After a bit of an hiatus Columbia Jewish Congregations' (CJC) Green Team 2.0 has come back with a "roar". Columbia Jewish Congregation has an active green team with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake They have spearheaded the reconvening of the Oakland Mills Interfaith Centers' Green Team (comprised of the 5 congregations that share worship space at the "Meeting House") and together they have applied for and received 4 different grants totaling over $75,000 in 2023. This year they have refurbished their four rain gardens, installed a new pollinator garden, installed a 1,000 gallon cistern, designed a new bioretention area, hosted an EcoFest ,and are planning a "Green Spring Fling" for May. Columbia Jewish Congregation has led a Reverse Tashlich stream clean up and plan to do more of such events.

CJC has had a Green Team for a number of years. Their first team started in 2006 after the Tikkun Olam Committee hosted an environmental justice film series. Over the years their actions included spearheading Tu B'shvat programming at their Hebrew School, passing a "Greening Your Simcha" event protocol, sponsoring a Community Supported Agriculture program and planting 60 trees in 2015 through IPC's Trees for Sacred Places program. Columbia Jewish Congregation invites everyone to come check them out - bring your gardening gloves!

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