The New York campus is taking the Jewish responsibility to respond to the environmental crisis seriously by going green and practicing and teaching environmental awareness to the next generation of Jewish leaders. The initiatives include sustainability measures for the campus’s food system; a new track of courses in the curriculum; and innovative opportunities for social activism and experiential learning. The goal is to create a cadre of environmentally knowledgeable clergy and educators who will bring their commitment to Jewish environmental education and practices into the synagogues, Hillels, day schools, and communities they serve.
“Addressing the environmental crisis is part of our Jewish mandate to prevent the destruction of our planet,” states Rabbi Shirley Idelson, Ph.D., Former Dean, HUC-JIR/New York. “We must draw upon the wisdom of our Jewish teachings related to environmental stewardship, and act with a sense of urgency.”