Jewish Eco Seminars (JES) was launched in June 2010 through the PresenTense Institute in the chair sponsored by The Jim Joseph Foundation. We emerged out of a successful 2008 pilot project of eight seminars for 140 Jewish educators in the greater San Francisco area. The project was implemented by Canfei Nesharim and the Bureau of Jewish Education, funded by the Gaia Fund, and initiated and managed by the founder of JES. Since then, we expanded. Scroll further down to learn more.
Why this matters
In a recent study among Americans, about 75% state that they are particularly concerned about helping the environment as they go about their daily lives. Yet, the study shows that only one-in-five Americans say they make an effort to live in ways that help protect the environment “all the time.” Our education and tour programs for Jewish groups in Israel address the most burning issues that excite our participants and create room to explore sustainable ways of living.
Our Bread & Butter
Jewish Eco Seminars (JES) engages and educates the Jewish community by revealing the powerful connection between modern Israel, ecological innovation, and Jewish values.
We deliver dynamic, experiential educational programs to a wide range of Jews in Israel and North America and capitalize on the ecological awareness of many young Jews as a point of engagement for strengthening Jewish identity and Israel awareness. Since our founding, JES reached over 2,750 Jews on the dynamic connection between Judaism, ecology, and Israel.
Contact us and get involved when…
…you want us to stop by and talk to your community, students or congregates about Judaism & Ecology.
…you plan your next trip to Israel and need a tour guide for eco-related tours all around the country.
…you look for a volunteer experience in Jerusalem; become part of our team and support our mission.
…you need infographics on Judaism & Ecology for your next class or seminar.
…you care deeply but do not need any of the above; we will find a way to include you.
Help us financially and donate to a great cause that helps educate Jews of all ages on Judaism & Ecology.
JES is a branch of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, a registered non-profit organization in Israel, and is fiscally sponsored in the U.S. by Jewish Jumpstart, a registered 501(c)3. A team of staff and volunteers implement its vision, based in its Jerusalem office.
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