Environmental Action

Mission Statement

The mission of Shomrei Torah’s Environmental Action Committee is to encourage environmental stewardship and to promote awareness and sound ecological practices within the synagogue, our congregation and the wider community. In order to respond to the global challenges that we all face, the Committee focuses on four areas:

  • Green Shomrei Torah: Develop policies and practices that diminish the synagogue’s environmental footprint.
  • Education and Awareness: Educate members of the congregation about sound environmental practices.
  • Community Involvement: Work with other organizations in Sonoma County to advance the protection and sustainability of our resources and environment.
  • Advocacy: Advocate for governmental policies that improve environmental practices in the county and state.



CSA – Community Supported Agriculture

Join with other CST families who love to receive weekly boxes of fresh veggies direct from local farmers. Singing Frogs Farm has partnered with CST since 2009. They are located just west of Sebastopol and have a unique hand-dug, compost-rich, and chemical free agriculture that generates tremendous production of tasty and healthy veggies and fruits.

They welcome visitors on the farm, and have special events that include blueberry picking in early summer—a treat for the whole family. Besides a huge assortment of seasonal produce, they also offer eggs, brown rice, and olive oil.

If you want to split an order (alternating weeks usually) and need help finding a partner, or if you have questions, contact Rick Reisman at rickcath@sonic.net.  For more information or to sign up, visit Singing Frogs Farm.


Read what CSA member Laura Gittleman has to say about Singing Frogs Farm here: Laura Gittleman veggie blog.


CST Guide to Locally Grown Food

The Environmental Action Committee is pleased to offer this guide to Sonoma County’s year-round bounty. We encourage our members to take advantage of the abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, olive oil, dairy products, honey, fish, herbs, meat and poultry available locally.

Click here to read the CST Guide to Locally Grown & Produced Food.




CST’s Greener Waste Management Program


As Guardians of the Torah (Shomrei Torah), we are implicitly Shomrei Adamah (Guardians of the Earth).  The Torah commands us to be good stewards and though it’s not easy to be green, if we each do our part, CST will become a lot greener and a little closer to becoming a zero waste synagogue!

Read more about our Waste Management Program.

Questions? Contact Rick Reisman, rickcath@sonic.net



Save The Environment Around You!

CST’s  Environmental Tips Booklet is a compilation of environmental tips for use at home and in the community.

These have appeared in Shomrei Torah’s monthly publication The Voice since October 2007!