As part of JRF's ongoing Sustainable Synagogue Initiative, this call is a follow up to previous successful synagogue greening calls of last June, featuring some of JRF's leading communities and their work in creating sustainable Jewish communities. Special focus on sustainable practices in ritual, programming and policy aspects of Jewish communal life.
Review resources : Sustainable Synagogue Resources (especially JRC, RSNS and congregational examples)
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit, is the Director of Outreach & Tikkun Olam, and a congregational consultant and resource developer for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. He is a founding member of Shabbat Unplugged and the Davenning Leaders’ Training Institute, and a spiritual director for numerous clergy and communities. He has written and developed resources and delivered workshops in the areas of community building, leadership, prayer, interactive midrash, contemporary views of GOD, prayer and spiritual leadership skills, money and Jewish values, social justice issues, Jewish environmental concerns and Jewish men's issues. He is the author of "Offerings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Community (Alban, 2005) and a forthcoming book for Jewish Men.
Sarah Chandler is a former Jewish environmental educator with Teva Learning Center, Sarah is the Education Director of West End Synagogue in Manhattan and Director of Programming for Zeek: Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture. A contributing editor for Jewschool.com and RadicalTorah.org, she is also part of creating the upcoming Jewish education and social networking site JewItYourself.com.
Nili Simhai serves as Director of the Teva Learning Center. During her ten-year tenure as Director, she is proud to have helped create Teva’s Shomrei Chayyot, Yitziah, and “Bringing It Back to Our Schools” programs. She is loves working with educators and is delighted to be launching the pilot effort to create a Certificate in Jewish Environmental Education.