In conjunction with this year’s Tu B’Shevat holiday, JTA is sponsoring a contest to find the best Jewish environmental initiatives. The first Green Beanie Awards will be handed out to 10 synagogues, schools, community centers and other Jewish institutions with “green” projects that have shown significant impact or innovative interpretation.
Entrants will be judged by staff from
Applications can be filled out online at JTA.org/greenbeanie. Initiatives must have been undertaken in 2008 or be slated to launch in time for Tu B’Shevat in February. Applicants can include links to video or photos of the project. The deadline for applications is Jan. 23, 2009.
Winners will be announced in conjunction with a special section titled “Eco Jews: Traditions and Trends in Jewish Environmentalism,” that will appear Feb. 1-11 on JTA's Web site coinciding with Tu B’Shevat, the "New Year for the Trees".