It is not required of you to complete the task but neither are you free to desist from it." (Pirkei Avot 2:21)
Greening Reform Judaism was created by the Union for Reform Judaism as a central portal for green resources. Greening Reform Judaism endeavors to promote an awareness of environmental considerations and environmentally responsible actions, all grounded in Jewish tradition and teachings which present ecological responsibility as a Jewish obligation. The foundation of the Jewish relationship with the environment stems from Genesis 2:15 which states: The Lord God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden, to till it and tend it.
We're greening the URJ, too! At a recent staff gathering, URJ's Manager of Facilities Roberta Kalan presented a compelling argument for URJ staff to cut down on their waste. Take a look at Roberta's presentation to learn the facts about Americans' consumption and waste habits.
Greening Reform Judaism Webinar Materials
Greening Reform Judaism webinars are archived for easy access at any time. Visit the URJ webinar archive page to view all the URJ's archived webinars or click below for the "going green" ones.
We're proud that our thirteen camps are already so deeply
engaged in environmental education and programming, and we're delighted to
highlight a number of the environmental projects that are taking place around
our camps and in our Israel programs this summer.
Visit the URJ Camps website to learn more about what the campers and staff members of URJ Camps are doing to reduce their impact on the planet.
The Union is committed to traveling justly and we hope you will join us in the effort. The Union, the RAC, URJ Camps, NFTY in Israel and Mitzvah Corps have teamed up to promote just travel, particularly in the form of carbon offsets. Read about the program and visit the RAC website or NFTY in Israel's website to learn more.
At the Toronto 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.