Our community was a proud participant in the recent conference: “Protecting Creation: A Jewish Response to Climate Change”. I served on the planning committee, two of our leaders attended the day and our Board endorsed sponsorship of the event. It was a successful gathering, drawing people from various corners of the Jewish community and reaching others through coverage in the Inquirer and the Jewish Exponent.
By now most of us are acquainted with the themes raised by the conference: the Jewish perspective on protecting the earth; the science behind the climate crisis and the effects of climate change on the most vulnerable populations. We have made changes at the synagogue and in our homes to be mindful of the earth and of our natural resources. Now what?
That is our challenge. How might we as individuals and as a community continue to respond to these dire needs - even as we work to address other pressing tikkun olam issues?
Our Greenfaith and Gas Conversion committees got us started on this path. It is time to continue the conversation and to plan our next steps. Please contact me or our Greenfaith chair, Jennifer Lenway, if you’d like to become part of this effort. As the great sage Hillel taught: “If not now, when?”