Annual Green Sukkah Conference Taking Place Again in Kibbutz Ein Shemer

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The high holidays keep marching on, and after a reflective and sustainable Rosh Hashanah (and Yom Kippur) comes a (hopefully green) Sukkot. The ecological greenhouse in Kibbutz Ein Shemer will be hosting their annual Green Sukkah Conference again (we wrote about it last year as well) with this year’s topic being “The Water Crisis as […]

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Sulha's Environmental Message: If Jews, Muslims and Christians can Live Together, the Environment Will Benefit too

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 A year ago, James wrote an article on Green Prophet about a unique organization known as the Sulha Peace Project and its role in reconciliation among peoples of different religious faiths and cultures, which is what the word sulha or reconciliation  in Arabic is supposed to be about.   The Sulha Peace Project was founded in […]

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Jewish National Fund Sponsors North America's Green Israel Program

The Jewish National Fund says it is proud to sponsor the Habonim Dror North America (HDNA) Green Israel Program. The program brings together the values of Judaism, Zionism and social justice through a Zionist-based, environmentally friendly gardening project at HDNA’s seven summer camps located in California, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and Vancouver. Its goal is to […]

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Eco-Activist Yeshiva in Jerusalem Brings the Torah Down to Earth

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The links between religion and environmental concern/activism are no news to Green Prophet.  We’ve covered them in our Eco Rabbi series, discussion of the environment and the Qu’ran, and in stories about multi-faith perspectives on the environment. But it was news to discover an Eco-Activist Beit Midrash (EABM) in Jerusalem’s Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo, which, in […]

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A Birthright That Turns Green

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Coming to Israel for the first time is now becoming more environmentally friendly. Not only does Taglit-Birthright still offer a free 10-day trip for Jewish 18 to 26 year olds, but now each trip incorporates at least one environmental awareness aspect, and some newer tracks are even environmentally centered. Taglit Birthright Israel first started in […]

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Project Sol Shines Its Solar-Powered Lights in Africa

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(Sivan Achor-Borowich, the Founder, Jewish Heart for Africa, on the right) As Westerners, there are some things we really can’t understand about Africa unless we’ve been there. That’s what Sivan Achor-Borowich discovered over the last decade. While working for a clothing manufacturer and then the United Nations, the Israeli woman fell in love with Africa. […]

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Eco Rabbi on Purim and Building a Good Society

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This week Jewish people everwhere, and in Israel,  celebrate the festival of Purim, which I would call the festival of communal identity. The beginning of the Megillah (what Jewish people read on Purim) opens with King Achashverosh’s party, a seven-day-all-out-eat-your-heart-out party. After spending an entire half-year celebrating throughout the country, the king wanted to impress […]

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Zalul's Tu B’Shvat 2009 Photo Competition

Tu B’Shvat is just around the corner!  Traditionally known as the “New Year of the Trees”, in modern times it has been reinterpreted as the Jewish Earth Day.  Each year, Jews around the world come together to celebrate the holiday by planting trees, cleaning beaches, and participating in other acts of “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the […]

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