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How to Join Reverse Tashlich From Home

Thank you for joining the global movement to repair the sea. Hundreds of communities around the world are participating in the international High Holidays cleanup, Reverse Tashlich. However, you don’t have to be associated with an organization to join this important initiative. We invite you to join us from wherever you are.

Why is Reverse Tashlich Important?

Every year, around 8 million tons of plastic debris makes its way into the ocean from coastal communities - approximately five garbage bags full of trash for every foot of coastline worldwide. Plastic pollution poses a threat to aquatic life, which disrupts the balance of ecosystems. The ocean is the largest carbon sink in the world, and a healthy balance is essential in promoting a safe and stable climate.

Reverse Tashlich is the expression of the Jewish mitzvot Bal Tashchit, the prohibition against needless waste and destruction. Over the last six years the movement has expanded and Jewish communities around the world have added this international waterfront cleanup to their High Holiday celebrations.

How You Can Join

You can join an official registered community. Check out the official map to see if there is a Reverse Tashlich event near you.

If not. Here are seven easy steps to join the movement:

2. Grab a bag. No need to go to the store to buy something new. You can use:

  • Old plastic grocery bag

  • Mup bucket

  • Five gallon bucket

  • Any bag that can be thrown in the washing machine

3. Cover your hands. You can use:

  • Baseball gloves

  • Winter gloves

  • Gardening gloves

  • Work gloves

  • Bread bags

  • Tortilla bags

4. Head to a body of water. You can participate in Reverse Tashlich at:

  • The beach

  • A lakefront

  • A riverwalk

  • A park with a pond

  • A bridge

  • And more!

5. Collect your trash. Look for the small microplastics and cigarette butts, in addition to the larger more apparent pieces of trash.

6. Take a picture of you and your haul, and share on social media with #ReverseTashlich

7. Properly dispose of your trash so it doesn't make it's way into the water.

That’s it! If you’re interested in taking it a step further, we encourage you to log the debris you find as well, to contribute to the global debris database, and tell the world what trash you removed. Learn more here.


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