As part of JRF's ongoing Sustainable Synagogue Initiative, this call is a follow up to the very successful synagogue greening calls of the last two years, which had over 60 participants from 40 JRF congregations. This call will feature some of JRF's leading communities and their work in creating financially, socially, environmentally and spiritually sustainable Jewish communities as a way of growing in individual and home life as well as community and the planet at large. This year's call will focus on individuals and communities who are taking a spiritually-centered approach to their environmental practices within and outside the walls of congregational life.
To prepare for the call please see previous Omer sessions on Sustainability at:
For Sustainable Synagogue Initiative Resources see:
The audio recording of this call can be accessed here: http://jrf.org/node/2610
Rabbi Fred Dobb is the rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda MD. Past-President of the Washington Board of Rabbis and the Reconstructionist representative to the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life board, Rabbi Dobb is a long-time Jewish-environmental educator and activist.
Dr. Mirele Goldsmith is the founder of Green Strides Consulting, applying practical psychology to help organizations create their own green strategy. She is a member of the boards of Hazon and the American Friends of the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership. Mirele attended the UN Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen.
Seth Goldman, a member of JRF congregation Adat Shalom, MD, is President and TeaEO of Honest Tea, www.honesttea.com, the company he co-founded out of his home in 1998 with Professor Barry Nalebuff of the Yale School of Management. Honest Tea is the nation’s best-selling organic bottled tea company. In 2008 The Coca-Cola Company purchased a minority interest in Honest Tea, fueling further growth as Honest became the first organic and Fair Trade brand to move into the world’s largest beverage distribution system. Recently, Honest Tea was included on The Better World Shopping Guide's list of "ten best companies on the planet based on their overall social and environmental record." He serves on the boards of Bethesda Green, www.bethesdagreen.org, The Calvert Foundation, www.calvertfoundation.org, and Happy Baby, www.happybabyfood.com. He serves on the Advisory Board of Net Impact, www.netimpact.org, and earlier this year received the Net Impact Member Achievement Award.