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The best (eco) beaches in Israel

It’s summertime and the weather is fine, goes the odd song and after a heat wave this week, Israel remembers how amazing and simple it is to spend your days away at the beach. Beaches are great activities for kids, for teens, for parents. Bring a picnic or sit up at one of Israel’s beach […]

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5 Ways Yom Kippur Can Green The World

Miriam talks of Yom Kippur and the power of consciousness. The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is a day of introspection and prayer. In Israel, it’s a day of closed business and empty streets. The great soul-searching that began on Rosh HaShana climaxes at sunset on this holiest of days, when we seek to connect  […]

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Permaculture Hannukah Party at Yesh Meain Ecological Farm

In honor of the last day of Hannukah, the Yesh Meain permaculture farm will be hosting an all-day permaculture celebration. Links are often found between Jewish holidays and the environment, and environmentally-minded organizations in Israel try to find eco-friendly ways to celebrate them.  We’ve seen these eco Jewish celebrations center around Sukkot, a holiday that […]

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Applesauce for Hanukkah Latkehs RECIPE

Make your own applesauce for Hannukah meals this year. It’s surprisingly easy. Apples are in full season – just when they’re urgently needed. For cooking down into applesauce, of course, because during the Hebrew holiday of Hannukah, those delicious latkehs need that sweet apple touch for toppings. If you need a traditional latkeh recipe, here […]

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Jews Judged for Water on Sukkot

As the Jewish holiday of Sukkot approaches, it is only natural for us to reflect on the state of the planet’s health and well being. After all, it is harvest season in the Holy Land and Sukkot is a holiday that for some raises the consciousness about our environment. Jews live in huts thatched with […]

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RECIPE: Passover Granola

Matzah in the morning, as granola. Miriam shows you how. I’m not a great fan of matzah meal- based food – always excepting our delicious matzah balls. Plain matzah, spread with cottage cheese or butter, makes unexciting but predictable Passover breakfasts. Since strawberries are in season, it’s easy to make strawberry jam from our recipe […]

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Tu B’Shvat Recipe: Vegan Carob Nut Balls

Ancient food of the Middle East, carob’s sweet flavor makes this vegan dessert naturally good. When I was a little girl living in New York, Israel was just a faraway hot, sandy country to me. Tu B’Shvat meant planting a tree by mail, although today you can plant a tree in Israel online. It was […]

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Hannukah Sufganyot (Jelly Donuts) Recipe

It’s almost Hannukah, and Hanukkah means sufganyot. Delicious jelly doughnuts dripping with jam, a once-a-year indulgence. Sufganyot weigh in at about 300 calories per wicked, tempting little piece, but who says you have to eat more than one? Consider taking our Hannukah eco-challenge, then fry some sufganyot for the kids. They have enough energy to […]

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Have a Green and Joyful Sizdah Bedar (Persian New Year)

If you are Iranian, now is the time to celebrate the Spring holiday. Make the green holiday, greener. [image via: Hamed Saber] Spring is celebrated as a time of renewal and regrowth among many religions and cultures that originated in the Middle East.  The Christian holiday, Easter, coincides with spring, as does the Jewish liberation […]

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Enjoy Ecological Activies in Israel During Passover

An impressive aerial shot of Israel’s garbage mountain – site of new ecological activity – for Passover. You’ve already begun your preparations for Passover – you’ve starting finishing up all the yeast (or hametz) in the house, you’ve thought of ways to avoid food waste during the holiday, you’ve bought local, handmade and green gifts […]

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Make Some Creative, Reused, Green Noise This Purim

Purim, one of the most colorful and popular holidays in Judaism (probably because it is a mitzva to get, ahem, inebriated), is coming up this Saturday evening.  Colorful because it involves getting dressed up in costume, and popular because it’s fun to see everyone else’s creative costume ideas, eat delicious pastries, hear the story from […]

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Have a Sweet and Green Rosh Hashanah

With the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) coming up this week, many of us are reflecting on the past year and making resolutions for the next.  These resolutions may include ways to treat ourselves better, ways to be better to those around us, and ways to make a more positive impact on our surroundings. Making […]