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Green Hevra

Abstract

New Network Strengthens Jewish Environmental Collaboration

On October 24-25, 2012, a network of U.S.-based leaders of the Jewish environmental movement, known as the Green Hevra, gathered for its second in-person retreat. Inspired by the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, a similar movement-building initiative founded in 2009, the Green Hevra (Hebrew for “green community”) is a network of national and regional Jewish environmental organizations fostering growth through sharing strategic knowledge with partner organizations and identifying opportunities for collaboration.

In recent years, the Jewish environmental movement has grown rapidly, applying ancient Jewish wisdom to modern environmental challenges and promoting specific environmental changes in Jewish institutions. To highlight the growing movement, one initial project of the group is an interactive map to plot organizations in the Jewish environmental field and develop a plan for broader engagement.

The Green Hevra is utilizing professionally facilitated meetings and strategic webinar-based dialogues to identify strategic opportunities for cooperation and impact. In September, Mary Evelyn Tucker of the Yale Sustainability Forum presented to the group and discussed opportunities for potential collaboration across the faith community.  The group has also notably hosted webinars with Bill McKibben of 350.org in August and Professor David Elcott of NYU in September. 

The Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Morningstar Foundation awarded seed funding to enable the group to lay the groundwork for strategic collaboration across the Jewish environmental movement in 2012.  The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) is the administering organization for this project.  Additional work is planned for 2013.

Religion

Judaism

Geographic Location

United States of America

Participating Organizations

Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network
http://www.bjen.org/wp/

Canfei Nesharim
http://www.canfeinesharim.org/index.aspx

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)
http://coejl.org

Eden Village Camp
http://edenvillagecamp.org

Green Zionist Alliance
http://www.greenzionism.org

Hazon
http://www.hazon.org

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
http://isabellafreedman.org

Jewish Farm School
http://www.jewishfarmschool.org

Jewish Reconstructionist Movement/Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
http://www.jewishrecon.org

Pearlstone Center
http://www.pearlstonecenter.org

NeoHasid.org
http://neohasid.org

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
http://rac.org

Shalom Center
http://shalomcenter.org/

Teva Learning Alliance
http://tevalearningcenter.org

Urban Adamah
http://urbanadamah.org

Wilderness Torah
http://www.wildernesstorah.org

Contact Information

Evonne Marzouk
Acting Chair
Canfei Nesharim
Tel. (703) 868-5356
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