Jewish Journal

8 Ways to Make Your Chanukah More Sustainable

by Sarah Newman, Neesh Noosh

2 weeks ago

Examples of heirloom potatoes at The Future of Food exhibit, National Geographic, Washington, DC. Photo by Sarah Newman

This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh

From foods to gifts, there’s many ways to add sustainable practices to your Chanukah celebrations. Please share your ideas in the comments... read full article

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