JTS Green Team

When God created the first human beings, God led them around the Garden of Eden and said: 'Look at my works! See how beautiful they are-how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.'"
- Midrash Kohelet Rabbah 1 (on Ecclesiastes 7:13)

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Plant a Kitchen Forest

Garlic Cloves

  • Peel two garlic cloves.

  • Gently stick three toothpicks about halfway up each clove so that the clove can rest suspended in water in a shallow bowl or saucer.

  • The flat end of the clove should be in the water and the more pointed end facing up.

  • Within a week, you will see roots growing out into the water and shortly thereafter green shoots will sprout from the top.

Fruit Seeds

  • Save seeds from citrus fruits—grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and lemon—and soak them overnight.

  • In a shallow tray or box, plant the seeds one inch apart in about an inch and a half of soil. You can make a sign for each seed with a popsicle stick.

  • Water lightly, put the whole container in a plastic bag, and tie it closed. This keeps the soil moist and makes a mini-greenhouse.

  • Put in a sunny location. Do not open or water. In about two weeks you should see seedlings.

  • When they're about two inches tall, transplant each one to a larger pot.


  • Take a few kernels of popcorn and place them in a clear plastic cup or glass jar with some pieces of wet paper towel.

  • Position the kernels of corn so they are between the sides of the cup and the paper towel. (This will give you a good view of the kernels as they grow.)

  • When leaves appear and have grown more than an inch over the top of the container, transplant the shoots into a pot and they'll continue to grow.


"The Jewish Theological Seminary has reaffirmed its sustainability goal of becoming a more environmentally conscious institution. With our daily and consistent efforts, we can make it possible for our families and all future generations to thrive and prosper."
- Chancellor Arnold Eisen

Contact us or share your ideas at greening@jtsa.edu.