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Before the Ecstasy, the Laundry

A Pre-High Holiday, Hands-on Workshop to Make Your Own Natural Household Cleaning Products

with Taly Rutenberg
Cost: $100
All proceeds go to Chochmat HaLev

Registration: Contact us at shalom@chochmat.org to reserve and pay for your spot
Only 12 spots available!

As Elul approaches, we turn our attention to the ways we can change in our lives – spiritually, emotionally, and physically – in the coming year.

Using the material world as a gateway for spiritual growth, this workshop will teach you how to make your own natural, non-toxic household cleaning products.  Over the course of an afternoon, we will learn to make laundry detergent, liquid dish soap, all-purpose spray, and hand soap, all satisfying to use and wonderful smelling (or unscented, if you prefer.)  Participants will take home the products they make in sustainable containers.

In the process, we will be building on a core teaching of Judaism – ba’al tashchit (do not waste) – which forms the foundation of Jewish environmental action.  Doing this before the holidays will prepare us for the year ahead with a daily activity that can become a practice, promoting health and well-being for you, your family and the planet.

Along the way, we’ll connect with friends, learn how to use less plastic and reduce the toxic load of commercial housecleaning products going into the environment.

All materials and snacks will be provided, and all profits from the workshop will go directly to support Chochmat HaLev.

Taly Rutenberg, LCSW is a member of Chochmat HaLev and a social worker and psychotherapist in private practice in Berkeley.  Inspired by the waste-free movement, she has reduced her family’s plastic consumption by 90%.  One of the most satisfying elements of this change has been making her own household cleaning products from natural ingredients, including vinegars infused with locally harvested citrus and botanicals.  She has taught this workshop throughout the Bay Area and looks forward to sharing her skills and enthusiasm with you.


August 25


1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States



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