Hey everyone!

Chag Sameach and warm greetings to all.

As I’m sure you all know, this Sunday is our Reverse Tashlich event!

A whole bunch of planning has gone into this and I can’t wait to see it actually happen!

For those that don’t know, Reverse Tashlich is an awesome initiative that was started by Rabbi Ed Rosenthal who used to be a rabbi here in Auckland. It is all about looking after our environment with a focus on marine conservation.

This year the Auckland Jewish community is coming together to do a creek cleanup in Otara. This is happening this coming Sunday and is running from 10am until 1pm.

We will be meeting in Mayfield park in Otara at 10am. There will be a gazebo set up so it will be easy to spot. Once everyone has arrived, we will be opening up with a Hebrew prayer and a karakia. The plan is for this to begin by 10.15. Following this there will be a brief explanation about why we have gathered for this event. There will be some quick speeches, no longer than 5 minutes by some community members; Debbie Miller will give a brief history of Tikkun HaYam (the organisation that started Reverse Tashlich), and then Kara Goddard from the Auckland council will speak briefly about the history of conservation work done in the area. Following this, Kara will give a quick safety briefing for the event before explaining how the cleanup is going to work. Equipment will be given out and the cleanup will get underway. The plan is to begin cleaning by 10.45 and finish up by 12.30 though there is room for flexibility. After cleaning, everyone is invited to gather back at the gazebo where there will be tea and coffee available. We are looking to wrap up the event at 1.00pm.

Habo will be providing jerry cans to fill drink bottles, and Bnei Akiva and Moishe House will be providing tea and coffee. We will be providing compostable cups but it’d be wonderful if you could bring reusable cups or thermoses to help reduce waste. I also strongly advise everyone to bring a drink bottle, hat, and sunscreen to stay safe in the sun. Please also bring sturdy close-toed shoes and clothes which you don’t mind getting dirty as we will be working by a creek!

I’m so excited to see the Auckland Jewish community come together for such an important event, and I’m absolutely positive it’s going to be amazing!

Hopefully this gives everyone all the information you need to invite your groups, and friends and family to come along and participate. Additionally, if you have any questions you’d like to ask, please don’t hesitate to send me an email!

Nga mihi.

Kind regards,

Ethan Nemeroff (He/Him)

Rosh Auckland Ken | Habonim Dror Aotearoa New Zealand

m: +64 22 475 6355 | e: [email protected]  | w: www.habo.org.nz

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