Thursday, May 7, 2015

Jewish Climate Action Conference in Boston - Omer Day 34

by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

The journey from bondage to redemption is a journey from enslavement to spiritually based actions. It requires opening our eyes, our hearts, and our minds. It requires learning and connecting to others.

Do you live in the Boston area? If so, you can take a large step along this journey by joining members of the Jewish Climate Action Network and the larger Jewish community on Sunday, May 17, from 3-7 PM at From Uncertainty to Action: What You Can Do About Climate Change.

The Jewish Climate Action Network (JCAN) conference will be a time for community members from across New England concerned about climate change to come together. The conference will focus on a Jewish response to climate change, ideas for action, and how climate change is fundamentally a social justice issue. It will provide organized opportunities to connect with others interested in working together.

Summery of the conference:
·         Panel exploring what Judaism adds to our understanding and ability to respond to climate change
·         Two rounds of workshops, each of which will provide concrete information about a specific way to respond to the threat of climate change and to connect with others
·         Opportunity to speak with community organizations and businesses involved in environmental work
·         Special workshop for teens and tweens
·         Short wrap-up program highlighting what has been accomplished and providing a send off
·         Facilitation of informal gatherings for dinner at nearby restaurants those who want to continue the conversations.

A schedule and descriptions of workshops and bios of workshop leaders can be found here.

When: Sunday, May 17, 3-7 PM
Cost: $18 donation (optional); students are free.
Co-sponsors include Hebrew College, Center for Global Judaism, Hazon, LimmudBoston, Shomrei Bereshit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth, and others.

Today is Day 34, which is four weeks and six days of the Omer.
Today is Day 34, which is four weeks and six days of the journey from bondage to revelation.

Rabbi Katy Allen is a board certified chaplain and serves as a Nature Chaplain and the Facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors all year long. She is a co-convener and coordinator of the Boston-based Jewish Climate Action Network.

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