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American-Based Jewish Environmental Organizations

Green Zionist Alliance — www.GreenZionism.org

The Green Zionist Alliance offers a place for all people — regardless of political or religious affiliation — who care about humanity's responsibility to preserve the Earth and the special responsibility of the Jewish people to preserve the ecology of Israel. The GZA works to educate and mobilize people around the world for Israel’s environment; to protect Israel's environment and support its environmental movement; to improve environmental practices within the World Zionist Organization and its constituent agencies; and to inspire people to work for positive change. By focusing on the environment while working from a pluralistic and multicultural base, the Green Zionist Alliance seeks to bridge the differences between and within religions and people — helping to build a peaceful and sustainable future for Israel and the Middle East.

Canfei Nesharim — www.CanfeiNesharim.org

Canfei Nesharim ("The Wings of Eagles") teaches about the importance of protecting the environment from the perspective of Jewish Orthodox law. The organization's goal is to help Orthodox Jews and the entire Jewish community understand the Jewish laws that are relevant to the environment, and to empower the Jewish community to take actions that will make a difference in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.

Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life — www.coejl.org

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) deepens the Jewish community’s commitment to the stewardship of creation and mobilizes the resources of Jewish life and learning to protect the Earth and all its inhabitants. To advance its mission, COEJL works with a variety of Jewish and multi-denominational organizations for education, environmental advocacy and incorporation of environmental practices into Jewish and American life.

Hazon — www.hazon.org

Hazon's mission is to create and support healthy and sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Hazon accomplishes its mission through three means:

  • Transformative experiences for individuals and communities, such as Hazon bike rides and the Hazon Food Conference;
  • Thought leadership in the fields of Jewish and environmental knowledge;
  • Support of the Jewish environmental movement in North America and Israel.

Jewcology — www.jewcology.com

Jewcology is a Facebook for Jewish environmentalists and organizations. The social-networking site also features blogs and resources for the entire Jewish community. Jewcology's goal is to build a multi-denominational, multi-generational, regionally diverse community of Jewish environmental activists who learn from one another how to educate their communities about our Jewish responsibility to protect the environment.

Jewish Farm School — www.JewishFarmSchool.org

Jewish Farm School's mission is to practice and promote sustainable agriculture and to support food systems rooted in justice and Jewish traditions. Jewish Farm School runs alternative spring break programs as well as the farm at Eden Village Camp in Putnam Valley, N.Y.

Jewish National Fund USA — www.jnf.org

Although not exclusively an environmental organization, the American branch of Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael / Jewish National Fund in Israel is an independent organization with its own environmental and development projects in Israel, including forestry, water capture and treatment, and community-infrastructure construction.

Kayam Farm at Pearlstone — www.KayamFarm.org

Kayam Farm’s mission is to embody and inspire social and ecological responsibility through Jewish agricultural education. Kayam runs an organic farm on the campus of Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, a community-supported agriculture program, an environmental bike ride, eco-Shabbatons, Jewish environmental learning retreats and sustainability workshops.

Teva Learning Alliance — www.TevaLearningAlliance.org

The Teva Learning Alliance works with Jewish day schools, congregational schools, synagogues, camps and youth groups to teach about the environment to thousands of young people throughout the Northeast. Additionally, Teva teaches educators at its annual Teva Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education.

Wilderness Torah — www.WildernessTorah.org

Wilderness Torah reconnects Jewish traditions to nature cycles through environmental education and outdoor Jewish-festival programs for adults, children and families on the West Coast, such as Passover in the Desert, Shavuot on the Mountain and Sukkot on the Farm.

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