In the wake of the UN climate conference in Glasgow, Rabbi Yonatan Neril will explore Jewish teachings that relate to climate change and why it is so critical that Jewish communities mobilize to address the climate crisis. The world is facing the greatest challenge it has ever faced and Jewish wisdom has a critical role in addressing it. Religion informs values, which inform environmental behavior. Religion is a fundamental part of many people’s lives and a key motivator. At this moment in history, we need a major infusion of energy to promote faith groups inspiring behavioral change for sustainable living.
Rabbi Yonatan Neril is the founder and director of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD). Yonatan is the coauthor of the bestselling book "Eco Bible (Volume 1): An Ecological Commentary on Genesis and Exodus", published by ICSD, which shines new light on how the Hebrew Bible and great religious thinkers have urged human care and stewardship of nature for thousands of years as a central message of spiritual wisdom. He has spoken internationally on religion and the environment, including at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, the Fez Climate Conscience Summit and the Parliament of World Religions. He co-organized ten interfaith environmental conferences in Jerusalem, New York City, Washington D.C., and Atlanta. He is the lead author and general editor of three books on Jewish environmental ethics and also co-authored three reports on faith and ecology courses in theological education. Raised in California, Yonatan completed an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University with a focus on global environmental issues, and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. He lives with his wife, Shana and their two children in Jerusalem.
Monday, 17 January, 8 pm Israel / 7 pm CET / 6 pm UK / 1 pm EST
Monday January 17th 15 Shevat 08:00 - 09:00
Rabbi Yonatan Neril
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