Jewish Environmental: Resources
Adamah (860-824-3003; www.isabellafreedman.org) Jewish twentysomethings head to this fellowship housed at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut to learn about farming, Jewish tradition and sustainable living. Several of the organizations included on this list were founded by Adamah alumni.
Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (011-972-8-635-6618;www.arava.org) Nature knows no political borders: That is the guiding philosophy of the institute, an environmental teaching and research program based at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel. Students come from Israel, North America, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.
Canfei Nesharim (212-284-6745; www.canfeinesharim.org) Known colloquially as the “Orthodox environmental organization,” Canfei Nesharim educates people about environmental responsibility from a Torah-based perspective.
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (212-532-7436;www.coejl.org) COEJL was among the first groups dedicated to making a connection between Judaism and the environment. Today, it serves as an umbrella organization for Jewish environmental advocacy, education and action. To Till and to Tend (www.coejlblog.blog.com) is COEJL’s blog.
Green Faith (732-565-7740; www.greenfaith.org) Green Faith, an interfaith organization addressing ecological challenges, mobilizes people from diverse religious backgrounds toward deepening humans’ relationship with the earth.
Hazon (212-644-2332; www.hazon.org) With a mission to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and world, Hazon is at the forefront of the Jewish environmental movement, coordinating fund-raising bike rides and hikes in the United States and Israel. It founded the first Jewish community-supported agriculture program, Tuv Ha’Aretz, and runs an annual food conference. The Jew & The Carrot (www.jcarrot.org), Hazon’s food blog, covers issues such as nutrition, organic eating, food politics and healthy cooking.
Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership(011-972-3-560-8788; https://heschel.org.il) Based in Israel, the center works toward a sustainable future for Israel—ecologically, socially and economically. One of its primary projects is a fellowship to develop future environmental leaders in Israel.
Jewish Farm School (215-609-4680; www.jewishfarmschool.org) Based in Philadelphia, the school promotes sustainable agriculture and food justice from the Jewish perspective. It runs a series of programs including an alternative spring break for college students and partners with Hazon on the Shmita Project.
Jewish Vegetarians of North America (www.jewishveg.com) Founded by Richard Schwartz, JVNA is the leading organization preaching a Jewish mandate for vegetarianism. Last year, JVNA put out a documentary called A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World, which espouses a Jewish vegetarian lifestyle.
Kayam Farm (410-429-4400;www.pearlstonecenter.org/kayam.html) Located in Maryland, Kayam Farm grows organic food and facilitates hands-on Jewish and secular agricultural education.
Shalom Center (215-844-8494; www.shalomctr.org) Cofounded in 1983 by eco-kosher pioneer Rabbi Arthur Waskow, the Shalom Center’s original mission was to address the nuclear arms race from a Jewish perspective. Over the last 18 years, the organization has shifted focus toward ecological issues including global warming.
Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (800-411-0966;www.aspni.org) SPNI works to create a more sustainable future for Israel amid a growing population and other environmental stresses.
Sustainable Synagogue Initiative (215-885-5601; www.jrf.org) The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation started this initiative to encourage and support congregations in adopting sustainable practices.
Teva Learning Center (212-807-6376; https://tevacenter.org) The center engages Jewish youth across the denominations in Jewish-focused environmental education, working with day schools, congregational schools, camps and youth groups to teach backpacking and wilderness skills as well as traditional ecology.
5 Spoke Creamery (914-934-1649; www.5spokecreamery.com) Founders Barbara and Alan Glustoff make award-winning, artisanally crafted, raw milk kosher cheeses that have vastly raised the bar for quality kosher cheese.
Adva Dairy (860-824-3011; www.advadairy.com) Founded by Aitan Mizrahi, an alumna of Adamah, Adva Dairy produces kosher, artisanal, hand-crafted goat cheeses, milks and yogurts.
KOL Foods (917-864-7965; www.kolfoods.com) KOL Foods supplies customers between North Carolina and New York and in the Bay Area with kosher, grass-fed, humanely slaughtered meat.
Kosher Conscience (www.kosherconscience.com) Based in Brooklyn, New York, Kosher Conscience provides turkeys at Thanksgiving and monthly chicken orders.
Micah Publications (781-631-7601; www.micahbooks.com) Founded by environmentalist Roberta Kalechofsky, Micah publishes works related to Judaism and vegetarianism and is the publishing arm for Jews for Animal Rights.
Mitzvah Meat (www.mitzvahmeat.com) Mitzvah Meat supplies humanely slaughtered kosher meat to co-op members in New York.
Solomon’s Finest Glatt Kosher Meats (320-769-2020;www.solomonsglattkosher.com) This South Dakota company offers organic beef, bison, lamb, goat and elk.
Wise Organic Pastures (718-596-0400;www.wiseorganicpastures.com) Formerly Wise Kosher, this Brooklyn, New York, based company sells poultry and will soon add beef.
Mike Comins (www.torahtrek.com) Rabbi Comins’s TorahTrek combines Jewish tradition with the wisdom of the natural world. Participants hike, kayak and ski while learning new insights about wilderness and spirit.
Jamie Korngold (303-417-6200; www.adventurerabbi.com) Rabbi Korngold, author of God in the Wilderness (Doubleday), leads participants on Jewish nature adventures including Shabbat hikes and holiday retreats.
Isa Chandra Moskowitz (www.theppk.com) Moskowitz is an outspoken vegan activist, writer and chef. She has published several cookbooks including Vegan with a Vengeance, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Veganomicon (all from Da Capo). She also runs the popular Web site, the Post Punk Kitchen.
Shmuel Simenowitz (413-525-1846; email@example.com) Lawyer-turned-maple-syrup-farmer, Rabbi Simenowitz, director of Project Ya’aleh V’yavo, created the Eitz Chayim Adopt-a-Tree program, with a portion of proceeds going to wind energy and other environmental efforts.
Earth Kosher (www.earthkosher.com) Kosher-observant Jews interested in eating sustainably head to the Web site of this kosher-certifying agency of natural and organic companies.
Green Prophet (www.greenprophet.com) Karin Kloosterman’s blog tracks environmental news, clean technology, green living and design, organic options, alternative energy and eco-literature and leaders from Israel and the Middle East.
Tel Shemesh (www.telshemesh.org) This resource integrates Jewish faith and practice with earth-based beliefs, providing writings, prayers, songs and myths to those seeking a spiritual path that recognizes the sacredness of the earth.