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History of Jews of the Earth

Jews of the Earth was founded in Boulder, Colo., 1999 by Daniel Ziskin to encourage Jews to protect Creation. In the ensuing decades, Jews of the Earth organized a slew of regional activities, including stream clean ups and Tu B’Shvat seders. Daniel passed on the reigns of the organization to Cara Judea Alhadeff, who focused on sustainable agriculture before Rabbi Rain Zohav took leadership of Jews of the Earth and merged it into Aytzim. Revitalized under Rain's leadership, Jews of the Earth has:

  • Collaborated with Interfaith Power & Light to develop an omer climate calendar;
  • Developed educational programs that encourage congregations and individuals to lower their carbon footprints;
  • And expanded the work of Jews of the Earth into advocacy, policy and working in concert with other environmental organizations.


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- Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai

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