Oseh Shalom

Masks are required for all events due to rising case numbers.  Most events are offered in person and on Zoom. See the calendar for details.

Sacred Grounds Project

Oseh Butterly pollinating purple flowersShalom is excited to be part of the Sacred Grounds Maryland project, facilitated by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). This program educates faith communities about the importance of, and how to care for, our local waterways and environment by planting native plants. NWF secured a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Prince George’s County to conduct this project.

Adding native plants to our Oseh Shalom campus and our homes helps local waterways and wildlife and reduces maintenance.  Native plants need less care because they are more resilient. Native plants reduce storm water runoff and improve the quality and quantity of water heading to the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Native plants also provide food for birds and butterflies.

This is a grassroots effort to encourage everyone to plant native plants at Oseh Shalom and in their personal spaces, home, yard, or containers. Together, by caring for creation, Sacred Grounds will enable us to ensure our children and our community have a clean and safe environment well into the future.

Contact Sue Burger or Linda Solomon at sacred.grounds@oseh-shalom.org if you have any questions.

Pledge to Plant Nativehummingbird on orange flowers

Thank you to our wonderful Oseh Shalom community. We exceeded our pledge goal of 40 households. We hope your plants bloom and grow!

 56pledges as of May 1, 2022

Events and Learning Opportunities

We will update this section with events when they are planned! Check back, please!

Lag BaOmer Solar Workshop, Wednesday (5/18), aHouse with Solar Panelst 7 pm

Wednesday, May 18th at 7 pm 

On erev Lag BaOmer we will gather around a Zoom “campfire” to tell the story of how our electricity is made and how we might turn away from burning this spring by going solar at home. Interfaith Power & Light’s Jewish Climate Action Network and the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions invite you to learn about and consider joining Solar United Neighbor’s open solar purchasing groups for homeowners in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

Together we’ll:

  • Reflect on the Jewish call to turn away from burning and shift to cleaner power
  • Connect with Solar United Neighbors, which is convening open solar purchasing groups for homeowners this spring across our region: ipldmv.org/solarcoops
  • Learn how renters can subscribe to a community solar project through Neighborhood Sun: nsunsolar.com/ipl
  • Montgomery County Green Bank is bringing solar prices down for low- and moderate-income homeowners in the County through its Access Solar program.
  • Ask your questions about going solar together
  • Sign up to get started, and count the omer together

Register for the zoom link and bit.ly/JCANSolar and share on Facebook: bit.ly/JCANMay18.

Review of Events during 2021-2022 Fiscal Year

During the fiscal year August 2021 to July 2022, we hosted the following events:

Pictures of Plants for give-away

  • Focus Groups to identify questions and understanding of native plants from our community
  • NWF “Why Plant Native” webinar to learn about native plants, how they help pollinators, wildlife, waterways and the environment. (Video link under “Videos” below)
  • NWF “How-to Plant Native” webinar to learn about native plants, grants that support rain gardens and more. (Video link under “Videos” below)
  • Hosted an OSRS Good Deeds day workshop to teach our students about native plants
  • Co-sponsored a Naturalist hike at the Howard County Conservatory with the Oseh Men’s Club.
  • Planting Hope Native Plant Giveaway to give our 56 pledgers some native plants for their gardens, provided by NWF. Thank you to everyone that pledged.

Fall TBD: Walking Tours of Native Gardens

See native gardens in each others homes. Watch the eNews for details

Landscaping Ideas

Interested in planting a tree? Plant one of these native trees:

Red Bud Tree in bloom

  • White Oak
  • Black Cherry
  • Red Bud
  • Dogwood
  • And more



Interested in planting perennial flowers?  Plant one of these native plants:Pictures of 9 native flowering plants

Learn More/Resources

garden path with native plants

Garden path with Native plants

On the Web


  • “Why Plant Native Webinar” hosted by the NWF. View the video on YouTube

  • “How-to Plan Native Webinar” hosted by the NWF. View the recording here