Rachel Laser, Deputy Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
As inheritors of a tradition of environmental stewardship that stretches back to the Book of Genesis, Jews know that we have a crucial role to play in protecting our planet and responding to climate change. We also recognize that our responsibility to care of the environment is not only part of our covenant with God to “till and tend” to our earth (Genesis 2:15), but also part of our covenant with our children, so that they may inherit a habitable planet.
Within the Jewish community, occasions like Earth Day provide us with the opportunity to celebrate our planet’s natural beauty and reenergize the conversation around what we can do to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. For these reasons, I hope you will join us in celebrating Earth Day Shabbat – the weekend preceding Earth Day – on April 17-18, 2015. The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) has created a guide for how to connect your Shabbat observance with Earth Day, and how to bring messages about the environment into your congregation.