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The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and care for it.
- Genesis 2:15


COEJL - Multi-denominational

One of the most informative Internet resources for Judaism and environmental stewardship is the web site of COEJL, the Coalition On The Environment and Jewish Life.  The site provides educational program guides, legislative updates, text sources and much more. A real treasure trove!


The brainchild of Jewish Renewal leader Rabbi Arthur Waskow, the Shalom Center (located in Philadelphia) has been on the environmental stewardship bandwagon for a very long time. The site is particularly strong in the advocacy arena, on the environment and a host of other social justice issues.

HAZON - Multi-denominational

Along with COEJL, Hazon (“Vision”) is one of the two largest American Jewish environmental groups. Their web site lays out their mission and values as follows:

Vision And Mission

Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and a healthier and more sustainable world for all.

We effect change in three ways:

• Through the direct human impact of our programs;
• By supporting the American Jewish environmental movement and the Israeli    environmental movement;
• Through thought-leadership (writing, speaking, teaching, campaigning).

The following values underpin our programs:

• A strong commitment to inclusive community;
• A strong commitment to volunteer involvement and leadership development;
• Multi-generationality;
• Being Jewishly serious and deeply engaged with the world around us;
• We believe in reaching people where they are and not where we might like them to be.

In the medium-term, our goal is to transform Jewish life over the next six years, so that by September 2015 – at the end of the next shmita (sabbatical) year in the Jewish tradition,  - we are clearly and demonstrably weaving commitments to sustainability into the fabric of Jewish life in this country and around the world.

CANFEI NESHARIM ("Wings of Eagles") - Orthodox

Connecting traditional Torah texts with contemporary scientific findings, Canfei Nesharim educates and empowers Jewish individuals, organizations and communities to take an active role in protecting the environment, in order to build a more sustainable world.

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