Jewish tradition teaches our responsibility to protect the environment and preserve it for future generations. The Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley looks for opportunities to have an impact on the local environment and in national environmental issues.
Local activities include participation and organization of two creek cleanups each year, advocating for restrictions on the use of plastic bags, and encouraging synagogue and Jewish agency greening through energy audits. Nationally, we partner with the Jewish Council of Public Affairs and its subsidiary, the Council on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJEL), to take positions on National and Statewide environmental issues. We welcome community input and involvement.
Recently the little-observed Jewish holiday of Tisha Ba’av was marked locally with a panel discussion on climate change. While the temple destructions were eons ago and far away, climate change is the overwhelming crisis of our times that deserves both our sorrow and hope for the future. The beautiful essays below are inspiring—take a read and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you too wish to join in being ‘shomrei ha’adamah’, guardians of our earth.
We have recently joined the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign. Here is what we are committed to working on.
Elevate the Jewish environmental and energy imperative by:
Engage in Jewish stewardship by creating a sustainability plan for our agencies and institutions that includes the following goals for implementation:
From the Promised Land to the Golden State: Shifting the Water Paradigm
April 12, 2016
Co-sponsored by Community Relations Council, Jewish High Tech Community, Israeli Consulate of the Pacific Northwest, Jewish National Fund, Club Z, Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center and Checkpoint Technologies.