Huffing and Puffing Won't Blow It Down: The Straw House Makes a Comeback

Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Sue Kurtz; Zak Kurtz

Research Area: Culture and religion; Environment

Keywords: Informal Jewish Education; Campus Organizations; Environmental advocacy

Type: Brief


The Kurtz family built an eco-friendly straw bale home in 1999 according to their Jewish and environmental values. Sue Kurtz, the Executive Director of Hillel at Virginia Tech, is taking this technology to campus, constructing a green Hillel building. The Kurtz family philosophy is based on 'eco-Judaism' and they argue that the Jewish community must include environmentalism in Jewish education.