Solar panels on the Temple to help make us greener.

Environmental Action

Jewish tradition teaches that taking care of our natural environment is a mitzvah – a sacred responsibility. We believe it is ethically imperative for Jews to work toward lessening our environmental impact and thus uphold the Jewish ideals/mitzvot of Tikkun Olam (“Repairing the World”), Tzedek (“justice”), and Bal Tash’chit (“prohibition against wanton destruction”).

Our goal is to educate our community about environmental initiatives and make hands-on positive change at Temple Beth Shalom and the greater community in our use of energy and natural resources. We do this by:


  • Making sustainable changes in our TBS building and how we “live” together.

  • Participating in hands-on environmental initiatives in the greater community.

  • Providing lectures, movies, and events to educate our community about “green initiatives.”

  • Creating opportunities to encounter nature’s wonder.

To join us or for more information, please contact Jane Evans or Michael Bailit at

Temple Beth Shalom

670 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494