Teaching Teens Sustainable Living Through Jewish Wisdom is a program from Canfei Neshrim that focuses on teenagers. The curriculum is designed to teach high school students about sustainable living using Science and Torah. Their goal is to give students a hands on experience of Judaism that inspires a deeper following and a commitment to fulfill tikkun olam (repairing the world). To read more about the project, click here.
Wilderness Torah is a center for earth-based Judaism in California. Their mission is to awaken and celebrate the earth-based traditions of Judaism to nourish the connections between self, community, earth and Spirit. They aim to reconnect individuals and communities to the ancient, earth-based Jewish heritage and inspire communities to care for the world. To read more about Wilderness Torah, click here.
Canfei Nesharim is a Torah-based environmental movement that aims to educate and empower Jewish individuals and communities to take an active role in protecting the environment. They value education that leads to action, appreciation for creation, and cultivating leadership. By focusing on these values, they hope to internalize Jewish and sustainable values and turn that into an environmentally-sensitive way of life. To read more about Canfei Nesharim, click here.
Celebrating Water and Learning about Hydrofracking is a handout from the Green Zionist Alliance on why it is important to talk about hydrofracking. It offers facts on water consumption and usage and information on what to do about fracking. To read more or download the handout, click here.
Tu B’Shvat: The Greening of Judaism is a handout from Interfaith Family. It offers a brief overview of Tu B’Shvat and different activities to celebrate the holiday. It also offers examples of how to be caretakers of the earth. To read the entire handout, click here.
Hazon has created a handout on Tu B’Shvat and how to properly celebrate the holiday. The guide offers a history of Tu B’Shvat, activities, songs, and more. To view or download the entire handout, click here.
The Green Zionist Alliance offers a place for all people who care about humanity’s responsibility to preserve the Earth, specifically the Jewish peoples responsibility to preserve the ecology of Israel. They work to educate and mobilize people around the world for Israel’s environment and to improve environmental practices by working for positive change in all people. To read more on the Green Zionist Alliance, click here.
The Jewish festival of Tu B’Shvat, also known as the New Year for Trees, celebrates the ReBirthDay of earthly trees and of the sacred and supernal Tree of Life. The celebration begins on January 30th and ends January 31st. It is celebrated with a Seder in which the menu is the fruits and nuts that are given by the trees. As a special aspect of their climate-crisis work, The Shalom Center is inviting people to create a special Trees of Life Fund for reforestation in the US. You can contribute by clicking here. To read more about Tu B’Shvat click here.
10 Jewish Teachings on the Environment is a downloadable resource from GreenFaith. It includes ten of the most important teachings on the environment from a Jewish perspective. To read or download the guide, click here.
The Jewish Federation of Columbus has a program for community outreach known as Atid. One of the the experiences that this group provides is about the environment and sustainability. This outreach is known as Tikkun Olam, and it brings young people and professionals together to work towards sustainability and environmental stewardship in the community. To read more about this group and find out how to get involved, click here.