles and the beauty of the menorah. It is a gift to have a full week to be mindful and put our attention to tikkun olam, healing the world.
- Day Two: Make a conscious choice not to use single use plastics for the entire duration of the holiday. This Hanukkah we can adopt the practice of using things more, and throwing things out less.
- Day Three: Look for candles that are made of beeswax or soy, you can even use olive oil, just like the Maccabees. Use the week of Hanukkah to begin the process of reducing fossil fuel use in other areas of your life.
- Day Four: Make your holiday meals with food from local farms. Your latkes can be from potatoes and onions that are locally grown. The eggs can also come from local farms or the farmers’ market.
- Day Five: Think about purchasing gifts as another way to be sustainable and local. Make a pledge to only purchase from small, local businesses.
- Day Six: Gifts don’t have to be purchased, and some of the best gifts can be homemade. Baked goods, prepared meals, craft projects, are very meaningful. Some gifts might not be a thing at all, like gifting time spent with one another.
- Day Seven: Giving can also be done through donations to local non-profits. Supporting work that you believe in, in the community can be a powerful gift that you share with someone you love.
- Day Eight: Don’t be jealous of Christmas trees. Adopt a tradition of planting a Hanukkah tree through organizations that are working to protect old growth forests or are doing sustainable reforestation. Support local organizations that are protecting open spaces and forests.