Social Action/Social Justice
Social Action For Climate Change And The Environment
Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act – The draft Scoping Plan from the Climate Action Council is available for comment. The Scoping Plan is the methods outlined by the Council for the state to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, supply adequate renewable energy and address climate justice, as mandated by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
- This Scoping Plan is the most significant policy statement New York State will make for the foreseeable future.
- The comment period is 120 days beginning January 1, 2022.
- See: https://climate.ny.gov/Our-Climate-Act/Draft-Scoping-Plan
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Review the plan and comment
Glass Recycling – The Northeast Recycling Council released draft legislation on minimum recycled content for glass food containers. Representatives of government, industry, trade associations and non-profits collaborated on the draft law. Recycling standards would improve the market for used glass. Used glass improves the manufacturing process and saves raw material extraction and energy.
- See link on the Northeast Recycling Council’s website: https://nerc.org/projects/current-projects/glass-committee
- Currently you can bring clear glass bottles and jars (clean) to bins at Honest Weight Food Coop.
- A reported collection center for colored glass is at Hannaford Supermarket, near the Asian market.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Recycle your glass responsibly
Bottle Bill – The Expanded Bottle Bill (A8668), sponsored by Assemblymember Kevin Cahill, has been introduced in the Assembly and is currently in the Environmental Conservation Committee. The bill does not yet have a sponsor in the Senate; it is expected to go to the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, chaired by Senator Todd Kaminsky. The bill adds sports drinks to the deposit requirements and increases deposits to 10 cents. New York’s bottle bill was first enacted in 1982 and amended 10 years ago to include water bottles. The State keeps unclaimed deposits as general revenue.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Call your state senator and urge him/her to sponsor the Senate bill; call your Assembly representative to vote “Yes” on the Assembly bill
The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest was a huge success. We encourage everyone to check their website and watch a recorded presentation of a topic of interest. This event is galvanizing a movement within Judaism. See: https://www.jewishclimatefest.org
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Log on and watch
We are encouraged to set goals for our individual synagogues to reduce our carbon footprint. Is there support within B’nai Sholom for such a commitment?
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Let Barry Pendergrass email@example.com know you have an interest in setting goals and recommending steps for B’nai Sholom.
Chefs And Bakers Needed For Soup Kitchen In April
On April 17, 2022, which happens to be the second day of Passover as well as Easter Sunday, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, through the Social Action Committee, will renew its longstanding commitment to serve our food-insecure neighbors a hot and nutritious meal at the Sister Maureen Joyce Center, 369 Livingston Ave., Albany. Volunteers are encouraged to help prepare and serve the meal from 11 AM-2 PM that day.
Additionally, fresh baked dessert goods will be collected from congregants to be distributed to our guests with their meal.
If you are interested in baking goodies, please contact Becky Marvin at 518-439-4574 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Becky also has freezer space so you can bake anytime.
Food Drive Success!
In late January, we held our second food drive jointly with Delmar Presbyterian Church, our Family Promise partner congregation. The food will be distributed to the “little free pantry boxes” placed around Albany by OpenWorld Relief and the box placed by Bellevue Reformed Church in Schenectady. The food is being stored at B’nai Sholom, and Ish, the van driver for Family Promise, will restock the pantry boxes.
Thank you to all the generous donors who brought items. Special thanks to the B’nai Sholom volunteers who braved the cold during our outdoor collections:
Lois Gordon, Barry Pendergrass, Ann Shapiro, Steve Klein, Marilyn Spencer, Anita Stein, Maxine Goldberg, Amy Vastola, Hayden Schwartz, Mari Vosburgh and Becky Marvin.
If you missed the collection but want to support the little pantries, here are the locations where you can place items at any time:
- Our Lady of Americas Shrine Church, 273 Central Ave. (N. Lake St.), Albany
- South End Children’s Café, 25 Warren St. (Phillip St.), Albany
- West Hills Cultural Hub, Quail and 1st Streets (park shed), Albany
- Temple Israel, rear parking lot next to St. Peter’s Hospital garage, Albany
- Bellevue Reformed Church, 2000 Broadway (Genesee St.), Schenectady
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Social Action/Social Justice Shabbat will be observed on Friday, April 29.
Join us at services as we highlight the mitzvah of Welcoming the Stranger.