Rejews

The Face of Recycling in the Jewish World

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.rejews.org

Mission

ReJews establishes and promotes renewable energy and recycling initiatives to help support the success of environmental action, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability programs in schools, synagogues, recreation centers, restaurants, businesses, and offices, and communities around the world.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director & Founder

Henry Goodelman

Main address

1124 East 24th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19115 USA

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EIN

80-0953539

NTEE code info

Recycling (C27)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Jewish (X30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A constant in all of our lives, a problem that we must account for is that everyone uses electricity at home, and energy supply problems can lead to blackouts. Last summer, there were blackouts in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, in Long Island, throughout Upstate, and across New Jersey. Plain and simple, more people have spent more time at home, so we are using more electricity than ever, and that’s before air-conditioning season begins. To address this issue, government programs are helping offer homeowners thousands of dollars in tax credits and discounted monthly electricity bills. Providing incentives to produce electricity instead of just consuming it, especially during the times that we are all facing, solar panels improve our infrastructure, save us money, and help ensure that we keep our power on.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Eco 3 Point Shot Challenge

The #Eco3PointShot Challenge invites all to make a video of them trying to shoot a plastic bottle into a recycling bin and challenging a friend.

Population(s) Served

By simply committing to their recycle empty plastic bottles, once involved, Chosen Organizations can become eligible to receive donations, sponsorship opportunities, guest speakers, class trips, and free online advertising space.

Population(s) Served

Creating more local sources of renewable energy helps infrastructure weather high demand periods. Government incentives offer homeowners significant tax credits as an incentive to encourage more involvement. With little awareness about these two benefits, ReJews conducts significant outreach campaigns to best inform eligible communities. Homeowners across NY, NJ, CT, PA, FL, TX, and CA are usually eligible about 40% of the time based on their roof shape, direction facing the sun, and shading from trees or other houses.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of ReJews are those that are aligned with the spread of recycling initiatives and renewable energy programs throughout the Jewish world and greater community. ReJews has identified countless schools, synagogues, offices, restaurants, recreation centers and communities around the world that use hundreds of plastic bottles, if not thousands of plastic bottles on a daily basis that are not put into recycling bins. Many community members are also homeowners, and would benefit from installing solar panels in an effort to help reduce the stress on the grid. ReJews gives organizations recycling bins and encourages them to recycle. Supporting participation with incentives and a rewards program, organizations can gain benefit from donations and other sponsorship opportunities as a result of their participation with ReJews.

Establishing community-focused environmental action and recycling campaigns within Jewish schools, synagogues, offices, and community centers, ReJews uses its unique advertising system to provide rewards and sponsorship opportunities to participating Jewish groups and organizations that highlight their commitment to recycling. Encouraging the spread of more positive community relationships by bringing people together to recycle, ReJews is designed to be an integrated part of any organization or facility, no matter the focus of its member community. The impact that ReJews makes on the world that we all live in is done by promoting sustainability in a sustainable way.

The Jewish world doesn’t prioritize recycling, and that’s a problem. Of all of the potential organizations that ReJews could work with, almost none of them currently recycle. Once organizations are introduced to the unique concept that they can be given free recycling bins and benefited by using them, participation quickly accelerates. Whether they are excited about recycling, or simply willing to help their organization by recycling while in the building, the lives of all members from all participating organizations are touched. The flexible reproduction and mass appeal of the ReJews Chosen Organization program elevates it ability to replicate success across all of the work of participating peer organizations to help support their individual efforts. Limitless quantities of plastic bottles are used daily by Jewish organizations and the majority of them are not put into recycling bins. Every school has hundreds of students, community centers are regularly trafficked by countless members, many synagogues have hordes of people in attendance daily, and we all have water and soda bottles in our office as well. The ReJews program solves this problem.

Almost no Jewish organizations recycle. Rather than prioritizing this important aspect of waste management, most organizations hands are tied in their work to achieve their mission and goals. Even when municipalities mandate recycling, too many Jewish organizations ignore the requirement or find a loophole to avoid the policy. ReJews has found that most Jewish organizations are in favor of recycling, especially when a recycling program is incentivized. Whether it is at schools, synagogues, offices, or even at community events, almost every day, most Jewish people encounter a situation where a plastic bottle could be recycled, and it’s not. It’s a major oversight, and one that is easily fixed. The big change that ReJews seeks to bring is the revolution of recycling in the Jewish world. The ReJews cause is close the hearts of an extremely diverse range of Jewish organizations and people. The goal of recycling in the Jewish world is achievable. In accomplishing this goal, ReJews has received countless grants from a number of major organizations recently, and currently has a great amount of momentum moving forward.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rejews

Board of directors
as of 6/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Henry Goodelman

ReJews

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No