Organic Market at Synagogue in Briarcliff Manor, NY

Susan and Brandon Thrope, and Gail Perlow

Susan and Brandon Thrope, and Gail Perlow

Congregation Sons of Israel’s organic market—featuring fresh and dried fruit, veggies, eggs, honey, herbs and more—is now in operation Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, at 1666 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY. The market is open to the public.

Advance orders for pickup are encouraged but not necessary, says congregant and market volunteer Gail Perlow, and suggestions and requests for produce and other items will be taken and accommodated if possible. For now the market is sourcing its produce from other growers, but congregants will soon plant a three-quarter-acre garden and sell produce from the synagogue’s own property. They hope eventually to offer classes and community projects for all ages centered around themes of farming, food, nutrition, health, environmental stewardship and social justice—subjects at the root of Jewish spiritual and cultural traditions, Perlow says.

“Through the market, garden and education programs, the synagogue community seeks to address, connect to and be part of helping to resolve these important issues,” she says. “Our ultimate goal is to offer our children and the congregation an on-site gardening experience in which to learn about organic gardening and its benefits, as well as to understand the connection between Judaism, nature and agriculture. This initiative will also serve as a model for Jewish environmental and social responsibility.”

For info, contact Rabbi Steven Kane or Synagogue Director Ellen Green Johnson at 914.762.2700, or visit CSIBriarcliff.org.