Jewish Eco Seminars (JES) undertakes this Jewish Environmental Education Project to develop infographics on each of the eighteen topics, print the materials as books, and provide professional development seminars for Jewish educators on Judaism and ecology. These efforts will be based on the book Uplifting People and Planet: 18 Essential Jewish Teachings on the Environment, likely the most comprehensive study in English on Jewish teachings and environmental sustainability. It builds on the work of Jewcology and Canfei Nesharim in producing robust Jewish environmental educational materials on eighteen topics, To view the Jewish trees infographic click here.
About the Book
Uplifting People and Planet: 18 Essential Jewish Teachings on the Environment is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about the Biblical source of our imperative to preserve the earth. This work reveals deep-rooted Jewish perspectives on environmental sustainability. It draws on the 3,000 year old Jewish tradition to provide easy access to ancient texts on environmental issues. It also offers applies these texts and rabbinic commentaries to a range of contemporary ecological challenges, from climate change to biodiversity loss to air pollution. From food, energy and waste to consumerism, the Sabbath and prayer, Uplifting People and Planet explores eighteen topics on Judaism and ecology. All materials were comprehensively studied and reviewed by scientists and rabbis.
The book was developed by Canfei Nesharim in partnership with Jewcology.com and released as a “Year of Jewish Learning on the Environment.” Each of the eighteen topics includes a short article (800 words) with a brief overview of the topic for blogs and articles; a long article (2000-2500 words) for in-depth study of the topic; a study guide with Hebrew/English sources and discussion questions for group learning, a podcast with a teaching on this topic; and a short video for sharing. This book, edited by Rabbi Yonatan Neril and Evonne Marzouk, has been published online as an ebook available on Amazon with the title Uplifting People and Planet: 18 Essential Jewish Teachings on the Environment. It is also available as individual articles available on several websites, including www.jewcology.com, www.canfeinesharim.org, and www.jewishecoseminars.com The director of Jewish Eco Seminars, Rabbi Yonatan Neril, worked with Canfei Nesharim on a consulting basis in developing the materials on all eighteen topics.
Stage One: Development of Infographics for the Eighteen Teachings
The infographics will enrich the content of each subject, with the aim of understanding visually the general Jewish-ecological concept that the article communicates. JES staff will analyze each teaching in order to extract the general concepts through a process of sketching. This will provide an overview of the topic, identify the primary and secondary points, and facilitate displaying it graphically. Once the infographics have been developed, we will integrate them with the articles in order to publish a book, which can be used in two versions, high resolution (printed and digital) and as educational material to be printed inexpensively. The book will be available in two languages, English and Spanish.
Stage Two: Distribution of the Book, and Jewish Eco Israel Trips
Actions during this stage include:
- Submit book proposals to publishers, including Beacon Press, Urim Publications, and others
- Print 200 copies to distribute in executive departments of community centers, educational institutions and research centers in Israel, the United States and Mexico
- Distribute the infographics via social media.
Additionally, a marketing plan will be developed to offer trips organized by JES to Israel. Our travel programs aim to explore the ecology of Israel, addressing environmental conservation programs in different regions from the Golan Heights to the desert of Arava, know the current progress in clean technologies, and create a current and comprehensive experience the land of Israel.
Third stage: Professional Development Seminars for Jewish Educators and Clergy
For Jewish education can generate a real impact on students, this should be relevant to the lives of educators. With increasing environmental concern within Jewish communities around the world, our project represents a promising new channel to achieve current preparation of people to promote and convey the teachings of Judaism and ecology. We aim to:
- Implement two annual professional development workshops for Jewish educators, rabbis, directors of education.
- Offer new educational materials and practical tools to integrate the teachings.
- Provide access to curriculum modules, plus a resource manual for teachers with lesson plans, articles, experimental activities, sources and reference materials on a wide range of Jewish teachings on the environment.
- Provide support to educators interested after the seminar, with updated equipment, personal consultations and group conference calls.
- Evaluate each seminar using existing evaluation materials
- Advertising, marketing, and coordination of seminars, will be held in institutions in collaboration with the staff of JES.
Short Description of the Eighteen Teachings on Jewish Ecology