Three Monmouth County schools strengthened their environmentally sound ties with Israel when they held workshops in conjunction with Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year for Trees. The schools are participants in Sviva Israel’s Eco-Connection program, which gives students locally and in Israel opportunities to explore global environmental issues from a Jewish, Israeli, and Zionist perspective.
Jonathon Feinberg, coordinator of U.S. operations for Sviva Israel, an educational environmental organization, visited the Jersey Shore Jewish Academy in Howell (formerly Solomon Schechter Academy of Ocean and Monmouth Counties) on Jan. 27, Temple Beth Miriam in Elberon on Jan. 31, and Solomon Schechter of Greater Monmouth County in Marlboro Feb. 1. The students created environmentally friendly friendship bracelets to exchange with the Israeli students who take part in the program and learned about ecosystems by constructing terrariums out of soda bottles.
The program matches local students with students from six schools in Israel — five in Arad and one at Kibbutz Ein Gedi. The Jewish Federation of Monmouth County has a sister-community relationship with Israel’s Arad-Tamar region through the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership 2000 NJ-Delaware Cluster.