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Mishkan members Deena Loeb and Peter Handler have received major honors for their work relating to the environment, locally and globally. We wish them each not only a hearty "Mazal Tov" but, also, "Hazak, hazak v'nithazayk," may they go from strenth to strength!

Deenah Loeb is a Knight Cities Challenge award winner for her work with the City Parks Association of Philadelphia. Deenah's project, Urban Arboreta, was selected from more than 7,000 nominations and will transform vacant land in Philadelphia into urban forests that produce trees to be replanted on city streets and in parks.

Deenah is a landscape architect who served as steward of the site design when Mishkan Shalom purchased our building on Freeland Avenue. She founded and led Mishkan's Site Stewards for many years. You can continue Deenah's wonderful work for Mishkan by signing up for a watering shift this summer, to help our site stay green and growing!

Peter Handler was awarded the National Audubon Society's top honor,  Art Inspiring Conservation. Peter shares the following notice he received when informed of this honor: "I am delighted to tell you that, after great consideration, our Award Selection Committee has unanimously voted you to be the recipient of the 2015 Audubon AIC Award. You have been selected, first and foremost, for your extraordinary work with wood. Each piece is elegant, showcasing your fine craftsmanship and the natural beauty of your materials. Equally impressive is your extensive advocacy efforts on behalf of the environment. Most notably we were captivated by your "Canaries in the Coal Mine" series relating to climate change. Your ongoing record of lobbying and educating locally and nationally, and your beautifully crafted furniture and reliquary, surely make you a very worthy recipient of the AIC Award."

Peter designed and built the beautiful ark, lectern and ritual object table for our Sanctuary. His climate change work is currently on display in the Heschel-King Room. Extended through April, you can still see the Honoring the Future Climate Change Exhibit, with Peter's work, along with that of artist Paula Winokur.


Special appreciation to Stephanie Shell and Gene Bishop, Co-Chairs of the Acts of Caring Committee, for bringing this happy news to the community.

The Acts of Caring Committee serves to bring Mishkan members together virtually and spiritually -- and sometimes physically -- to share in members' life cycle events. To learn more, click on the link above.

Got something to kvell over? To notify the G'milut Hasadim/Acts of Caring committee of something wonderful or a life-cycle event, happy or sad, or to suggest or request services through Hineni, email


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