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Deborah Brown, a “green burial” advocate, outlined environmentally responsible burial practices in a panel discussion at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston on May 16th. Green burial practices include unvarnished caskets, non-use of chemicals such as embalming fluids, and simple graves without concrete vaults or liners. Brown explained that such burials pollute less than cremation, which releases toxins into the atmosphere, and are increasingly available at cemeteries offering naturalistic burial zones. Joining Brown on the panel were Larry Goldberg of JRC (left) and David I. Jacobson of Chicago Jewish Funerals. Rabbi Brant Rosen (right) served as moderator. For more information: 847-864-9468.