While there's much to applaud in the Jewish Green movement- and who can resist the image of gangly new lambs and smiling, fresh faces?- I believe there's an underside that needs to be aired. Our idealistic college student daughter was hired by Eden Village Camp, mentioned in your article, as a cook in the summer of 2011. When she got there, she was told that instead of cooking, she'd be washing dishes. Full time and then some. It turned out they would have her at the dishwasher 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, including Shabbat...She began work at dawn and ended near nightfall. The kitchen often reached 100 degrees, and her hands peeled from constantly being in rubber gloves. Vivian Lehler Stadlin and her husband Yossi were aware of the situation- Vivian found our daughter crying from exhaustion, and sweet talked her into continuing. Yossi eventually brought in some large fans to cool the kitchen somewhat. A dish helper from town was hired, but then quickly quit because of the difficult conditions. A call by me to the NY State Labor Dept. revealed the loophole that allowed this to continue...because our daughter was a college student, and they were a non-profit, they were not compelled to pay overtime, or adhere to reasonable work hours. Vivian was surely well aware that this was the case, being a Columbia law grad, and closely involved for years in Urban Justice initiatives. Apparently, when it comes to the youth on whose backs their dreams are being built, their vision of Justice and Sustainability is blurred by their ambitions.
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from the article: Is U.S. Jewish green movement at a tipping point?