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There is officially a new standard in sustainable synagogue building: The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois (JRC).

We’re not talking recycling bins. We’re not even talking local food for Kiddush. We’re talking an Aron Kodesh, the “Holy Ark”, built out of wind-fallen trees from the farm next door. Grounds decorated with native plants that don’t require irrigation. Low water volume showers, installed to encourage biking to shul. We are talking an entire, top to bottom, front to back to sides model of a building whose every brick, lighting and piping has been considered in the name of eco-friendliness. (They’ve got the recycling bins and local food, too).

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