Synagogue Garden Bears Fruit

Lettuce Pray: Synagogue Garden Idea Bears Fruit in Berkeley

by Dan Pine, JWeekly Staff

Jeremy Gillick’s hands are dirty.

For the last few weeks, Gillick and scores of volunteers have been harvesting the chard, parsley, mustard greens, tomatoes and lettuces growing in the garden of Berkeley synagogue Chochmat HaLev.

It’s not quite the Garden of Eden, but the 56 square feet of growing space has been a great, green success, thanks to a pilot program that Gillick has created. Green Chaverim, which helps synagogues plant gardens and fruit trees on their property, won a two-year $3,000 grant from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation this past spring.

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