SUMMIT, NJ - Water is a scarce commodity to all countries in the Jordan River Valley. Congregation Ohr Shalom - Summit Jewish Community Center (COS-SJCC) GreenFaith Committee and the Summit GreenFaith Circle will host a presentation about Interfaith Environmental Justice initiatives now taking place to address current water scarcity in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority on June 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The program will take place at COS-SJCC, located at 67 Kent Place Boulevard.

Dr. Jonathan Golden, Director of Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture (CRCC) and Conflict will discuss transboundary water sharing and environmental cooperation in the Jordan River Valley. Andrew Wilshinsky from the Build Israel Palestine Council, another partner in this project, will also speak.

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A partnership between the Arava Institute (a JNF partner), the Build Israel Palestine Council, House of Water and Environment and Drew’s CRCC has brought graywater recycling installations and solar-powered water pumping station to villages throughout the West Bank.
 
Water pollution and scarcity does not respect political boundaries so, as a result, pumping fresh water, treating wastewater and enabling reuse of graywater benefits both Israelis and Palestinians.

Environmental Justice is based on the concept that the most economically disadvantaged populations are subjected to the most environmental hazards where they live and play.  In the Palestinian Authority, many villages do not have access to water treatment infrastructure, nor do they have the technology to utilize scarce fresh water more than once.
 
Water filtration systems enable the inhabitants to reuse graywater which is water used for washing dishes, washing clothes, and showering. This reusable graywater enables self-sufficiency through providing irrigation water for local agriculture. Build Israel Palestine has been working to bring solar-powered water pumping to the Palestinian Authority villages which helps improve hygiene and agricultural opportunities.

Community members of all faiths are encouraged to attend, and to learn about how shared values can be put to work for peace and cooperation in a fragile region.