In 2013 Kehila was certified as a green sanctuary through GreenFaith, an interfaith coalition for the environment based in New Jersey that works with houses of worship, religious schools and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards.
Over the course of the two-year program Kehila charted a new path for environmental activism that is central to the life of our community. We completed dozens of requirements in spirit, stewardship and justice that reached our members and the greater Washington, D.C. community through newsletters, cybershtetl announcements, editorials and blogs.
The Kehila Green Team also developed two useful tools: a household survey and a green pledge form. The former gave us a baseline to identify community needs and the latter to urged members to take action. We see these tools as a foundation for other communities of faith, like ours, without buildings in the GreenFaith network.
GreenFaith gave Kehila the structure to do this work and was the incentive to establish a committed Green Team. We are moving forward, building on what we learned and initiating new projects.