Thank You for Helping Us Celebrate Earth Day at the J!
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About Earth Day
Join the JCC on the front lawn and parking lot of the Max and Mae Simon Jewish Community Campus for Earth Day at the J on Sunday, May 1 from 1-4 pm.
This free community event is made possible by AES Indiana, Citizens Energy Group and many others who share the common goal of protecting the earth and its resources. Participating organizations share the Earth Day belief that sustainability is the path to prosperity.
Highlights of the event:
- The AES electric car show featuring Motor. Get a first-hand glimpse at the Tesla Model 3 and Model X, Audi E-Tron and Chevy Bolt and see just how easy it is to start driving electric!
- All your favorite earth-friendly organizations will be here with interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and giveaways centered around sustainability and going green.
- Arts with a Purpose, presented by the J’s Early Childhood Education department, will have hands-on visual activities for children of all ages. Also featuring music from Cathy Morris. In Celebration Plaza.
- A beer garden sponsored by Sun King. And Ash & Elm Cider will be on hand, too with their two flagship ciders and two seasonal special ciders. Among the food trucks that will be on-site are NY Slice, Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Nicey Treat, Pierogi Love Indy, Pastabilitiez, Java Brew Coffee and Pronto Taco. Kosher food option also available.
- The WTTS street team will provide musical entertainment.
For video and audio interview clips about the event:
All Together Now!
More than 5,000 people of all backgrounds and faiths are expected to stop by and celebrate sustainability and going green. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families and our livelihoods by investing in our planet. The event is FREE.
We are accepting donations:
- of used shoes that are in good condition (any kind, any condition, any size) for Changing Footprints
- of gently-used children’s books (ages 0-18) for Indy Book Project
- non-perishable items for Popsie’s Pantry and Gleaners (both organizations, as well as our J Cares community service initiative, are recruiting for volunteers as well)
Please note that we ask that your four-legged family members wait for you at home while you attend this event; with children and lots of distracting activities, we want to ensure everyone’s safety, including dogs.
Sustainability is a Core Value
A core Jewish value is tikkun olam, Hebrew for repairing the earth or making the world a better place. It is a natural fit for the JCC to celebrate this day as its signature event for the Indianapolis community.
Make this the year for you to get up to speed on electric cars! AES Indiana | Motor has subscription plans that start with only a 30-day commitment. Motor’s Drive app makes it easy to select an electric car and schedule delivery without leaving the comfort of your home. For more information, visit the AES electric vehicle website.
Beer, Wine and Cider Stations
In addition to an assortment of Indy’s best food trucks and entertainment, those 21 and older will be able to enjoy Sun King brews and flagship and seasonal hard ciders from Ash & Elm Cider!
The event is at the front of the JCC along Hoover Road. The event is at the front of the JCC along Hoover Road. Parking is available onsite at the JCC as well as at Hasten Hebrew Academy (6602 Hoover Rd – sidewalks and crosswalk are available) and Congregation Etz Chaim (6915 Hoover Road). There also will be parking available in back of the JCC (east) and at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck (600 W 70th, about a 1.5 mi walk).
Click the thumbnail below for a map of the event.
80 Acre Farm (free samples, coupons, etc)
AES (Electric Car Show)
Anchor Health Chiropractic (NASA technology that can show misalignment in the spine/dysfunction in the nervous system)
Chabad Center for Jewish Learning
CIRTA/Commuter Connect (Rush Hour game)
Citizens Climate Lobby
Citizens Energy Group (water quality)
City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability
Congregation Beth Shalom (planting seeds and decorating a book mark)
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Recycle Rules)
Crossroads of America Council, Boys Scouts of America
Elders Climate Action
Gen3Bio, Inc. (toy fishing)
Girl Scouts of America (Earth Day Paper Plate craft)
Gleaners Food Bank
Global Gifts (fair trade items from around the world)
Habitat Sartorial (Fashion for a cause)
Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis (orange peel jewelry crafting, repurposing)
Hoosier Environmental Council
IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management) Prize wheel
Indiana Jewish Discovery Center
Indiana Owned, an Indiana Originals company featuring:
- Four Thirteen Design, LLC
- Wood Be Memories
- Harper Toy, LLC
- Abigail Emmert Art
- Singing Land Fibers
- Hope Chiropractic
- Indiana Gifts
- Indiana Owned
Indiana Parks Alliance
Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Indianapolis Public Library Bookmobile
It’s a Mitzvah Shop
Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Peterson Construction & Property Services
Popsie’s Pantry (bring food and non-perishable items to donate to this local pantry)
Sea Scope (make waves)
State Farm Auto Insurance & More (lucky bamboo stalks with colored hydro gel beads)
Unique Home Solutions
Current as of Apr 27, 2022.
Earth Day at the J Sponsors
Thank you to the following sponsors for making the 2022 Earth Day at the J possible.
Greg and Renny Silver
Current sponsors as of Apr 28, 2022