Yesterday (March 21, 2013), along with 14 other religious folk, clergy and committed "laity," I was arrested for standing at the White House with Bitter Herb and Matzah, signs and songs, reciting the names of more than 100 people who had been killed by one result of the climate crisis: Superstorm Sandy. The action was organized by Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, of which The Shalom Center is a vigorously active member. We were calling on the president to act swiftly to heal our Mother Earth from the climate crisis, from the plagues that modern Pharaohs --... read more.
Art Kibbutz NY, the international Jewish artist colony will be launching its pilot residency program this spring at the spectacular Eden Village Camp in Putnam Valley, New York. The first season's theme is THE JEWISH WALTZ WITH PLANET EARTH. From May 1-22, 2013, outstanding Jewish artists from all disciplines will be able to work on developing their work while in residence at Eden Village Camp, renowned for its naturalistic beauty, a spectacular 248-acre venue bordered on three sides by the wooded hills of Clarence Fahnestock State Park in the Hudson Valley, just 50 miles ... read more.
The Jewish environmental movement will have a shared presence at the Forward on Climate rally. Here are the details about the rally, as described by 350.org: At 12 Noon on Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action. Many Jewish environmental organizations are promoting or participating in the event. For example: The Shalom Center urges Jew... read more.
For anyone interested in Bible study, nature, the environment or religion, this unique and valuable resource elucidates the connections between Judaism and the natural world. The Natural Bible explores how religious environmental values can help us have a healthier relationship with the earth, and at the same time, how an appreciation of the natural environment enriches our understanding of the biblical text’s use of metaphors from the natural world. Topics include sus... read more.
Yesterday, we concluded our Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment. In appropriate Jewish fashion, we are turning immediately from LEARNING to DOING by launching our Year of Jewish Action on the Environment today! Just in time for Tu b'Shevat, the new Canfei Nesharim/Jewcology Year of Action will provide tools and resources to empower the Jewish community to take action on energy conservation and reduce food waste. We're thrilled to announce that this program will be implemented in partnership with the Coalition on the Environmen... read more.
Urban Adamah, based in Berkeley, CA, is a three-month intensive residential leadership training program for young adults ages 21-31, that integrates urban organic farming, social justice work and progressive Jewish living and learning. Twelve to fourteen Urban Adamah Fellows are selected each season to operate an organic farm and educational center, intern with community organizations addressing issues at the intersection of poverty, food security and environmental stewardship, and learn an approach to Jewish tradition that opens the heart and builds joyful community... read more.
Call To Action: A Pray-in For the Climate Dear Friends, We are facing a Climate Cliff, and we are calling upon religious and spiritual leaders, other believers and all people of good will to join us to address its danger by participating in “A Pray-in for the Climate” in front of the White House on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Super-storm Sandy, the drastic droughts in our corn country, record-breaking Arctic ice melt, and unheard-of floods in Vermont, let alone disasters in Australia, Russia, Pakistan and Africa, all warn us: the disruption of our planet w... read more.
Tree b'Earthday: A Tu b'Shevat Celebration Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Connecticut Berkshires Give thanks for the birthday of the trees and the Jewish Earth Day with the many branches of the Jewish environmental movement. Join activists, rabbis, leaders, and educators to contemplate and celebrate our interconnectedness with trees and the natural world. Tree-mendous highlights include: -Romemu-style (Renewal) services with Shir Yaakov -Orthodox services with Rabbi Greg Wall All-inclusi... read more.
It's been a big year for Jewcology. Specifically, it’s been a Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, with new learning materials released on a wide range of Jewish environmental topics. These materials have been shared widely in the Jewish community, including by such diverse Jewish publications as TorahCafe.com, the Jerusalem Post, Hirhurim (Torah Musings), and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In total, it’s the most comprehensive set of resources ever created on the topic of Torah and the environment. We encourage you to learn these... read more.
Jewish Energy Network – Community Organizing Training with JOIN for Justice March 13-14 – Washington, DC Gain the skills you need to take action! CLICK HERE to apply Creating systemic change can be challenging. But there are tools that can help! Gain skills to take action in your community. In support of the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign and the Jewish Energy Network, COEJL is convening a two-day community organizing training, in partnership with JOIN for Justice, in Washington DC on March 13 and 14. This training will provide you with community ... read more.