Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
Germantown Jewish Centre has launched a "Green Mezuzah Havurah," a new group devoted to sustainability and lessening the carbon footprint of its members. The idea came in part from Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, founder of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, who spoke at the local synagogue in the spring and urged members to create small groups dedicated to environmentalism. During...
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Penn Valley native Jeremy Stadlin, who often goes by his Hebrew name Pesach, is crisscrossing the country in a school bus that's fueled by vegetable oil, but he's not exactly vegging out. The 31-year-old, along with four other staff members of the Teva Learning Center -- a New York-based organization devoted to Jewish environmental education -- is hoping their tour...
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Working to Tread Lightly on the Earth
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Tu B'Shevat seder Elaine Cohen oversees at her synagogue is a tradition that goes back nearly 20 years. Between 15 and 30 people attend the annual event, and this year's meal, like others, will feature the traditional four cups of wine, as well as emphasize nuts and fruit -- products of the trees the meal celebrates. Seders like these...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
James Hansen is obviously admired by environmental activists -- especially if the multiple standing ovations and shout-outs of agreement he received during a recent program are any indication. To governments and fossil-fuel companies, though, he is a force to be reckoned with. The head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and a renowned climate scientist,...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Because of the effects of climate change and globalization, the world right now faces "incredible opportunities masquerading as insolvable problems," said Thomas Friedman on a recent visit to Philadelphia. The New York Times columnist and best-selling author of The World Is Flat was in town for a World Affairs Council luncheon to promote his new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded...
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