And the growing focus on environmentalism in the world of religion continues.
Several Jewish groups are calling on every synagogue in America to invite elected officials to talk about what can be done to halt global climate change.
Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Barbara Lerman-Golomb, executive director of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, said this:
“Reading in the very beginning of the book of Genesis of the care with which God created the Earth, we are inspired to renew our efforts to address the challenges that threaten the world today. The new environmental initiative from the Religious Action Center, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs known as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Conservation Conversations: Invite Your Elected Official to SynagogueÃ¢â‚¬? is designed to engage elected officials (such as U.S. Senators and Representatives, Governors, State Representatives, Mayors, and others) in meaningful conversation around the issue of climate change, discussing and debating the national, regional, state, and local actions that can be taken to curb this trend. Every synagogue is being asked, in the coming months, to invite national, state, and/or local elected officials to speak at their synagogues, addressing what we can do together to halt global climate change. We sincerely hope that this program helps synagogues create ongoing partnerships with public officials that will aid in our work to address the challenges of global climate change.”
Materials are available “here.”:http://rac.org/advocacy/issues/issuecc/concon/