Dedication of Roof-Top Solar Panels at Greenburgh Hebrew Center

Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 By: Mel Goldstein

In a dedication ceremony on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at 1:00 PM, Greenburgh Hebrew Center will celebrate the installation of more than 200 solar panels on the roof of its sanctuary building at 515 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry.  During sunny conditions, the panels will generate more than 50 kilowatts (enough to light 500 100-watt light bulbs).  The solar panels are expected to meet more than half of GHC’s annual electric demand.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Mirele Goldsmith, an expert in environmental sustainability and a principal of Green Strides, a consulting firm helping organizations find their way to a greener future.  Dr. Goldsmith developed the Greening Initiative for the Jewish Community Centers of North America, and served as the Sustainability Consultant for the Jewish Greening Fellowship, which trains green team leaders in non-profit agencies in the New York area.  She served as an advisor to the Agency Greening Education Work Group of UJA Federation, and serves on the boards of directors of Hazon and the American Friends of the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership.

GHC Rabbi Barry Kenter will also speak.  Rabbi Kenter is a 2013 Jewish Greening Fellow and served as a Green Faith Fellow in 2011.  Under his leadership, and with the support of the congregation’s lay leadership, GHC is an active member of The Sustainable Synagogues initiative, a partnership designed to educate and mobilize synagogues and members of the Conservative movement in North America, on the environment.  Over the last several years, GHC has put into place a comprehensive program to reduce our synagogue’s impact on the environment, which has included an energy audit; the use of energy efficient light bulbs; adjustments to our HVAC system; recycling; composting and educational programs on environmental issues.

Speaking of the newly installed solar panels, Rabbi Kenter has stated, “This project will help reduce the carbon footprint of the Greenburgh Hebrew Center and reduce our electric power costs. Through the efforts of our professional and lay leadership, we continue to position GHC as a leader in faith-based initiatives modeling stewardship and our partnership with God, in repairing the world.”

Nadine Kochavi, Senior Kehilla Relationship Manager, METNY, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, will present a Schecter Award to the congregation.

GHC Cantor Janet Leuchter will lead a musical component at the celebration.

For further information, you may contact Mel Goldstein of the Dedication Committee, at 914-649-8182 or solar-roof@g-h-c.org.