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“Think of a desert: It looks barren — but a little bit of water completely changes everything. That's a nice metaphor for what we are trying to do — be that little bit of change, the one drop of water that makes all the difference.”

— Rabbi Michael Cohen, co-founder of Aytzim: Ecological Judaism



Aytzim: Ecological Judaism


Our Mission

Educate and empower to green our lives, communities, Israel and the Earth.

Who We Are

Our members, volunteers and leaders come from across the political and religious spectra. We care deeply about Judaism and the Earth, and believe in both education and action.

What We Do

Founded in 2001 and incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2006, today Aytzim hosts five projects:

EcoJews (aka EcoJews of the Bay)

EcoJews runs Jewish-environmental social activities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Green Zionist Alliance: The Grassroots Campaign for a Sustainable Israel

The Green Zionist Alliance works to protect and educate about the environment of Israel and the Middle East.

Jewcology: Home of the Jewish Environmental Movement

With more than 1000 blog posts, pedagogical materials, a job board, and an interactive map of Jewish-environmental initiatives, Jewcology.org, is the largest online resource for information on Jewish environmentalism.

Jews of the Earth

Jews of the Earth leads regional advocacy and environmental-action activities in the greater Washington D.C. area.

Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth

More than 100 Jewish clergy, including chief rabbis, have joined this environmental-project that Aytzim runs in partnership with GreenFaith.



Aytzim is a nonprofit member of 1% for the Planet:
The Green Zionist Alliance is a nonprofit member of 1% for the Planet


Aytzim is a nonprofit member of JChoice:
The Green Zionist Alliance is a nonprofit member of JChoice