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  • 8 Ways to Make Your Chanukah More Sustainable

    2 weeks ago

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh

    From foods to gifts, there’s many ways to add sustainable practices to your Chanukah celebrations. Please share your ideas in the comments section at the bottom!

    1. Organic apples and potatoes
    Apples and potatoes are ranked #1 and...

  • Jews in the Anthropocene Epoch

    By Rob Eshman

    October 23, 2014 | 10:44 am

    I was at a screening last week for a new documentary on Zionism. A good-sized crowd of donors, activists and people concerned with Israel’s present and future turned out. There were speeches, the doc, more speeches, a Q-and-A. Then, just as the director thanked everyone for coming,...

  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • India and Israel are closer, the IDF goes green, surfing in Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 26, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    ReWalk selected one of the 25 Best Inventions of the Year

    ReWalk, an Israeli-developed exoskeleton for paraplegics was chosen as one of TIME magazine’s 25 best inventions of the year 2013. The medical device, developed by ARGO Medical Technologies, changed many lives of those who...

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  • Climate crisis and the birth of eco-Judaism

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    July 1, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    During the past generation, we have discovered that we are facing a global crisis in the relationship between human action and the web of life on Earth. That discovery has stirred an ancient but sleeping Jewish concern for the Earth into new energy and a new approach --  ...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 25, 2013 | 11:10 am

    Messi to visit Israel

    Israeli President Shimon Peres and the president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell,  announced that Barcelona football team will arrive in Israel on July 31st to face a mixed-team of Israelis and Palestinians, as a part of a peace initiative.

    Read more here.

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  • Everything is easier than doing good

    By Dennis Prager

    September 5, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Some thoughts for Rosh Hashanah:

    If we took a vote on what trait we human beings most value, goodness would undoubtedly win. Certainly goodness is the trait that we most want everyone else to possess.

    But if we say we value goodness above everything else — and surely Judaism...

  • Cooking Our Children

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 7, 2012 | 12:08 am

    The Book of Eicha (Lamentations) offers many grim images as it recounts the destruction of Jerusalem, and the slaughter and exiling of its population.  Surely one of the most gruesome is that of parents so racked with hunger that they resort to cooking their own children.  It’s an...

  • Eco-friendly home reveals ‘greener’ pastures ahead [SLIDESHOW]

    July 25, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    As scientists continue to warn us that our over-consumption of natural resources is putting too great a strain on our planet, the idea of sustainability — of reducing one’s carbon footprint, recycling and finding a cleaner, greener future — has never been more popular. And...

  • How vegans do Passover

    April 11, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    Holidays like Passover are a difficult time for Jewish vegans and animal activists, a time of mixed emotions. As much as we love and find relevance in the meaning of the holiday, it’s difficult to be confronted by a table full of the body parts of animals that we love and fight for...

  • Temple Judea Wins Energy Oscar

    By Dikla Kadosh

    October 24, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    Temple Judea, whose recent renovation was featured in TRIBE’s September issue, has received recognition for incorporating green strategies in its rebuilding project. The Reform synagogue, located in the West San Fernando Valley, celebrated the new year in September with a new...

  • Farmer, rabbi and maple syrup maker, Shmuel Simenowitz melds Torah and environmentalism

    April 18, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    It’s easy to spot Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz at a Jewish food conference, an environmentalist gathering or any of the other progressive-minded confabs he frequents.

    Just look for the Chasid in the room.

    Simenowitz is an anomaly: a haredi Orthodox Jew, black hat and all, who is...

  • Humanitarian Snapshot: Dr. Alon Tal

    May 10, 2010 | 11:52 am

    Dr. Alon Tal, 2005 recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize, is dedicated to challenging and reshaping Israel’s environmental policies. From his trailblazing advocacy work, to founding the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, to his work on desertification, Tal has established...

  • Balancing resources and lives -- being Jewish and 'green'

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    December 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    I entered the classroom, where more than 30 Jewish adults who had been studying together for the past semester buzzed in conversation. I began class by asking my students a simple question: "Are you concerned about what is happening to our environment and worried about what the...
  • Begone, bygones! Green is the new blue and white

    November 13, 2008 | 12:45 am

    Bygones

    "Let Bygones (Not) Be Bygones" (Nov. 7) infuriated me. Marty Kaplan is not happy that Barack Obama was generous to his opponents and their supporters in his victory speech, because in his opinion, they are guilty of lies and character assassination for suggesting the...
  • Bastardizing the Bible

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 29, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Forget a red-letter text, HarperOne has developed an eco-friendly Bible of soy-based ink printed on recycled paper. “Over 1,000 verses that highlight the importance of the planet and the environment are highlighted in,” Gary Stern informs, “you guessed it, green.”

    This appears to be...

  • Tropical storm rains out global-warming deniers’ meeting

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 19, 2008 | 6:49 pm

    The MoJo blog informs us that God understands irony: Tropical Storm Fay can be thanked for interfering with a meeting for global warming deniers.

  • The Dead Sea is dying and it's a 'man-made disaster' [VIDEO]

    August 3, 2008 | 7:34 pm

    EIN GEDI, Israel (JTA)—The beach at the Ein Gedi Spa at the Dead Sea would seem like an ideal place for a little R&R amid the frenzy of modern Israel.

    Set in the quiet of the desert, it has stunning views of Jordan’s mountains and its therapeutic waters reputedly do wonders for...

  • Red-Dead canal idea stirs controversy

    By Dina Kraft

    August 3, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    HERZLIYA, Israel (JTA) – On aerial photographs, the shrinking Dead Sea juts into the surrounding desert landscape like a blue index finger.

    As part of the effort to prevent this finger from becoming a mere smudge on the map by 2050, the World Bank is conducting a $14 million...

  • OPINION: Save the Dead Sea by restoring the Jordan River, not by building a canal to the Red Sea

    August 3, 2008 | 6:24 pm

    TEL AVIV (JTA)—Environmentalists in Israel and the Middle East have a clear vision on how to save the Dead Sea, which has been losing 850 million cubic meters per year thanks to water diversion upstream and mineral extraction at the sea.

    This vision sees fresh water flowing again...

  • VIDEO: A Sacred Duty—A Jewish response to threats to our environment

    July 8, 2008 | 4:09 am

    From the Internet Archive:

    A Major Documentary on Current Environmental Threats and How Jewish Teachings Can Be Applied in Responding to These Threats.

    Produced by Emmy-Award-winning producer, director, writer, and cinematographer Lionel Friedberg, A SACRED DUTY will take its...

  • From security to the environment — L.A. and Israel exchange ideas

    June 26, 2008 | 11:31 am

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    L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the Western Wall. Photo courtesy the Mayor's Office


    Last week's emotion-packed visit to Sderot by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with a delegation of senior city officials, leaders of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the...

  • Monday morning editor

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 19, 2008 | 9:53 am

    In a letter to the editor this week, Paula Van Gelder, like Shoded Yam, argued that The Jewish Journal was the wrong place to report on the “ridiculous ramblings” of Kevin MacDonald. She went on to make a strange comparison that, if it were appreciated, would mean few articles about...

  • Evangelical leaders: global warming ‘uncertain’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 16, 2008 | 12:25 pm

    Oy vey. It’s statements like these that convince atheists good evangelicals have no brains:

    WASHINGTON – While it may seem like everyone believes in global warming and the impending catastrophe it will bring, a group of conservative Christians countered that message Thursday by...

  • The Book of Pelosi

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 24, 2008 | 11:11 am

    Fun from the Bible Belt Blogger:

    Maybe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is quoting from the Howard Dean Version of the Holy Bible. You know, the one that has the book of Job in the New Testament. Or perhaps sheâ€(tm)s picked up some new-fangled, biodegradable, Australian Earth Bible, with...

  • Green endowments mean big returns for nonprofit

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Two years ago, Camp Ramah in California embarked upon a major solar energy project, effectively becoming the first Jewish overnight camp west of the Mississippi to adopt greener energy options. With the installation of a solar energy system atop the dining hall of our 75-acre Ojai...
  • The poisoning of Beverly Hills High

    By Amy Klein

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Joy Horowitz's "Parts Per Million: The Poisoning of Beverly Hills High School" (Viking) is a dense 350-page book detailing a four-year fight between 1,000 litigants who claimed oil wells at the school caused diseases, such as cancer, and defendants -- including the oil companies, the...
  • Take Tu B’Shevat to heart and start healing nature

    By Andy Lipkis

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    These are the times for which Tu B'Shevat was created. The rabbis who envisioned this holiday were prophetic: They knew we would need to be reminded on a regular basis about howimportant trees are to our lives. And trees have never been more important to our survival than they are...
  • Not so awful being green, honorable menschen

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Greening Hypocrisy

    Just read your article in the green edition of The Jewish Journal and bravo ("End Hypocrisy Now," Jan. 4). Thank goodness someone finally said something. I am a filmmaker and environmental educator living in the Fairfax district, and I can't tell you how shocking...
  • End hypocrisy now

    By Rob Eshman

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Quick, name one thing that 99 percent of all American Jews agree on. Impossible, right? We are the People who pride ourselves on our contentiousness, who revel in our stiff-neckedness, who love to remind the world that where there are two Jews, you'll find three opinions.

    But it's...

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