LIVINGSTON, NJ -Temple B'Nai Abraham in Livingston is home to a huge amount of property. And on that property, tucked back in a wooded area, sits a pair of beehives, part of a new project by the temple in conjunction with a Short Hills Boy Scout.
The project is the result of an idea by Rabbi Emeritus Clifford Kulwin and the efforts of TBA member and Short Hills resident Casey Dutch, who made the hives the focus of his Eagle Scout project.
Dutch is also a member of Boy Scout Troop 15 in Short Hills. During the course of the project, he worked with Kulwin and the temple to put the hives in place.
Both he and the congregation were looking for a way to more effectively use the wooded area on their property while helping the environment. Some of the suggestions included deer fencing, the removal of invasive plants, and helping native plants re-establish themselves.
While they may be implemented at some point, the honeybees and their hives are a major first step.
The project is important, as bee populations have died off drastically in recent years, a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.
By bringing the hives in, Dutch, Kulwin and the temple hope to make a positive impact in the world.
"We’ve done something truly good for the environment in one of the most fundamental ways possible," Kulwin said. "And we’ve also done something good for those with a sweet tooth. In just two months the hives have yielded over 30 pounds of honey."
He added, “The hives pose no danger. They are located far from the building, in an area where no one goes. During a typical workday, bees forage in a two-mile radius from the hive, a coverage area of nearly 10,000 acres. They will not be congregating by the congregation.“