In 1990 JRF passed a movement-wide resolution (see attachments below) on the environment and congregational life. Since 2006 we offered conference calls and resources on Sustainable Synagogues and Living a Jewish Life Rooted in Ecological Values.
With the enthusiasm around JRF's Omer Learning Initiative, (2010 Omer Sustainability call- http://jrf.org/pearl/2011/Sustainability) as well as the solid response of JRF congregations in the Climate Change and Blessing the Sun (Solar Energy) Initiatives, JRF continues to deepen our work with member communities, other religious movements and partner organizations (JCPA, COEJL) in the area of sustainability. See Rabbi Shawn Zevit speak about the Reconstructionist Movement's work in sustainability
Our goal is to motivate and educate our congregations in sustainable practices, with the goal of reaching 100 percent participation in the years ahead. See a list of the 15 Communities and Individuals honored at the JRF 2008 Convention as part of our Sustainable Synagogue Intiative.
Additional calls and webinars have been offered through our PEARL leadership series. See the Sustainability programs at www.jrf.org/pearl/archive and additional resources through our partner organization Greenfaith: www.jrf.org/greenfaith
Read Brant Rosen's Yom Kippur devar Torah that inspired the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston to reach for the highest level of sustainability in their capital campaign. You will also find documents from JRC about their Green policies, educational material and promotional flyer for environmental awareness attached below. JRC received the first Platinum LEEDS rating for a synagogue in the United States.
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb created a text study on climate change that incorporates elements of musar with other diverse material from our tradition.
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For an equally inspiring High Holy Day sermon see Rabbi Sheryl Lewart's talk on living an environmentally sustainable life and Kehillat Israel's Five Mitzvot for Sustainable Living.
Also available is a wonderful meditation on environmental consciousness tied to the seven days of creation by Peter Goldberg of Shir Hadash, Milwaukee, WI, and inspiring materials from Dor Hadash, PA and Darchei Noam, Toronto, Canada and JRC, Evanston, IL (both moved into their new environmentally upgraded buildings in 2008).
For an example of a creative way of community organizing and educating about sustainability simultaneously see Philadelphia's Playback for Change at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ut6eLHEyF8
APRIL 8, 2009- 5769 BIRKHAT HACHAMA (BLESSING OF THE SUN) SOLAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGY CAMPAIGN IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY. 2008-9 (5769) was the little known Jewish year of “Birkhat Hachamah” the “blessing of the sun”. JRF was a leading partner in a national coalition that used this rare event to focus on solar power and energy stewardship. See a video for Birkhat Hachammah at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=629JxUYTlFk
As well see resources for Birkhat Hachamah at Ritualwell.org- managed through Kolot: The Center for Gender Studies.
The Shalom Center's Green Menorah Covenant
Environmental resources in Israel
Additional JRF Resources:
http://jrf.org/omer2008-enviro (2008 Social Justice Initiative)
http://jrf.org/node/1264#enviro (Community Organizing Resources)
http://jrf.org/omer/2007 (2007 Social Justice Initiative)
Also see: http://www.fjmc.org/ShomreiHaaretz.html
How does your community's practices align with the JRF resolution and the actions and commitments of other JRF communities? To add your resources to this initiative please e-mail SZevit@jrf.org
|JRF Sustainable Synagogue Conference Call Notes.doc||71 KB|
|Rabbi Sheryl Lewart - Living a Responsible Life.doc||104 KB|
|KI Five Mitzvot for Sustainable Living.doc||38.5 KB|
|Days of Creation Meditations.doc||56 KB|
|Rabbi Josh Lesser RH D'var 5758.doc||50 KB|
|Dor Hadash Green Synagogue Hannukah Initiative.doc||54 KB|
|RESOLUTION ON THE ENVIRONMENT.doc||30 KB|
|Darchei Noam's New Green Home.pdf||527.96 KB|
|Jewish community energy letter (2).pdf||17.33 KB|
|JRC Splashing to Sinai Eco-Omer Ed Project 2007.pdf||160.25 KB|
|JRF Sustainable Synagogue Guidelines and Practices 2008.doc||69.5 KB|
|Jewish vbdm, Sustainability_scenario.doc||39.5 KB|
|JRC Board Approved Green Policy jan08.DOC||143 KB|
|JRC Lets Go Green Flyer.doc||25 KB|
|Greening Synagogues- World Jewish Digest May 2008.doc||81 KB|
|Omer Source Text Study Packet.doc||55.5 KB|
|Jewish Community Policy Priorities for Responding to Global Climate Change - final.pdf||58.03 KB|
|CAJE Eco-Judaism Resources.pdf||569.65 KB|
|Jewish Environmental Organizations.pdf||12.98 KB|
|Natural Step Framework Principles.doc||63 KB|
|RSNS Green Initiatives.doc||28 KB|