In the fall of 2015 Joanne Gerson started an organization which came to be called Shomrei Olam – Jewish Environmental Advocates of Cincinnati.
Shomrei Olam means Guardians of the World. The organization came to be because of her desire to bring about a green, sustainable future for the local Jewish community and for the Greater Cincinnati area. Gerson’s organization conducts workshops and sends speakers to synagogues and communal groups dealing with how they can reduce the environmental impact of their buildings and implement greener practices for their activities.
One of these events will take place at Northern Hills Synagogue – Congregation B’nai Avraham, 5714 Fields-Ertel Road, as the First Friday Program from 8-9 p.m. Sept. 6.
Gerson will lead a discussion on how the Northern Hills Synagogue community can improve the care of the environment, both in terms of keeping new building efficient and sustainable and improving the ways in which material things are used. These ideas can be used by any communal organization as well.