Reverse Tashlich                                                        
      Twenty-three enthusiastic volunteers of all ages collected 24 bags of trash, 14 bags of recyclables, 9 tires, and about 50 pounds of bulk trash from Still Creek behind the Greenbelt Dog Park as part of Mishkan Torah’s third annual “Reverse Tashlich” on Sunday, April 10. “Tashlich” refers to the Jewish New Year’scustom of throwing crumbs into a stream to symbolically rid oneself of bad habits.  In a  “Reverse Tashlich,” volunteers pull trash out of a stream to help clean up the watershed. 

      The event was part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day. It was also supported by Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group and the Alice Ferguson Foundation. 

       The most interesting find of the day was not trash but the skull of a small mammal with two large canines. Volunteers at the site pondered what it might have been—small dog? fox? No matter the species, if it were alive today, that critter would be surprised to discover how clean its habitat became after the Reverse Tashlich was completed.