Jewish Earth Week is a program started by Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein, with the support of the Whizin Center for the Jewish Future and the Alevy Foundation, to bring Jewish environmental programs to college campuses and Jewish communities. Jewish Earth started in 2005 when Yonah and Rachel were with Hillel at Long Beach State. Today, our main partner is the OU-JLIC at UCLA, who help to promote the program worldwide.
Tu B’Shvat Programs on Campus
There is more to Tu b’Shvat than planting trees. The ancient festival of Tu b’Shvat offers communities the opportunity to connect environmentalism with Jewish spiritually in creative ways, engaging Jews across a wide spectrum of observance levels and backgrounds. Most Jews are unaware that Judaism has anything to say about the our relationship to the environment. In fact, Judaism commits humanity to be stewards of the earth, protecting it from exploitation and devastation. However that commitment has been neglected. The program is designed to offer a compelling framework for community outreach, education, celebration, and activism rooted in Jewish wisdom and values.
Jewish Earth Week on College Campuses
Jewish Earth Week takes Tu b’Shvat to a whole new level. The program takes place the week of Tu b’Shvat. It is being organized by students, Hillels, and other campus groups on multiple campuses this winter. Jewish Earth Week will feature speakers, actions and celebrations with local and international leaders, educators, and activists who are pursuing solutions to pressing global environmental issues.
Every year we focus on another theme. Recent themes include “Living Waters”, and a focus on water scarcity and conservation, a growing threat which impacts billions. The goal was to encourage each community and campus to create a localized water optimization strategy to preserve and protect this invaluable resource.
Jewish Earth Week’s sponsors include Whizin Center for the Jewish Future and The Deanna and Allen Alevy Family and JConnect.
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