How to create your Jewish Compost Bin

A Jewish compost bin? Well, the bin itself, not Jewish, but the eco-friendly practice of composting is certainly, as Leah Konig explains in an article on, “deeply Jewish”.

Leah Konig tells this story about a sign posted above a composting bin at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center:

As I stood before the food scrap bucket, poised to scrape in a few leftover bites of salad, my eye caught a sign taped directly above it. On the sign, next to a small photograph of two hands cupping a small mound of dirt it said: “Turn it and turn it for everything is in it.” Of course!
 The inside of a compost pile–made up of layers that get “turned” every so often….teems with life as countless hard-working microorganisms rebuild the universe out of our banana peels. What could be a better physical metaphor for the Torah than a healthy mound of soil?

The Compost Workshop

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) described 2 types of compost bins, backyard bins and worm bins, at a workshop held at Rodef Shalom Congregation on Sunday.  This engaging workshop thoroughly covered the importance of  composting, setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways of using finished compost.


According to the PRC website:

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. By utilizing the natural process of decomposition, organic materials often considered “waste,” such as grass clippings, food scraps, autumn leaves and even paper, can be recycled back into a rich soil conditioner. Through this transition, soil organisms, many of which are too small to see, break down the organic material in a compost pile so that valuable plant nutrients can be released for future generations of plants to use. Composting helps you reduce your waste stream, it improves the health of your gardens, and most of all its easy to do and enjoyable.

The Compost Bin

This is the type of bin we will use in the Rodef Shalom Congregation kitchen.

It’s available at Construction Junction.

This is a worm bin filled with worms!

The Rodef Shalom Preschool will use this bin in the classroom! Yikes!


What Everybody Ought to Know About The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom Blog

Introducing the one, the only, the blog you have been waiting for…..

Welcome to the Rodef Shalom Edible Garden Blog!!!!

What, you say you haven’t heard of us and you have no idea what an Edible Garden is, are you kidding? I thought for sure everyone knew, alright here it is from the beginning.

A very civic minded member of Rodef Shalom Congregation applied for, and Rodef Shalom Congregation was awarded, a grant from the Union of Reform Judaism to create and build an edible garden. The garden will be planted in containers on the property of Rodef Shalom Synagogue in Shadyside. Plantings will include edible plants, fruits and nuts.

The garden’s goal is to provide a Jewish educational program for preschool children, religious school children and interested congregants as part of a Life Long Learning Program. Additionally, it will aim to highlight the Jewish value of healthy and sustainable food choices and to strengthen the traditional Jewish connection between food and social responsibility.

The containers have been purchased, the plants selected, we await the official arrival of spring so that we can get planting!! Check back with us often, we will provide updates regarding planting dates and pictures! Better yet, subscribe to the blog and receive new posts in your email.

Comments are welcome, remember we are a family blog, the only dirt we want here is well, the real stuff !!