NORTH BRUNSWICK – One can often find Jeff Cadoff spending his Sundays near Congregation B’nai Tikvah in North Brunswick after dropping off his 12-year-old daughter at religious school.
Three years ago, Cadoff and his daughter decided to adopt a section of Route 1 south that passes the temple, located about a block away at Finnegans Lane.
This cleanup work has earned the synagogue the Adopt-a-Highway award from the New Jersey Clean Communities Council (NJCCC).
The Adopt-a-Highway Award is presented to a business, community organization, school or individual that has cleaned and maintained public property for at least two years, according to information provided about the award.
“This was a way to get involved in the synagogue and do something to help our community in a non-sectarian way,” Cadoff said in a prepared statement. “I wanted to participate in a positive way.”
Over the last three years, more than 40 congregants have helped Cadoff keep the section of highway clear of litter.
“When you’re walking along the road, you can see how much stuff is thrown,” Cadoff said. “You start to appreciate what it takes to clean up the roads, as well as the negative effects when you throw things out your car window.”
“Our Adopt-a-Highway partners have incredible passion in keeping New Jersey clean,” said NJCCC Executive Director Sandy Huber. “Congregation B’nai Tikvah is the ideal organization to win this award, creating a deeper appreciation for a litter-free New Jersey.”
For more information, visit njclean.org.