Featured Artists: Victor Raphael and Clayton Spada, Bara Sapir, and Orly Aviv
Why is there a Jewish environmental movement? Why are Jewish institutions starting to green themselves? And in a professionalized community that respects evaluation, outcomes, and metrics, what are our ultimate goals?
It is time for Jewish environmentalism to move beyond an apologetic theology and an ethic of personal virtue to become more engaged with the many creative ideas that have been emanating from the general religion and environment movement.
If Israel set a goal of 40 percent renewables by 2020, it would cast Israel not only as a responsible nation but also as a shining example of what can be accomplished by coordinated global action.
Andrea Cohen-Keiner and Rusty Pritchard talk about sharing the earth.
Creation has been the neglected question in modern Jewish theology. Partly because the issue did not fit well with the particularist agenda (“How are we different from our Christian neighbors?”), but also because we feared taking a clear position either supporting or opposing evolutionary theory, Jewish thinkers have remained mostly silent on the subject of life’s origins.
Last year the New York Times ran a despairing series of articles on how hard it was becoming to prosecute street crimes because of witness intimidation.
The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pages, $24
Reviewed by Haim Watzman
Is energy conservation a matter of “personal virtue”? How is what we think, linked to what we do? How does our notion of stewardship inform our environmental practice? Should Israel renounce its nuclear energy program?