JEI Sponsors Two Upcoming Events for Project Noah Week

The Jewish Environmental Initiative (JEI), a committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), this year is once again promoting several events taking place in and around the week when Parsha Noah is read. Both are in conjunction with Project Noah: A Week for the Environment. Project Noah takes place October 16-23 and includes Shabbat Noach on October 17.

JEI focuses on this particular week because Parsha Noah teaches the story of the flood, an environmental disaster that changed the course of all living things on Earth. In our present world, climate change is the force that threatens to irreparably alter the Earth, undermining the core Jewish value of providing for future generations and tilling and tending the Earth.

The two upcoming events are:
JEI Open Meeting—Thursday October 8 (the week prior to Project Noah)—The community is invited to learn more about the work of JEI and to hear guest speaker Melissa Vatterott of Missouri Coalition for the Environment speak on issues related to local food and farming. Participants will learn what they can do to promote the “eating local and organic” movement in St. Louis.

Project Noah Community Event—Sunday October 18, 1 PM; Join JEI at a Jewish community gardening event at the Jewish Community Center’s Garden of Eden, located on the grounds of the Staenberg Arts & Education Building at 2 Millstone Campus Drive 63146. Rabbi Randy Fleisher of Central Reform Congregation and a past Chair of JEI will lead a short opening service. No prior experience with gardening is needed. Participants are asked to wear closed toed shoes, to dress appropriately for outdoor work and to wear a hat.

For more information about Project Noah or to RSVP to the October 8 and October 18 events, contact Gail Wechsler at or 314-442-3894.


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