Advocacy

Earth Day Shabbat and the People’s Climate Mobilization

A Week of Action for the Earth, April 22-29

 
 

Join Hazon and other Jewish communities as we celebrate a week of action for the Earth, from the Shabbat of Earth Day, April 22, to the following People’s Climate March & Shabbat, on Saturday, April 29, 3 Iyyar 5777, the 18th day of the Omer.

As we make our journey from Pesach to Shavuot, from freedom to responsibility, we’ll speak out for a world safe from the ravages of climate change – a world with good jobs, clean air, and safe communities for everyone. Some of us will be boarding buses to march in Washington, DC, as part of a strong faith contingent at the climate march, alongside justice and environmental groups in the People’s Climate Movement.

For others, it’s too far to travel, or Shabbat is not a time for marching. So we will stand in solidarity with the marchers by raising up climate justice wherever we are, delighting in a People’s Climate Shabbat that proclaims the goodness of Creation and affirms our responsibility to till and to tend it.

Jewish participation in the People’s Climate March & Shabbat is being coordinated by HazonJewish Climate Action Network and Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA), with support from many other caring Jewish communities.

 

 

 

People's Climate March and Shabbat
Apr 29, 2017 - All Day

The People’s Climate Mobilization, in Washington DC on April 29, 2017, will be a major national event, exceeding the size of the 2014 March in NYC in which 150 Jewish communities, thousands of Jews, and 400,000 people, took part.

The People’s Climate Mobilization, in Washington DC on April 29, 2017, will be a major national event, exceeding the size of the 2014 March in NYC in which 150 Jewish communities, thousands of Jews, and 400,000 people, took part.

sign up your community for the people’s climate march and shabbat

Get involved! Your Jewish community can publicize the event, support Jews who want to attend the March, dedicate this Shabbat to the issue of climate change, and hold local solidarity events.

 

March Logistics

Support the People’s Climate Mobilization in Your Community

 

Earth Day Shabbat
Apr 22, 2017 - All Day

This year, Earth Day falls on Shabbat. In synagogues across the country, of all denominations and backgrounds, we as Jews will spend this Shabbat celebrating the natural world and examining our role as shomrei adamah – keepers of the planet.

This year, Earth Day falls on Shabbat. In synagogues across the country, of all denominations and backgrounds, we as Jews will spend this Shabbat celebrating the natural world and examining our role as shomrei adamah – keepers of the planet.

Be part of the movement. Organize an Earth Day event at your synagogue, school, or community center. Questions? New ideas? Contact advocacy@hazon.org.

  • Organize a sustainability event during Earth Week, from Earth Day (April 22) through the People’s Climate March & Shabbat on April 29.
  • Ask your rabbi to give a d’var torah about Judaism and climate change. Download these sermon bullets to get started.
  • Contact a local climate justice group for advocacy opportunities, such as a 350.org or Sierra Club chapter.
  • Organize a service for the Earth, or reach out to others in your community to host an interfaith service.
  • Green your Shabbat:
  • Organize a Hebrew school program, such as a garden planting. Use this resource bank to find lesson plans and ideas.

 

 

Earth Week Resources

Advocacy Resources

 

Why Advocacy?

Out current president is the first one elected since 2004 who is on record opposing a range of environmental protections that many of us see as vital to this country and world.

Like all people of goodwill, we wish the new administration well. Since the days of the Talmud, Jewish communities have inserted prayers into our Shabbat morning services for the welfare of the government – that it be just; that it treat minorities well (Jews amongst them); that it ensure the peace within the nation. We share those prayers – now more than ever.

But we’re a generation that doesn’t just believe in prayer by itself. Since 2004, Hazon — and the JOFEE space — has grown quite strongly. Hazon invites you to make your voices heard.

Hazon’s theory of change follows what we have internally called the “3 x 3 grid” .

On one axis we have Education; Action; and Advocacy. On the other we have the Individual (or the nuclear family); an Institution; and the Wider Community. It looks like this:

3x3-gridHazon as an organization works in all nine boxes, and is building multiple synapses between them and between the work represented by each of them. As part of our desire to act in the third column, Hazon has been involved in advocacy initiatives since our founding, including the following campaigns:

Hazon as an organization has added our name to sign-on letters, including:

  • FixFlintNow: Support congressional funding for those impacted by the Flint water crisis
  • Boulder Sugar Tax: Supported a tax on sugary beverages in Boulder
  • Combined Faith Letter on Food Waste

 

JOFEE Advocacy

Hazon, in partnership with COEJL, Pearlstone Retreat Center, Wilderness Torah, and Urban Adamah, are creating space to discuss potential next steps for the Jewish environmental movement.

If you are interested, please email JOFEEadvocacy@hazon.org and ask to join this listserv.

 

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