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Greening Reform Judaism

One generation goes and another generation comes;
but the Earth remains forever.
(Kohelet 1:4)

Greening Reform Judaism endeavors to promote an awareness of environmental considerations and environmentally responsible acts by integrating Jewish values, learning and actions that promote sh'mirat ha-adamah - protection and renewal of the world.

URJ Camps and Congregations Go Green!
Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MDCheck out all the innovative ways URJ Camps and congregations are going green. From bringing trees in to the sanctuary to planting community gardens, this interesting and instructive slide show will give you myriad ways to green your community!
URJ Grant Supports GreenFaith Pilot Program
GreenFaith PilotEight New Jersey Congregations Get Green!
The URJ and the RAC have teamed with GreenFaith for the Greening Reform Judaism Pilot Program. Eight congregations will complete their certification over a two-year period. Learn more and stay up to date on their progress.
Green News
  • Repair the World: Kick the Water Bottle Habit
    Did you know that 80 million disposable water bottles are used each the United States alone? Learn more about plastic water bottles and help your congregation kick the disposable bottle habit with this downloadable flyer, created by Andy Amend and Sheila Newman of Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL.
  • GreenFaith Publishes Waste Audit
    You've heard of energy audits. Now imagine the same process for your trash. Waste audits give you a snapshot of what you're throwing out so that you can reduce your "waste stream."
  • Rules of Engagement: Greening Jewish Institutions
    On E-Jewish Philanthropy, Ezra S. Shanken talks to experts who are "leading the green charge."
  • Greening the URJ Camps
    The URJ's thirteen camps are deeply engaged in environmental education and programming. Learn about the innovative Camps Greening Initiative.
  • Energy Covenant Campaign Pledge
    The Union is working with COEJL to bring Jews across North American together to work toward a better future, focusing on the common goals of a healthy environment, green jobs and a secure energy future through action, education and a personal pledge that we urge you to take.

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Archived Webinars on Going Green
Travel Justly

When we travel, we can help build a more just, sustainable world, avoiding travel choices that tread heavily on our environment and our fellow human beings.

Learn about the impact travel has on others and the world around us and help us all make
more just travel choices.

Just Table, Green Table

At the 2009 Biennial, Rabbi Yoffie called for a commitment to ethical eating, asking synagogue leaders to "carefully, thoughtfully, Jewishly" formulate new eating guidelines for their communities. Download resources and program guides for developing new food policies, planting community gardens, and educating membership about righteous, healthy eating. More

Greening 101
All the basics of greening, background information on the climate crisis and tips that are just for you.

Judaism & the Environment
Incorporate environmental issues into adult study and religious school curriculum.

Learn about congregational best practices, funding information, and making your holiday experiences greener.

Greening Your Building
Make your house of worship and your house of living energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Use these primers, tools and resources to take action.

About Us

Learn more about Greening Reform Judaism and why environmental responsibility is a Jewish imperative.

For more information about Greening Reform Judaism, please contact us:

Union for Reform Judaism
Attn: Greening Reform Judaism
633 Third Avenue, New York, NY  10017

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