Posts Tagged: environment

Typhoon Haiyan Calls for Action on Climate Change



When faced with catastrophe and war, we are quick to recall Leviticus 19: “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor bleeds.” This Jewish teaching led us to rally for stronger laws to prevent gun violence after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school and called us to demand justice after the Boston Marathon bombing. […]

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J-Life: An Opportunity for Constant Teaching of Values – and Fun, Too!



Coming up to camp I knew that we had moved from Shiur, the programed period for Jewish education, to J-Life rotations in the Garden, Israel education, Israeli Scouts and Teva (nature).

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What Matters to Us: Reflections from the Consultation on Conscience



by Rabbi Barry Block The disconnect is striking. “The Jewish vote,” we were told last year, is all about support for Israel. But here I am at the Consultation on Conscience.  Israel is on the agenda, to be sure. But it’s a crowded agenda. And our friends in Washington seem to “get” that better than […]

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The Ultimate Eco-Kibbutz



‎BBC Travel recently shone the spotlight on Israeli kibbutzim & their evolution over the years. The Reform Movement’s own Kibbutz Lotan, which celebrated its 30th birthday just last week, is highlighted as the “ultimate ‘eco-kibbutz.’” In “Kick Back on a Kibbutz,” BBC reporter Dan Savery Ray writes, The ultimate “eco-kibbutz” is Lotan, situated in the […]

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Temple Sinai of Glendale Goes Solar



by Maggie Freed Climate change is the greatest challenge our earth faces—and the longer we wait, the more difficult it will be to turn it around. Scientists agree that we are causing extreme weather by our greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from burning coal. If we don’t get serious about it, island nations will disappear, coastal […]

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Something’s Sprouting at Kibbutz Yarok



By Persephone Rivka and Sophie Vener In permaculture, Bill Mollison advises all gardeners and farmers to live in a tent on their land for a year before they start their design for one reason: observation. When immersed in a place, one can best observe important elements such as the amount of rainfall, where the water […]

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Turkey L’Tzedek



Turkey pardoning jokes aside, Thanksgiving packs a lot of ethical punches for a secular holiday. First, we have some murmurings of imperialism (more on that tomorrow in Sarah’s post). Add to that the simplified explanation of making peace with our neighbors (sound familiar in this week’s news?) And then on top of that we have […]

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Galilee Diary: Sustainability III



They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered […]

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Planning for 7 Billion: Water Scarcity



Two and a half years ago I celebrated Passover in China, attending Seder with Kehillat Beijing, a congregation composed mostly of Jewish expats living and studying in the Chinese capital. Gathered together to retell the exodus of our ancestors, I remember reaching the point in the story where Moses parts the Red Sea to lead […]

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Zionist Peat: If You Love Israel, Compost!



In the 1950’s, Israel’s still-young government decided to drain the beautiful but malarial and ecologically sensitive Huleh Valley.  Experts and environmental activists protested, noting that once dried out, the soil (mostly peat thanks to the abundant wetlands) would not be very fertile, and the whole project may require reversal.  At a key meeting, the Jewish […]

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Galilee Diary: Sustainability II



God placed in [the heavens] a tent for the sun, who is like a groom coming forth from his chamber, like a hero, eager to run his course. His rising-place is at one end of the heaven, and his circuit reaches the other; nothing escapes his heat. -Psalms 19:5-7 Driving around the country these days, […]

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Leaving the Corners: A Report from the Field



by Rabbi Joel Mosbacher You shall leave the Peah (corners) of the field– they are for the poor and the stranger among you. (Leviticus 23:33) And though no definite amount is given for Peah, one should not make the Peah less than one-sixtieth of the entire crop. It is all based upon the size of the field, the […]

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At the Starting Line: 14% by 2014



Two years from now, we will celebrate the beginning of the Shmittah year, or sabbatical year. Shmittah marks the seventh year in the ancient agricultural cycle, when we are commanded to “release” (the literal Hebraic translation of shmittah) the Earth from human stress. Our land is to lay fallow and any fruits or vegetables that […]

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In the Aftermath of the Colorado Firestorm



Yesterday, following weeks of fast-moving wildfires spreading across the state, Governor John Hickenlooper officially lifted the fire ban in Colorado.  Extreme fires have burned throughout Colorado since late June, devastating thousands of acres of land and causing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. At its height, ten major fires were burning throughout […]

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