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Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern Environmental Organizations

North America

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.


Arava Institute for Environmental Studies — www.arava.org

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) is a regional center for environmental leadership. By encouraging environmental cooperation between Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian and internati onal students, the Arava Institute works toward peace and sustainable development on a regional and global scale. AIES is located on Kibbutz Ketura in Israel's Arava Valley. The Institute is home to research, study-abroad programs and a joint Ben-Gurion University master's degree in desert studies with a concentration in environmental studies.

Friends of the Earth, Middle East — www.foeme.org

Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists. Their primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, they advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace. FoEME has offices in Amman, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv.

Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership — www.heschelcenter.org

The Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership was established in 1998 to provide a meeting place where people can develop and implement an alternative environmental, social and cultural vision for the future of Israel. At the core of this vision is the term sustainability, which promotes development based on social justice and environmental health for the benefit of all members of society and future generations.

Israel Union for Environmental Defense — www.iued.org.il

Founded in 1990, IUED pioneered the use of legal advocacy as a means of safeguarding Israel's environment, introducing to the country the concept of citizen-based challenges to government-imposed development policies and corporate practices that adversely impact natural resources, public health and quality of life. IUED pursues a vigorous agenda of strategically focused projects in four key areas: air-pollution prevention, drinking-water safety, solid-waste management, and accessible open spaces.

Megamah Yeruka (Green Course) — www.eng.green.org.il

Green Course, the national student environmental organization in Israel, has more than 6,000 volunteer students in 24 chapters at universities and colleges across Israel. The largest environmental volunteer organization in the country, Green Course focuses on national and local campaigns, greening university campuses, and promoting environmental education. Their volunteers are today’s students and tomorrow’s environmental leaders.

Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel — www.teva.org.il/english

SPNI leads the public and decision-makers in the search for environmentally sustainable and economically sound ways to promote growth while protecting Israel's unique environmental heritage. Through education, organizing public involvement, informing decision-makers and proposing creative solutions to development plans, SPNI has established an impressive list of achievements.


Israeli Nature Poll

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"No nation understands the precariousness of this (energy-security) situation better than Israel, which is surrounded by neighbors in the Mideast that are both hostile and rich in oil."

- Sen. Amy Klocuchar

Did You Know?

60% of Israel's nature reserves are smaller than 1 square kilometer.

Mideast Green News

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