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Try out an induction cooktop!


Interested in changing from a gas stove to induction? Have we got a deal for you!
We are excited that we have a 2 burner induction stovetop for you to take home and test! Through a grant received by Interfaith Power and Light, the Shir Sustainability Committee has a 14” x 24”, 2-burner induction stovetop, a saute pan and sauce pot, cookbook, and instruction guide that you can check out for up to 3 weeks beginning Sunday, December 12. We’ll also supply a magnet so you can check which of your pots and pans will work. Induction stoves work through energizing the magnetic forces in your pot. Pots need to be magnetic but they don’t need to be flat.
Induction cooking takes place on a flat glass surface equipped with heaters. The heating coils are powered by electromagnetic energy that's only activated by the iron in cookware. When the iron contacts the active heaters, the iron particles agitate causing the pan to heat up quickly. This is different than what happens with an electric or gas range because a transfer of heat from the burners to the cookware does not take place: instead, the pot or pan heats up while the cooktop remains cools – and safe to touch! This process takes place more quickly than electric or gas because there's no waiting for the burner to heat up first.

More and more information is coming out about the impact of gas appliances on our health. Too, to reduce methane in the atmosphere, California and many of our cities are encouraging us to go electric. Induction stoves are becoming more attractive. They don’t produce methane, use less energy than a traditional electric stovetop since they only heat the pot and they produce less heat.

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January 16 - April 23, 2022 Congregation Shir Hadash Tree Campaign

Our National Forests are in crisis. Wildfires, invasive insects, climate change and disease have left 1 million acres of land in urgent need of tree planting. That’s why the National Forest Foundation has targeted planting 50 million trees across our National Forests. Donate $1 to plant a needed tree. Trees sustain life. They reduce the impact of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving out oxygen. Scientists believe that planting trees is an essential climate action. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  From Tu B’Shvat, the New Year of the Trees through Earth Day 2022, Shir Hadash’s Sustainability Committee, in partnership with our Shir Hadash Organizing Committee (SHOC), asks you to  help replant our forests. 

Click here to plant a tree! To learn more, click here and here.

events at shir hadash

Special Earth Day Weekend Shabbat Service, Saturday, April 23, 10:30 am. Our Earth Day themed service will be followed by an outside, vegetarian lunch and a short program.  Help add some plants to our vegetable garden. Sivia Van Gundy will answer your questions about bees and you will have the opportunity to taste different honeys.

Shir Sustainability Meeting, Thursday, May 12, 7:30 pm. Help us plan for the future. How can we make a difference at Shir Hadash and in our personal lives?

in the community

A Background Briefing and Though-Provoking Discussion of Fossil Fuel Divestment (on Zoom), Sunday, April 10, 7:00 pm. Join the Beth Am Dayenu Circle, Dayenu Circle of Jewish Silicon Valley and members of many local synagogues to learn about and demand action for Fossil Fuels Divestment! Hear what Phil Aroneanu has to say about Fossil Fuel Bank Divestment on April 10 and then join our local Dayenu Circle of Jewish Silicon Valley, Beth Am Dayenu Circle and Kol Emeth on Wednesday April 20 to take action.
Phil Aroneanu is a key architect of the Fossil Fuel Bank Divestment initiative. Phil is the Chief Strategy Officer of Dayenu. A veteran in climate change advocacy, Phil will tell us how we got here, why we need to divest from Fossil Fuels, and how we aim to win, followed by a robust Q&A and discussion.
Everyone is welcome, but you must pre-register for the April 10 Zoom session using the link above.

Earth Day at Flood Park in Menlo Park, Saturday, April 16, 10:00 am. Speakers will include State Senator Josh Becker and the mayors of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Activities will include family games, animals from the Palo Alto Junior Museum, an induction cooking demo, tables with environmental information — and more!

Free Us From Fossil-Fuel Pharaohs, Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 am, Lytton Plaza, 200 University Avenue, Palo Alto. Join us to ask Big Banks to divest from fossil fuels, freeing our planet from devastating climate change. In 2020, the nation’s four largest banks invested ~$200 billion in fossil fuels. Peninsula and South Bay Jewish communities will gather, raise our voices in song, and raise banks’ awareness. Emissaries will bring our petitions to Big Banks.

Local High School Students Rally for Our Earth, Friday, April 22, 4:00 pm, King Plaza, in front of Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto. Starting with a 4:00 pm rally, the event will feature guest speakers Assembly Member Marc Berman, Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt, and environmental leaders and musicians, including folk singer Nancy Cassidy. At 5:00 pm, the students will lead a march around downtown Palo Alto with friends, families, and community members, returning back to King Plaza for further conversations at tables where local climate protection organizations will discuss the importance of switching to electric appliances and other things to protect Earth's climate. Everyone will be invited to hang their Earth Day pledges on a "Pledge Tree".

This student-led event is organized by 350Silicon Valley's Palo Alto "Switch to Electric" team. To help organizers know how many people to expect, please RSVP here or use the link above.

Earth Day, Saturday, April 23, 11:00 am, Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton. This event will include children's activities and displays of home electrification equipment. Speakers will include U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Stanford Professor Rob Jackson (author of a study on home gas leaks), and Erin Cooke, Sustainability Director at SFO Airport who will discuss lower-carbon jet fuels.

all events are free and open to the public - spread the word!

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