Rabbi Daniel Greer is a resourceful man who, about two decades ago, figured out how to ensure a tree planting exercise was not held back by the absence of plentiful rainfall. So he came up with a plan that involved placing a huge outdoor plastic bin the back of a mini-van, filling it with water from a garden hose, and driving from tree to tree giving each one a healthy drink.
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When he realized that the City of New Haven had put aside finances to help infrastructure development in the City of New Haven, Rabbi Daniel Greer decided to put in motion a plan to help his neighborhood. He settled on the idea of planting trees since he understood quite well how the presence of trees can help define a neighborhood. More than two decades ago, Rabbi Daniel Greer of the Yeshiva at New Haven learned that annual grant money was available from the City of New Haven that was purposed for infrastructure improvements. He decided that, if awarded, he would use the money to facilitate the planting of trees, especially in the neighborhood around Edgewood Park.
In the 1980’s, Rabbi Daniel Greer of the Yeshiva at New Haven had the Yeshiva and its affiliate non-profits apply for a grant from the City of New Haven for infrastructure development. He had in mind the purpose to plant trees in the Edgewood Park neighborhood. The grant was successful, and Rabbi Greer set about selecting the right landscapers and the type of trees to plant. Rabbi Daniel Greer is a resourceful man who, about two decades ago, figured out how to ensure a tree planting exercise was not held back by the absence of plentiful rainfall. So he came up with a plan that involved placing a huge outdoor plastic bin the back of a mini-van, filling it with water from a garden hose, and driving from tree to tree giving each one a healthy drink.
When trees are planted on private property, the owner of the property is typically keen to ensure they are watered and nourished for proper growth. When trees are planted in public spaces, like what Rabbi Daniel Greer helped accomplish more than two decades ago, they require a willing individual to take care of them. For the community at Edgewood Park, this individual is Rabbi Greer. Over the past two decades, Rabbi Daniel Greer of the Yeshiva at New Haven has been instrumental in the planting of trees in his community. He has been involved in the planting and watering of over 450 trees in the Edgewood Park Neighborhood.
In 1970, Rabbi Daniel Greer volunteered his legal expertise to help two American Jews find their way back home from the Soviet Union. Leonid and Esther Rigerman – the two individuals – had been confirmed as citizens of the United States but had not gained permission from Soviet authorities to leave Russia for their home country. Rabbi Greer was instrumental in helping them get safe passage. In his role as the attorney for two American citizens denied permission by Soviet authorities to travel to the United States in 1970, Rabbi Daniel Greer sent a telegram to the Secretary of State William P. Rogers to protest the lack of action being taken to bring the American citizens home. Rabbi Greer was instrumental in forcing United States officials to take meaningful action.
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