As a 21stcentury Jewish day school, Donna Klein Jewish Academy has an obligation for our students to not only learn about Judaism, but to live it. The phrase "l'ovdah u'l'shomrah" from Genesis 2:15 summarizes humanity's responsibility for the Earth to work/serve and to guard/conserve. We must simultaneously work the land and protect the Earth. We feel Judaism and environmentalism are deeply interconnected. Our children’s education should inspire them to honor and appreciate this world and be able to connect our rich traditions with it. We are happy to announce that we have started an exciting program throughout all grade levels: Shomrei HaAamah (Guardians of the Earth). This initiative is designed to engage students in environmental learning and practice as it relates to their Jewish tradition.
The point of this initiative is to sensitize the students of DKJA to their natural world, and help them develop a more meaningful relationship to the Earth and its connection to their Jewish practices and holidays. This will hopefully lead them to a genuine commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world) in the literal sense of the word.
The program integrates environmental science within the curriculum at all grade levels. Under the direction of Science Department Chair Lauren Jordan
, through the generosity of DKJA parents and benefactors Isaac and Genevieve Menaged
, and collaboration with dining services, this initiative will promote healthy food choices, waste reduction, recycling, reduction of campus-wide energy usage, integrated pest management, gardening, composting, school supported agriculture, and much more. We hope to promote an avid culture of environmental stewardship and Jewish eco-active leaders on our campus, taught through the lens of the Torah, Jewish law, and ethics.