A thought provoking and interesting climate change sermon
by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism.
– For the sake of our planet. An article packed with tips by Lisa Joseph. Jewish Tribune 25.9.19
– What can we learn from the Rebbe? Insight from the Lubavitcher Rebbe Jewish Tribune 26.9.19
– Ben Weich “How can we turn the tide on global warming?” October 4th 2019
– “A Flaming Fire, Consuming Everything” – Tisha Ba’Av in a Time of Climate Crisis
– Jewish Eco-spirituality tips by Lawrence Troster
– What’s Jewish about Action to Avert Climate change by Jewish Eco-seminars
– Judaism and ethical consumption by Jewish Eco-seminars
A central issue is the recognition that the climate and ecological emergency is a political and ethical matter is known as climate justice. The inequity of suffering is emphasised when it’s recognised that those least responsible for causing global heating are those who are suffering and will suffer the most.
Resources for further information.
Global Justice Now is a grassroots campaigning and advocacy organisation that has lots of information on action and trade justice matters. They are a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. GJN mobilises people in the UK for change, and acts in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.
Why I’m flying to tell the UN we’re waking up to climate change, by Jeffrey Newman, Nov 20th 2018 https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/why-im-flying-to-tell-the-un-were-waking-up-to-climate-change/
There is nothing more Jewish than taking radical action by Laura Miller, July 5th 2019 https://www.thejc.com/comment/comment/there-is-nothing-more-jewish-than-taking-radical-action-1.486181
Celebrate Green Shabbat this weekend – and save the planet by Ben Weich, July 5th 2019 https://www.thejc.com/news/news-features/celebrate-green-shabbat-this-weekend-and-save-the-planet-1.486188
Climate change protesters to hold demonstration Seder in Westminster by Simon Rocker, April 16th 2019 https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/climate-change-protesters-to-hold-demonstration-seder-in-westminster-tomorrow-1.483107
Extinction Rebellion: Activism rooted in ‘Jewish values’ by Ben Weich, July 8th 2019 https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/extinction-rebellion-jews-xr-jewish-values-climate-change-catastrophe-1.486255
Climate change endangers small Jewish communities, warn campaigners by Simon Rocker January 23rd 2019 https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/climate-change-endangers-small-jewish-communities-warn-campaigners-1.479042
Resources on Jewish holidays and weekly parshot
Weekly Torah portion with environmental commentary
“Noach: A Paradigm for Environmental Consciousness” by Shimshon Stuart Siegel
“An Earth Justice Seder – the Passover Haggadah for Environmental Justice”
“A Flaming Fire, Consuming Everything” — Tisha B’Av in a Time of Climate Crisis”
General articles/documents about Judaism and climate change/ environmentalism
Statement from UK Reform Judaism
“Sustaining our Vision: The Jewish Climate Change Campaign” (2009) by Jessica Haller, Nigel Savage and Yedidya Sinclair
“Jewish Eco-spirituality tips” by Lawrence Troster
“What’s Jewish about Action to Avert Climate change” by Jewish Eco-seminars
Judaism and ethical consumption by Jewish Eco-seminars
The Jewish Energy Guide
Statements on climate change by Jewish clergy
Statements and resolutions on Climate Change and the Environment from American Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox communities
Statement By Israeli Orthodox Rabbis On The Climate Crisis
Rabbinic Letter on Climate -Torah, Pope, & Crisis Inspire 425+ Rabbis to Call for Vigorous Climate Action
Other good resources
Jewcology – Home of the Jewish Environmental Movement (USA)
This web page contains numerous Jewish articles on the environment and climate change with many contributors from different denominations – it includes articles and blog posts.
The NeoHasid website has a section on Eco-Torah and liturgy called ‘Stop the Flood’. The key author is David Seidenberg
- Jeremy Benstein (2006) The Way in to Judaism and the Environment, Jewish Lights publishing, Woodstock, Vermont
- Dov Peretz Elkins (2011) Simple Actions for Jews to Help Green the Planet: Jews, Judaism and the Environment. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Yonatan Neril and Evonne Marzouk (2014) Uplifting People and Planet: 18 Essential lessons on Judaism and the Environment
- Judaism and Ecology (1992) ed Aubrey Rose, World Religions and Ecology Series, Cassell
- Righteous Indignation, A Jewish Call for Justice (2008) ed, Rabbi Or N. Rose, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser, Margi Klein, Jewish Lights
Not a Jewish book per se, but accessible and essential reading for the layperson or student.
- David Mackay (2009), Sustainable Energy “ Without the Hot Air, UIT Cambridge Ltd. Also available on free book license from http://withouthotair.com
Jewish climate and environmental organisations (Israel & USA)
Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN) works through education, activism, and organizing to add an urgent and visionary jewish voice to the climate crisis. We have nodes in various states in the USA.
Hazon“The Jewish Lab for Sustainability”. Hazon is focused on creating more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.
Canfei Nesharimis the only organisation engaging the American Orthodox community to take an active role in protecting the environment.
Aytzim (USA) focuses on supporting Israel’s environment, including its environmental movement.
The Shalom Center(USA) equips activists and spiritual leaders with awareness and skills needed to lead in shaping a transformed and transformative Judaism that can help create a world of peace, justice, healing for the earth, and respect for the interconnectedness of all life. Connected to Arthur Waskow and the Jewish Renewal Movement.
Wilderness Torah(USA) Center for Earth-based Judaism. Experiential land-based festival celebration and youth programs
Teva Ivri (Jewish Nature) (Israel)Orthodox Jewish environmental organisation with lots of good resources.
The Jewish Climate Initiative (Israel) a branch of Jewish Eco Seminars and The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, created for the purposes of Tikkun Olam by providing a Jewish response to the climate crisis
Australian Religious Resource on Climate Change (ARRCC) is a ‘multi-faith network committed to action on climate change’.
‘Living the Change’is an international campaign bringing together people of diverse religions and spiritual backgrounds with sustainable consumption experts to champion sustainable lifestyles.
GreenFaith (USA) is an interfaith environmental organization whose mission is to educate, organize, and mobilize people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds to become environmental leaders.
The mission of Interfaith Power & Light (USA)is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. This is a US organisation with groups across many states and is predominantly Christian with some Jewish congregations involved.
Interfaith Moral Action on the Climate (USA) mainly target fossil fuel corporations and their role promoting climate change –it is a fossil fuel divestment campaign (targeting coal financing by banks), and also lobbies against fossil fuel subsidies.
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (Israel) The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) reveals the connection between religion and ecology and mobilizes faith communities to act. ICSD works on a global basis, with current engagement in Africa, the Middle East, North America, and Europe.
South East England Faith Forum (SEEFF) SEEFF supports and brings together the interests of faith communities; non-Faith organisations and regional bodies, to promote mutual Faith understanding and engagement for the benefit of the whole community