Jewish Ethics and the Environment

Is there a link between Judaism and the environment?

As Jews, what is our role as global citizens?

Should Jewish people consume with a social and ecological conscience?

Judaism has a history and rich heritage of respect for our surroundings and nature, there have been many articles and books written on this subject. The Big Green Jewish Website is trying to help the Jewish community answer these questions by creating and collating resources on a wide range of subjects.

Here are some other sites we would recommend you visit to help you answer these questions.

On1foot

On1Foot is the online portal for Jewish texts and social justice. The site connects you to Jewish resources for your speaking, teaching, and learning about the pressing social justice issues of our day. On1Foot hosts more than 1,000 translated Jewish texts and hundreds of source sheets and Divrei Torah on a range of social justice and environmental issues.  On1Foot also enables you to build these resources into source sheets customized for your community. To start learning and teaching today, visit www.on1foot.org

Canfei Nesharim

Connecting traditional Torah texts with contemporary scientific findings, Canfei Nesharim educates and empowers Jewish individuals, organizations and communities to take an active role in protecting the environment, in order to build a more sustainable world.
http://www.canfeinesharim.org/

Hazon

Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. Hazon aims to effect change in three ways:
• Through the direct human impact of its programs.
• Through thought-leadership (writing, speaking, teaching, campaigning).
• By supporting American and British Jewish environmental leaders and organizations, and by supporting the Israeli environmental movement
http://www.hazon.org/

Sviva Israel

Sviva Israel is an educational start-up developing and implementing environmental literacy programs that create lasting partnerships between the people of Israel and our friends abroad to guarantee Israel as a sustainable home for the Jewish people
http://www.svivaisrael.org

The Jewish Vegetarian Society

The JVS advocates a vegetarian world which conserves natural resources, promotes human health and protects the environment. It aspires to an improved society where mankind is not cruel to fellow human beings, both human and animals.
http://www.jvs.org.uk/

Jewish Vegetarians of North America

Jewish Vegetarians of North America is dedicated to spreading the ideas of vegetarianism as G-d's ideal diet, as advocated by many chief Rabbis.
http://www.jewishveg.com

Food for Thought

Published by the American Jewish environmental movement, Hazon, Food for Thought is a 130-page sourcebook that draws on a range of texts from within and beyond Jewish traditions to explore a variety of topics relating to Jews and food. It is designed to encourage participants to think critically about the food that they eat and the ways their food choices affect the health of their community and the planet. With thanks to Hazon click here to download two chapters from this book:

Chapter 4: Bread & Civilization

Chapter 8: Food & Ethics: the implications of our food choices

Click here to purchase a hardcopy of Food for Thought: Hazon's Sourcebook on Jews, Food, and Contemporary Life

Coalition of the Environmental & Jewish Life

COEJL is the leading Jewish environmental organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1993, COEJL has helped tens of thousands of Jews mae a connection between Judaism and the environment.
http://www.coejl.org/ For information on Jewish Holidays click here

Jewish Climate Initiative

Jewish Climate Initiative is a not for profit organization created for the purposes of Tikkun Olam - literally "Repairing the World" in Hebrew - by providing a Jewish response to the climate change crisis that threatens the ecosystems of our planet during our lifetimes and the lives of our children.
http://www.jewishclimateinitiative.org/

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) is a regional centre for environmental leadership. By encouraging environmental cooperation between peoples, the Arava Institute is working towards peace and sustainable development on a regional and global scale.
http://www.arava.org

The Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership

The Heschel Center is dedicated to building a sustainable future for Israeli society - environmentally, socially and economically - through education and reflective activism.
http://www.heschel.org.il/eng/