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American-Based Jewish Environmental Organizations

Aytzim: Ecological Judaism — www.Aytzim.org

Aytzim (meaning "trees" in Hebrew) is a New York-based secular, progressive and pluralistic Jewish environmental organization that supports 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. Aytzim has five projects: (1) 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. (2) 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. (3) Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth. More than 100 Jewish clergy, including chief rabbis from around the world, have joined this environmental-advocacy group that Aytzim runs in partnership with GreenFaith. (4) EcoJews of the Bay, which conducts regional Jewish-environmental cultural activities in the San Francisco Bay Area. (5) Jews of the Earth, which leads regional advocacy and environmental-action activities in the greater Washington D.C. area.

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.

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.

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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in part due to support from Mercaz/Masorti Olami and Hazon.