Living an Environmentally Conscious Jewish Life

The Jewish spiritual tradition offers ways to think and act in harmony with nature and for the benefit of the environment.

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Next Steps

We've hardly scratched the surface. Though Judaism has offered ecological wisdom for millennia, only now is there a Jewish environmental movement, with the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (which brings together dozens of national Jewish agencies, including all four major religious denominations) at its center. Their website, www.coejl.org, is the top resource among many for further learning, service, and action.

There's so much more -- in the worlds of Torah, Avodah, and Gemilut Hasadim, together -- that we can do to live an environmentally conscious Jewish life. "One who lives in this way shall never be shaken" (Psalms 15:5). May we all learn to live this way -- simply -- so that others may simply live.

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Rabbi Fred Dobb

Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland, serves on the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, Shalom Center, Religious Witness for the Earth, and Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light.