Purim Costume Gemach in Jerusalem

Netanya Carmi (pictured above) initially didn’t want to get rid of her own kids’ costumes.

Slowly friends and neighbors understood that she had a growing collection and started asking her if they wanted their old costumes.

Eventually by the next Purim, people knew she had costumes and wanted to borrow them. And it spiraled from there!

It has been already four years and Netanya’s Gemach has over 500 costumes for all ages.

How does it work?

First join the Facebook Group, Purim Costume Gemach Jerusalem : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1430051320379852/

She takes a 20nis deposit per costume.

When the costume is returned on time she returns 15nis and 5nis goes towards the Gemach.

If a costume is not returned on time the deposit is not returned.

The return date this year is Friday, April 5th, two weeks after Purim.

This year the Gemach is located in Talpiyot at the Beit Boyer Shul by appointment only.

For those who like to plan their costumes well in advance, they are welcome to comment on a photo to reserve a costume at any time of the year.

And, of course, you can donate costumes to the Gemach all year long, so be in touch with Netanya in the group.

This is an amazing Zero Waste initiative Netanya! Looking forward to being a part of this Gemach!


Zero Waste Jerusalem is a local movement for those seeking to lead a more conscious lifestyle, develop sensible consumption habits, reduce waste, and support each other’s individual journeys.

Join the community through our Facebook Group to engage in current discussions, initiatives and find out about upcoming events.

Smog of the Sea Film Screening and Panel Discussion at the Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem

Zero Waste Jerusalem was excited to be a part of a truly insightful and informative (English) panel on the current situation of plastic and waste in Jerusalem, and Israel as a whole. December 13th, 2018. The panel was organized by the Abraham Hostel Jerusalem and Plastic Free Israel and took place on December 13, 2018

The amazing panel included our own Shalom Or from Jerusalem Green Fund קרן ירושלים ירוקה and Zero Waste Jerusalem, Stav Freed from Plastic Free Israel, Inon Dan Kehati from البيت הבית The Home, Omri Hazor from Surf Film Nights, and organizer/moderator Therez Hill.

Highly recommend watching.

To continue this important and relevant discussion, join our Facebook Group: Zero Waste Jerusalem

The panel was filmed and edited by Amy Schwartz Ozeri from Café Avra Productions for Zero Waste Jerusalem

*We would also definitely recommend watching/hosting a screening of Smog of the Sea.

” The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog? ” www.thesmogofthesea.com

Our First Meeting, July 25th 2018


Zero Waste Israel’s first meeting was held on July 25th at OR Yoga & Massage Therapy.

After brief introductions and discussion about both our challenges in living a zero waste lifestyle and some of our greatest successes, there was a deep sense of commitment and solidarity within the group, with a focus on practical steps that we will take both as individuals and as a community. While certain commitments have been made (and are greatly appreciated) there are still many opportunities to get involved, support, and give to our new and exciting movement.

We have divided up specific tasks related to the following issues. Please connect to our Facebook group to know who is currently heading up each area.

1) Synagogues/Communal Settings
2) Collective Buying/Community Support
3) Knowledge, Awareness of Processes, Education, School Programs
4) Shopping/Purchasing Point, Food Recovery
5) Shared Living Spaces
6) Industrial/Political Level, Motivation to Change and Religious Ideals
7) Fines, Phasing Out (Plastic Bottles, Bags)
8) Zero Waste Items, 2nd Hand Stores
9) Events, Meals, Workshops
10) Fundraising

Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend. We hope you will get involved at your own pace and to see you at our next meeting.