We envision a Jewish community that is committed to the protection and preservation of the Marine Environment. This year Jews around the world joined the 4th Annual Reverse Tashlich, and our vision is becoming reality.
Jewish communities from 18 countries and 30 states made a commitment to take part in Reverse Tashlich and begin 5782 by coming together to stop pollution of our blue planet by removing "sins" (man-made debris) from local beaches, waterfronts, parks, and piers, as a part of their Jewish values.
Reverse Tashlich began with just five students at a small, liberal arts college on the west coast of Florida, and has grown exponentially in participation and impact every year. Below you'll learn about our biggest year yet, and highlights from communities around the world: a beachside community in England that opened their new tradition to members of other faiths, a cleanup that removed over 2000 pounds of debris in the Pacific Northwest, how interest is spreading in Israel, a bar mitzvah project that inspired future cleanups, and more. We hope you enjoy learning about the largest global Jewish initiative to repair the sea to date, and hearing stories about communities collaborating around the world. Thank you for your interest and involvement in the Jewish movement to repair the sea.
Thank you to the Maurice A. and Thelma P. Rothman Family Foundation for making Tikkun HaYam and Reverse Tashlich possible.
An International Movement
170 Registered Locations
2000+ Registered Participants
240% increase in community registrations compared to the previous year.
Argentina • Australia • Azerbaijan • Belarus • Brazil • Canada • Georgia • Ireland • Israel • Moldova
New Zealand • Palau • South Africa • Sweden • Switzerland • Ukraine • United Kingdom • United States
Tikkun HaYam encouraged communities to log their debris in an international debris database by using the Marine Debris Tracker app.
We do not know how much trash the Jewish Community removed as a part of Reverse Tashlich. But, based on the data we have, we can estimate that it was... a lot.
Communities logged trash in the Marine Debris
In 6 Countries
What was the most commonly found item?
“I was amazed by the interest from a diversity [of people] in Israel, reaching all the way to ultra orthodox communities, very liberal crowds, municipalities, youth movements, different NGOS, all different kinds of levels of people who want to be engaged and take part in Reverse Tashlich.”
"It was so meaningful to be doing this with other Jewish communities around the world."
Los Angeles, California
It will bring [Jews] together in a way that we haven't done before.
"It is an easy and very meaningful way for people to complete a mitzvah together and engage in Tikkun Olam all while cleaning up our beautiful community. What a great way to kick off each new year."
Margate, New Jersey
“It was a very special opportunity to start the new year in a different way, and it gave us a very tangible way to reflect on our actions and our impact on others as well as the Earth."
Boca Raton, Florida
"It had a feeling of 'oneness', unity."
Oceanside, New York
"There was a peace at our event... Some sort of emotional release definitely happened spirituality in that space."
Brooklyn, New York
Adelaide Jewish Community*
Ella's Mitzvah Project
Hampton Roads River Dogs
Scott’s Head Whales*
מרכז קהילתי גליל תחתון
Thanet and District Reform Synagogue
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
"The Mayor of Ramsgate joined the Ramsgate Jewish community for its inaugural Reverse Taschlich event... It was a multi-faith event to celebrate the area's cultural diversity and cooperation. The Mayor donated litter pickers, as well as rubbish bags to assist with the clean-up. This was a wonderful opportunity for people of all faiths, or none, to come together to clear up our environment." - Ramsgate Town Council
“With the whole idea of the holiday being about being introspective and thoughtful, we want to be outwardly thoughtful about our impact as a community rather than being wholly introverted and thinking about one’s own action.” - Tim Spurrier
Josh's Bar Mitzvah Service Project
"We not only were cleaning up for the environment, we not only were doing something locally as a family for a service project or a mitzvah, but we were part of this greater initiative. And that is what was impactful." - Howard Dakoff
Congregation Shir Tikvah
"It was 2,360 pounds of trash. It just was a mind blower." - Robbie Lambert
Temple Beth Am
Coral Springs, Florida
“The city bent over backwards to help us, and thank us, and were so appreciative.” - Bonnie Taepakdee