January 2021 -- Tevet-Shevat 5781,  Volume 27, Issue 1

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The Big Bold Jewish Climate Festival


The Big Bold Jewish Climate Festival is a collaboration among many organizations across the Jewish landscape designed to move everyone toward greater awareness and action on the climate crisis.  The 5 day online Festival will engage thousands of people and make climate change a central moral issue of the Jewish community.


The idea originated from the planners of The Great Big Jewish Food Fest. They seek to have participants understand the connection between climate and Jewish content or how Torah speaks of climate. The organizers of the Climate Festival and  their partners include: Hazon; Dayenu, A Jewish Call to Climate Action; Darim Online, the fiscal sponsor; Hillel International; Seattle’s Jewish Climate Fest; Hebrew College; Mitsui Collective; Jewish Emergent Network; Repair the World; USCY; Congregation Beth Shalom; Abundance Farm; Jewish Funders Network; Greensboro Contemporary Museum; Wilderness Torah; Jewish Children’s Folkshul; KOL Foods; Tuesdays for Trash; Sha’ar; JSP, Jewish Studio Project; Temple B’Nai Torah; Rising Tide; Organic Torah; Eden Village Camp; The Blue Dov Foundation; Mishkan Chicago; URJ; Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Reconstructing Judaism; The Bronfman Fellowship; Jewish Climate Action Network NYC.


Westchester resident, Shuli Karkowsky, Executive VP at Hazon and a member of Young Israel of New Rochelle, is on the planning team. “Hazon and all of the organizational partners we are working with are excited to use the opportunity provided by Tu B’Shevat to celebrate the deep connections between Jewish tradition and the Earth.,” she noted. “We are also excited to make a bold statement that the Jewish community, as represented by thousands of expected participants, is concerned about climate and sustainability and is ready to take decisive action to do something about it.”


Planned for Tu B’Shevat, January 27-31, 2021, the event is intended to have a shared vision and seeks to re-energize the holiday also known as The Jewish Earth Day. Some programs will have a local focus (local issues, local experts, city council members, etc,) or broad/national appeal discussing many topics.


The organizers expect most programs to be live and online, but some will be pre-recorded/pre-produced content, focusing on specific issues that bring expertise and value, for example: Policy and Law; Food, Agriculture and Land Use; Energy and Efficiency.


Registrations will take place through the Festival website. For questions contact Festival@JewishClimateFest.org