ANNOUNCING COEJL’S JEWISH ENERGY NETWORK! Webinar on Becoming a Jewish Energy Champion in Your Community Tuesday, October 16 at 2:30 pm est Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/487930350 Learn about COEJL’s new Jewish Energy Network and how you can take action on renewable energy and energy efficiency in your Jewish community. Hear about successful Jewish environmental initiatives. Panelists will share their insights on how to achieve energy goals while also meeting the needs of your synagogue or... read more.
During this special time, the Jewish "days of Awe," you can help us build a sustainable year for Jewcology! In our "Year of Action" Campaign, we have already raised $5,434 toward our $7,500 match from the ROI community. We have just $2066 left to go, and about 30 hours to raise it. Can you help us meet the match by tomorrow night? The deadline is Monday, September 24 at 11:59 pm Eastern! Become part of our superhero squad! To donate, visit www.indiegogo.c... read more.
Yesterday, members of the Jewcology community attended “Greening America’s Congregations: The Faith Community and Energy Efficiency," organized and hosted by White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The event brought together more than 100 faith leaders to talk about how we as the faith community can make a different in saving energy, saving money, and reducing emissions. We are proud to share that our very own Evonne Marzouk spoke at this White House event, on the panel about Stewardship in Our Faith Tradition, represe... read more.
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development based out of Jerusalem has recently released a new video entitled "One Home." This unique interfaith eco viral video features world religious leaders speaking out on environmental sustainability. Faith leaders including Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the Dalai Lama, and others deliver a message of hope and inspiration on the importance of protecting the earth, our common home. Please share this video with your family, your friends, and your community and help promote a sustainable future! bit.ly/onehome1 read more.
Despite all the headlines and rhetoric of conflict here is a positive project for understanding and co-existence- Heavens Field Farm- where the emphasis is on our belonging to the land, not ownership. A small group of Israelis and Palestinians are working together to create an organic farm- a piece of land where both sides will aspire to respect each other and the Land that is our common source- of life and strife. Please check out the video and campaign on http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/95349?a=552277 . We are trying to raise our seed money for the first years planting and p... read more.
The eighth topic in the Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, Spiritual Roots of the Environmental Crisis, has just been released! Our environmental crisis stems from a spiritual root. We can address the problem with the Jewish values of taking responsibility, being satisfied, focusing on the present and being conscious of the future. This topic is especially relevant during these three weeks that lead up to Tisha B'av, a day on which we mourn destruction. See all Spiritual Roots of the Environmental Crisis Mater... read more.
BACKGROUND COEJL and The RAC (Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism) are joining together to demonstrate the Jewish community’s support for our nation’s first-ever proposed limits on carbon emissions from new power plants. The proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants will prevent any new power plant from emitting more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. With conventional coal plants currently emitting more than 1,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt, pollution controls setting higher technology standards are lon... read more.
The seventh topic in the Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment, Holy Use: Relating to Resources Sustainably, has just been released! People living in consumer society relate to material objects in a vastly different way than people did in previous times. Age-old Jewish teachings reveal a Jewish vision for 'holy use' of the material world and relate deeply to today's need for sustainable resource use.The ancient story of Noah and the flood relates to many ecological issues facing the modern world. For example, the preservation of our envir... read more.
Burning Bush Adventures has been a leader in combining wilderness and Jewish experiences for 20 years. To learn more about BBA visit our web site at: www.burningbushadventures.com June 8 - 10: Delaware River Water Gap canoe shabbaton: We will paddle a stretch of the Delaware River entirely within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGRA). There is an abundance of wildlife (no promises we’ll see any) and the river is lively, offering several exciting stretches. The trip includes baking challah in a dutch oven, kabbalat shabbat servi... read more.
Join the “Fast for the Earth”! Launching August 1, 2012, the Fast will be a global nonviolent protest against wanton disregard for the natural world, and a spiritual affirmation that we are all part of that world, responsible for its careful tending. The Fast is being organized by a group of concerned citizens in Brookings, SD (USA), who are deeply troubled by tar sands mining and the construction of related pipelines. It has been inspired by the recent public fasting of indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada in protest of the same, and will be undertake... read more.