Jewish Coalition for Climate Action -- Global
Climate Strike, September 20th-27th
High Holiday Resources: Hazon Sermon Swap
Webinar and Learning
-------- Rosh Chodesh Elul 5779, August 29th,
Hazon is entering into a year of Environmental Teshuva.
The backdrop is that:
We really are in a climate crisis, and this
year, and even this summer, feels like a tipping point
of sorts – not only in terms of extreme weather
events – this past July was the hottest month on
record – ever, but also in relation to
people’s consciousness of them.
A growing number of people in the Jewish community feel
strongly that we ought to be “doing
something” about this – but what exactly we
do and how we make an impact is sometimes less
This is why at Hazon we intend to raise our game in the
coming months and years. We’re here to catalyze
and support Jewish institutions and Jewish leaders, as
Jewish tradition compels us to respond to this
In addition: most people have some sense that food is
central to Jewish life and Jewish tradition. But
they’re far less aware that food choices –
especially in relation to industrial meat, industrial
dairy, and food waste – are one of the top two
anthropogenic drivers of climate change.
And so we’re not only encouraging Jewish people
to start to change how they – we – eat,
we’re also encouraging Jewish institutions to
Hazon Seal of Sustainability, to commit to future
change, and as part of that to develop a food
policy for the institution and not just a
kashrut policy, narrowly
As a Member of the Rabbinical Council, we would
be happy to send you a copy of Jonathan Safran
Foer’s new book, “We are the
Weather”: it is a superb and readable
and very Jewish explication of how and why and in what
ways our food choices matter. Respond to this
email to request a copy.
We want to help you to prepare for the chagim, and to
connect the chagim with what amounts to a planetary
tza’akah, a crying-out, in relation to the
climate crisis. Here’s the timing:
Sept 19th We are the Weather is published – and
there’ll be lots of press about it.
The global climate strike. There will be events around
the world, and accompanying headlines, and in many
places a significant Jewish presence.
Rosh Hashanah (as you know!) and the start of the
This period of course runs all the way through Yom
Kippur to Sukkot (with its agricultural themes) and
then the prayer for rain, at the end; and then
it’s parshat noach….
As members of the rabbinical council, we want
to thank you for your ongoing commitments to
Hazon’s work in the Jewish community, and invite
you to feature your work in next month's newsletter.
Schedule a call with Isaiah Rothstein to
Take a look at Rabbinical Council member Rabbi Katy
Earth Etudes. Earth Etudes for Elul is an
annual blog dedicated to our earth connection as a
source of Elul preparation for the High Holy Days.
You can visit the blog each day for new posts. Our
Rabbinical Council co-chair Robin Damsky has a blog
featured in this year's Earth Etudes.
Save the Date:Hazon Rabbis' Retreat | May 15-18,
We welcome all rabbis and spiritual leaders
(rabbis, cantors, kohanot, ritual leaders,
chaplains, and students) to join us for an
unforgettable experience with new and old friends
at the home of Hazon, Isabella Freedman Jewish