Beth El Climate Team

The Beth El Climate Team is an active group made up of members from our temple's Building Committee, Social Action Committee, and congregation at large.  We come together around our deep concern about, and determination to address, the imminent danger of climate change. 

Climate change is a moral issue that the Beth El Temple Center community can and should act on, in accordance with the temple’s mission to repair the world (tikkun olam). Our goal is to inspire the congregation and wider community to promote clean energy and sustainability.  


The year in review....

 We celebrate our previous accomplishments, which include:

- Benchmarking and monitoring the temples energy usage

- Facilitating the scheduling of temple energy audits

- Educating temple members about climate change and action opportunities

- Encouraging conservation and sustainability in our building and practices

- Working to improve the temple's recycling program

- Promoting the use of china dishes and metal flatware at temple events

- Co-sponsoring electric vehicle informational/test-driving events with Belmont Drives Electric

- Exploring the feasibility of solarizing the temple roof


Looking ahead....

In addition to continuing the work described above, we will be working with clergy and the Board of Trustees to develop, commit to, and achieve, an ever more ambitious and publicly visible reduction of BETC’s carbon emissions, in keeping with the 2016 Paris Agreement and the We Are Still In campaign. 

In May 2018 the Climate Team initiated a program that can benefit the environment and BETC at the same time: through Black Earth Compost, we have the opportunity to divert home food scraps from the landfill and turn them into compost with a weekly curbside pick-up service.  The program is more fully described here.


How YOU Can Get Involved

- Attend one or more of our programs or regular 3rd Tuesday meetings (check the BETC newsletter or list-serve for announcements)

- Assist in one or more of our projects

- Stay alert about recycling when you're at the Temple. Here are the Town of Belmont's rules about what can be recycled

- Take action at an individual level


If you are interested in being a part of this important work, please contact Judith Glixon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more opportunities to get involved, check out this list of community, state, and national organizations that share our concerns:

Citizens Climate Lobby -
Climate XChange -
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life -
Concord Climate Action Network -
Food and Water Watch -
Fossil Free -
Green Faith -
Hazon -
Interfaith Power & Light -
Jewish Climate Action Network -
Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition -
Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light -
Mothers Out Front -
Massachusetts Sierra Club -
Sustainable Arlington -

Sustainable Belmont -
Union of Concerned Scientists -
350 -
350 Mass for a Better Future -


Contact Info

Beth El Temple Center
2 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-6668
[email protected]