Aish’s eco-fellowships will teach young participants why being green is being more Jewish.
Aish HaTorah, a leading organization in the realm of creative Jewish educational programs and leadership training, was founded in 1974 and has been trying to revitalize the Jewish community ever since. Now it is expanding its programming on Judaism and the environment by attempting to create an eco-fellowship that will focus on “the Jewish Biblical and traditional requirements for compassionate and sustainable living and how that applies to modern times.”
The mission of the eco-fellowhips, in Aish’s own words, would be
“to promote global environmental wellness by educating and informing about the Jewish requirements for responsible living. As the question of global sustainability and clean technology dominates the world stage, the often-overlooked Jewish perspectives on environmental responsibility have the potential to contribute greatly and the Eco-Fellowships seek to actualize that potential.”
Aish hopes to annually select a group of around 30 students to travel to Israel for an intensive 2-week eco-fellowship that trains them in Jewish environmental advocacy. The plan is for these students to then return to their respective campuses and create their own programming within their communities.
Topics that would be covered during the eco-fellowship include:
- Alternative energies (both solar and wind)
- Desert agriculture and desertification
- Waste management
- Electric car network
- Water treatment
- Talmudic agricultural practices as a model of sustainability
- Ecological commandments (waste disposal and compassion for nature)
- Tikkun Olam (the Jewish edict to repair the world)
To learn more about the Aish HaTorah Eco-Fellowship program, contact Patrick Amar ([email protected]).
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