Rabbinic Letter on Climate Change

Rabbinic Letter on Climate -Torah, Pope, & Crisis Inspire 425+ Rabbis to Call for Vigorous Climate Action

Encouraged by plans for and release of the papal Encyclical,  they call for Eco-Social Justice

As of Noon on October 29, 2015,  425 rabbis have signed a Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis, calling for vigorous action to prevent worsening climate disruption and to seek eco-social justice. The text of the Rabbinic Letter and its signers are below.

The Rabbinic Letter was initiated by seven leading rabbis from a broad spectrum of American Jewish life: Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of the American Jewish University; 
Rabbi Arthur Green, rector of the Hebrew College rabbinical school; Rabbi Peter Knobel, former president, Central Conference of American Rabbis; Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbininical College; Rabbi Susan Talve, spiritual leader of Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center; and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.They were joined by Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, a leader of the Orthodox community.

The full text and list of signers follows.

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 To the Jewish People, to all Communities of Spirit,

and to the World:

 A Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis

We come as Jews and rabbis with great respect for what scientists teach us – for as we understand their teaching, it is about the unfolding mystery of God’s Presence in the unfolding universe, and especially in the history and future of our planet.  Although we accept scientific accounts of earth’s history, we continue to see it as God’s creation, and we celebrate the presence of the divine hand in every earthly creature.

Yet in our generation, this wonder and this beauty have been desecrated — not in one land alone but ‘round all the Earth. So in this crisis, even as we join all Earth in celebrating the Breath of Life that interweaves us all — –

—  You sea-monsters and all deeps, Hallelu-Yah.

Fire, hail, snow, and steam, Hallelu-Yah.

Stormy wind to do God’s word, Hallelu-Yah.

Mountains high and tiny hills, Hallelu-Yah (Psalm 148)

We know all Earth needs not only the joyful human voice but also the healing human hand.

We are especially moved when the deepest, most ancient insights of Torah about healing the relationships of Earth and human earthlings, adamah and adam, are echoed in the findings of modern science.

The texts of Torah that perhaps most directly address our present crisis ar Leviticus 25-26 and Deuteronomy 15.  They call for one year of every seven to be Shabbat Shabbaton – a Sabbatical Year – and Shmittah – a Year of restful Release for the Earth and its workers from being made to work, and of Release for debtors from their debts.

In Leviticus 26, the Torah warns us that if we refuse to let the Earth rest, it will “rest” anyway, despite us and upon us – through drought and famine and exile that turn an entire people into refugees.

This ancient warning heard by one indigenous people in one slender land has now become a crisis of our planet as a whole and of the entire human species. Human behavior that overworks the Earth – especially the overburning of fossil fuels   — crests in a systemic planetary response that endangers human communities and many other life-forms as well.

Already we see unprecedented floods, droughts, ice-melts, snowstorms, heat waves, typhoons,

sea-level rises, and the expansion of disease-bearing insects from “tropical” zones into what used to be “temperate” regions. Leviticus 26 embodied.  Scientific projections of the future make clear that even worse will happen if we continue with carbon-burning business as usual.

As Jews, we ask the question whether the sources of traditional Jewish wisdom can offer guidance to our political  efforts to  prevent disaster and  heal our relationship  with the Earth.  Our first and most basic wisdom is expressed in the Sh’ma and is underlined in the teaching that through Shekhinah the Divine presence dwells within as well as beyond the world. The Unity of all means not only that all life is interwoven, but also that an aspect of God’s Self partakes in the interwovenness.

We acknowledge that for centuries, the attention of our people – driven into exile not only from our original land but made refugees from most lands thereafter so that they were bereft of physical or political connection and without any specific land – has turned away from this sense of interconnection of adam and adamah, toward the repair of social injustice.  Because of this history, we were so much pre-occupied with our own survival that we could not turn attention to the deeper crisis of which our tradition had always been aware.

But justice and earthiness cannot be disentangled. This is taught by our ancient texts – teaching that every seventh year be a Year of Release, Shmittah, Shabbat Shabbaton, in which there would be not only one year’s release of Earth from overwork, but also one year’s sharing by all in society of the Earth’s freely growing abundance, and one year’s release of debtors from their debts.

Indeed, we are especially aware that this very year is, according to the ancient count, the Shmita Year.

The unity of justice and Earth-healing is also taught by our experience today: The worsening inequality of wealth, income, and political power has two direct impacts on the climate crisis. On the one hand, great Carbon Corporations not only make their enormous profits from wounding the Earth, but then use these profits to purchase elections and to fund fake science to prevent the public from acting to heal the wounds. On the other hand, the poor in America and around the globe are the first and the worst to suffer from the typhoons, floods, droughts, and diseases brought on by climate chaos.

So we call for a new sense of eco-social justice – a tikkun olam that includes tikkun tevel, the healing of our planet.  We urge those who have been focusing on social justice to address the climate crisis, and those who have been focusing on the climate crisis to address social justice.

Though as rabbis we are drawing on the specific practices by which our Torah makes eco-social justice possible, we recognize that in all cultures and all spiritual traditions there are teachings about the need for setting time and space aside for celebration, restfulness, reflection.

Yet in modern history, we realize that for about 200 years, the most powerful institutions and cultures of the human species have refused to let the Earth or human earthlings have time or space for rest.  By overburning carbon dioxide and methane into our planet’s air, we have disturbed the sacred balance in which we breathe in what the trees breathe out, and the trees breathe in what we breathe out. The upshot: global scorching, climate crisis.

The crisis is worsened by the spread of extreme extraction of fossil fuels that not only heats the planet as a whole but damages the regions directly affected.

§  Fracking shale rock for oil and “unnatural gas” poisons regional water supplies and induces the shipment of volatile explosive “bomb trains” around the country.

§  Coal burning not only imposes asthma on coal-plant neighborhoods – often the poorest and Blackest – but destroys the lovely mountains of West Virginia.

§  Extracting and pipe-lining Tar Sands threatens Native First nation communities in Canada and the USA, and endangers farmers and cowboys through whose lands the KXL Pipeline is intended to traverse..

§  Drilling for oil deep into the Gulf and the Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound off the Pacific have already brought death to workers and to sea life and financial disasters upon nearby communities. Proposed oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic threaten worse.

All of this is overworking Earth — precisely what our Torah teaches we must not do. So now we must let our planet rest from overwork. For Biblical Israel, this was a central question in our relationship to the Holy One.  And for us and for our children and their children, this is once again the central question of our lives and of our God. HOW?  — is the question we must answer.

So here we turn from inherited wisdom to action in our present and our future. One way of addressing our own responsibility would be for households, congregations, denominations, federations, political action  — to Move Our Money from spending that helps these modern pharaohs burn our planet to spending that helps to heal it. For example, these actions might be both practical and effective:

§  Purchasing wind-born rather than coal-fired electricity to light our homes and synagogues and community centers;

§  Organizing our great Federations to offer grants and loans to every Jewish organization in their regions to solarize their buildings;

§  Shifting our bank accounts from banks that invest in deadly carbon-burning to community banks and credit unions that invest in local neighborhoods, especially those of poor, Black, and Hispanic communities;

§  Moving our endowment funds from supporting deadly Carbon to supporting stable, profitable, life-giving enterprises;

§  Insisting that our tax money go no longer to subsidizing enormously profitable Big Oil but instead to subsidizing the swift deployment of renewable energy  — as quickly in this emergency as our government moved in the emergency of the early 1940s to shift from manufacturing cars to making tanks.

§  Convincing our legislators to institute a system of carbon fees and public dividends that rewards our society for moving beyond the Carbon economy.

These examples are simply that, and in the days and years to come,  we may think of other approaches to accomplish these ecological ends.

America is one of the most intense contributors to the climate crisis, and must therefore take special responsibility to act.  Though we in America are already vulnerable to climate chaos, other countries are even more so –– and Jewish caring must take that truth seriously. Israeli scientists, for example, report that if the world keeps doing carbon business as usual, the Negev desert will come to swallow up half the state of Israel, and sea-level rises will put much of Tel Aviv under water.

Israel itself is too small to calm the wide world’s worsening heat. Israel’s innovative ingenuity for solar and wind power could help much of the world, but it will take American and other funding to help poor nations use the new-tech renewable energy created by Israeli and American innovators.

We believe that there is both danger and hope in American society today, a danger and a hope that the American Jewish community, in concert with our sisters and brothers in other communities of Spirit, must address.  The danger is that America is the largest contributor to the scorching of our planet.  The hope is that over and over in our history, when our country faced the need for profound change, it has been our communities of moral commitment, religious covenant, and spiritual search that have arisen to meet the need. So it was fifty years ago during the Civil Rights movement, and so it must be today.

As we live through this Shmittah Year, we are especially aware that Torah calls for Hak’heyl — assembling the whole community of the People Israel during the Sukkot after the Shmittah year, to hear and recommit ourselves to the Torah’s central teachings.

So we encourage Jews in all our communities to gather on the Sunday of Sukkot this year, October 4, 2015, to explore together our responsibilities toward the Earth and all humankind, in this generation.

Our ancient earthy wisdom taught that social justice, sustainable abundance, a healthy Earth, and spiritual fulfillment are inseparable. Today we must hear that teaching in a world-wide context, drawing upon our unaccustomed ability to help shape public policy in a great nation. We call upon the Jewish people to meet God’s challenge once again.

Signed:

Rabbi Jonathan Aaron     Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills   Beverly Hills CA

Rabbi Susan Abramson     Temple Shalom Emeth   Burlington MA

Rabbi Ruth Adar     Lehrhaus Judaica   San Leandro CA

Rabbi Avruhm Addison     Cong Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu El   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi David Adelson     East End Temple   New York NY

Rabbi Alison Adler     Temple B’nai Abraham   Beverly MA

Rabbi Moshe Adler     Beth El – The Heights Synagogue   University Heights OH

Rabbi Rachel Adler     Hebrew Union College   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Ron Aigen     Congregation Dorshei Emet, Montreal   Montreal Canada

Rabbi Aaron Alexander     IKAR   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Mona Alfi     Congregation B’nai Israel   Sacramento CA

Rabbi Katy Allen     Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hop   Wayland MA

Rabbi Adam Allenberg     Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion   Santa Monica CA

Rabbi Doug Alpert     Congregation Kol Ami-Kansas City   Kansas City MO

Rabbi Neil Amswych     Temple Beth Shalom   Santa Fe NM

Rabbi Batsheva Appel     Temple Emanu-El   Tucson AZ

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel     Temple Israel   Omaha NE

Rabbi Elan Babchuck     Temple Emanu-El   Providence RI

Rabbi Richard Backer     Ohalah   Newton MA

Rabbi Chava Bahle     Or Tzafon   Suttons Bay MI

Rabbi Ethan Bair     Temple Sinai   Reno NV

Rabbi Benjamin Barnett     Beit Am Jewish Community   Corvallis OR

Rabbi Lewis M Barth     Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion   Encino CA

Rabbi Geoff Basik     Kol HaLev   Baltimore MD

Rabbi Sarah Bassin     Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills   Beverly Hills CA

Rabbi David Dunn Bauer     Congregation Beit Simchat Torah   New York NY

Rabbi Birdie Becker     Temple Emanuel, Pueblo   Centennial CO

Rabbi Marc Belgrad     B’Chavana Congregation   Buffalo Grove IL

Rabbi Haim Beliak     Beth Ohr   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Lisa Bellows     Congregation Beth Am   Buffalo Grove IL

Rabbi Gabriel Ben-Or     Gulfport Congregation Beth Sholom   webster FL

Rabbi Karen Bender     Jewish Home of Los Angeles   Tarzana CA

Rabbi Allen Bennett     Temple Israel of Alameda, Rabbi Emeritus   San Francisco CA

Rabbi Philip Bentley     Honorary President, Jewish Peace fellowship   Hendersonville NC

Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum     Congregation Shir Hadash   Milwaukee WI

Rabbi Marc Berkson     Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun   Milwaukee WI

Rabbi Marjorie Berman     Reconstructionist Rabbinical College   Clarks Summit PA

Rabbi Phyllis Berman     Pnai Or-Philadelphia, Germantown Jewish Centre, Mishkan Shalom   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Ellen Bernstein     Shomrei Adamah   Holyoke MA

Rabbi Jonathan Biatch     Temple Beth El, Madison, Wisconsin   Madison WI

Rabbi Brad Bloom     Bloom   Hilton Head SC

Rabbi Marc S Blumenthal     Reform Judaism   Long Beach CA

Rabbi Neil Blumofe     Congregation Agudas Achim   Austin TX

Rabbi Samantha Bodner        Houston TX

Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton     Or Haneshamah: Ottawa’s Reconstructionist Community   Ottawa Canada

Rabbi Jill Borodin     Congregation Beth Shalom   Seattle WA

Rabbi Neal Borovitz     Rabbi Emeritus Temple Avodat Shalom River Edge NJ   New York NY NY

Rabbi Joshua Breindel     Temple Anshe Amunim   Pittsfield MA

Rabbi Anne Brener     Academy for Jewish Religion   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Reeve R. Brenner     National Association for Recreational Equality   Rockville MD

Rabbi Cari Bricklin-Small     Temple Shir Tikvah   WInchester MA

Rabbi Caryn Broitman     Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center   West Tisbury MA

Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer     Amherst College/Western New England University   Northampton MA

Rabbi Deborah Bronstein     Congregation Har HaShem   Boulder CO

Rabbi Lester Bronstein     Reconstructionist/Reform   White Plains NY

Rabbi Samuel Broude     Temple sinai, oakland,ca – emeritus   Oakland CA

Rabbi Sharon Brous     IKAR   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Rachel Brown     Congregation B’nai Jacob   Phoenixville PA

Rabbi Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus     Wheaton College (MA)  Department of Religion   Providence RI

Rabbi Simcha Daniel Burstyn     Center for Creative Ecology, Kibbutz Lotan   Kibbutz Lotan Israel

Rabbi Lee Bycel     c   KENSINGTON CA

Rabbi Michael Cahana     Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, Oregon   Portland OR

Rabbi Meredith Cahn     Community School for Jewish Learning   Petaluma CA

Rabbi NIna Beth Cardin     Conservative Movement   Baltimore MD

Rabbi Kenneth Carr     Congregation Or Ami   Lafayette Hill PA

Rabbi Joshua Caruso     Fairmount Temple   Beachwood OH

Rabbi Ken Chasen     Leo Baeck Temple   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Jordana Chernow-Reader     Reform   Ventura CA

Rabbi Steven Chester     Temple Sinai, Oakland, Ca.   Oakland CA

Rabbi Karen Citrin     Temple Israel   Tulsa OK

Rabbi Micah Citrin     Temple Israel   Tulsa OK

Rabbi Paul Citrin     Taos Jewish Center   Albuquerque NM

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen     American Jewish University   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen        New York NY

Rabbi Howard Cohen     Burning Bush Adventures   Bennington VT

Rabbi Malcolm Cohen     Temple Sinai, LasVe   Las Vegas NV

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen     Israel Congregation   Manchester Center VT

Rabbi Norman J. Cohen     HUC-JIR   Briarcliff Manor NY

Rabbi Sandra Cohen     Rodef Shalom   Denver CO

Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener     Am Kolel Sanctuary   Beallsville MD

Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohrn     JCC Manhattan   New York NY

Rabbi Mike Comins     TorahTrek   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi David J. Cooper     Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont, CA   Berkeley CA

Rabbi Howard Cooper     Director of Spiritual Development, Finchley Reform Synagogue, London, UK   Barnet United Kingdom

Rabbi Mychal Copeland     InterfaithFamily   Mountain View CA

Rabbi Sigma Coran     Rockdale Temple   Cincinnati OH

Rabbi Rachel Cowan     retired   New York NY

Rabbi Meryl Crean     Mishkan Shalom   Upper Gwynedd PA

Rabbi Rogerio Cukierman     Yakar   Sao Paulo Brazil

Rabbi Robin Damsky     WSTHZ   Melrose Park IL

Rabbi Julie Danan     Congregation Beth Israel   CHICO CA

Rabbi Stanley Davids     Temple Emanu-El of Greater Atlanta   Santa Monica CA

Rabbi Getzel Davis     Harvard Hillel   Cambridge MA

Rabbi Shoshanah Devorah     Congregation Kol HaEmek   Ukiah CA

Rabbi Elliot Dorff     American Jewish University, rector   Beverly Hills CA

Rabbi William Dreskin     Woodlands Community Temple   Ardsley NY

Rabbi Doris Dyen     Makom HaLev minyan   Pittsburgh PA

Rabbi Laurence Edwards     Congregation Or Chadash (Emeritus)   Chicago IL

Rabbi Lisa Edwards     Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC)   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Amy Eilberg     Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning   Mendota Heights MN

Rabbi Colin Eimer     Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue   London United Kingdom

Rabbi Stephen Einstein     Congregation B’nai Tzedek   Fountain Valley CA

Rabbi Efraim Eisen     Pioneer Valley Jewish Renewal   Amherst MA

Rabbi Diane Elliot     ALEPH   El Sobrante CA

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell     Spiritual Director   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Cindy Enger     Congregation Or Chadash   Chicago IL

Rabbi Lewis Eron     Lions Gate CCRC   Cherry Hill NJ

Rabbi Ted Falcon     Paths to Awakening   Seattle WA

Rabbi Josh Feigelson     Hillel International   Skokie IL

Rabbi Michael Feinberg     Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition   New York NY

Rabbi Samuel Feinsmith     Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning   Evanston IL

Rabbi Fern Feldman     Havurat Ee Shalom   Santa Cruz CA

Rabbi Michael Fessler     RRC   Poughkeepsie NY

Rabbi Brian Field     Judaism Your Way   Denver CO

Rabbi Jacob Fine     Abundance Farm   Northampton MA

Rabbi Brian Fink     JCC Manhattan   Brooklyn NY

Rabbi Daniel Fink     Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel   boise ID

Rabbi Steven Folberg     Congregation Beth Israel   Austin TX

Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari     Boston-Area Jewish Education Program   Boston MA

Rabbi Jeff Foust     Spiritual Life Center Bentley University   Newton MA

Rabbi LORING Frank     ALL PEOPLES SYNAGOGUE   MIAMI BEACH FL

Rabbi Joshua Franklin     Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA   Wellesley MA

Rabbi Jonathan Freirich     Temple Beth El   Charlotte NC

Rabbi Dayle Friedman     Reform/Reconstructionist   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi John Friedman     Judea Reform Congregation   Durham NC

Rabbi Shoshana Friedman     JCDS of Boston   Jamaica Plain MA

Rabbi Pamela Frydman     Renewal   Daly City CA

Rabbi Alan D. Fuchs     Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Stephen Fuchs     Congregation Beth Israel   West Hartford CT

Rabbi Roy Furman     DePaul University   Chicago IL

Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb     Congregation Har HaShem   Boulder CO

Rabbi Laura Geller     TempleEmanuel of Beverly Hills   Beverly Hills CA

Rabbi Everett Gendler     Emeritus, Temple Emanuel, Lowell, MA   Great Barrington, MA 01230 MA

Rabbi Bernard Gerson     Congregation Rodef Shalom   Denver CO

Rabbi Gary Gerson     Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion   River Forest IL

Rabbi Gordon Gladstone, D.D.     Emeritus, Temple Beth Am of Bayonne NJ   Springfield NJ

Rabbi Bob Gluck     University at Albany   Albany NY

Rabbi Laura Gold     Jewish Theological Seminary   New York NY

Rabbi Neal Gold     Temple Shir Tikva   Wayland MA

Rabbi Mark Goldfarb     Temple Beth Ohr, URJ   La Mirada CA

Rabbi Megan Goldman     Columbia/Barnard Hillel   New  York NY

Rabbi Andrea Goldstein     Congregation Shaare Emeth   St. Louis MO

Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein     Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din   Sherman Oaks CA

Rabbi Seth Goldstein     Temple Beth Hatfiloh   Olympia WA

Rabbi Marvin Goodman     No. CA Board of Rabbis   Foster City CA

Rabbi Maralee Gordon     McHenry County Jewish Congregation   Woodstock IL

Rabbi Samuel Gordon     Congregation Sukkat Shalom   Wilmette IL

Rabbi mel Gottlieb     Academy for Jewish Religion, Ca.   los angeles CA

Rabbi Andrea Gouze     Temple Shaare Tefilah   Providence RI

Rabbi Roberto Graetz     Temple Isaiah   Walnut Creek CA

Rabbi Art Green     Hebrew College rabbinical school, rector   Newton MA

Rabbi Irving yitz Greenberg     Founding President,Jewish LifeNetwork/Steinhardt Foundation (retired)   Bronx NY

Rabbi Julie Greenberg     Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Hillel Greene     Gann Academy   Jamaica Plain MA

Rabbi Suzanne Griffel     Lomdim chavurah   Chicago IL

Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer     Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara/Loyola Marymount University   Santa Barbara CA

Rabbi Bonny Grosz     The Community Rabbi Foundation   Reston VA

Rabbi Debra Hachen     Temple Beth-El of Jersey City   Jersey City NJ

Rabbi Judith HaLevy     Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue   ‘Malibu CA

Rabbi Jill Hammer     Academy for Jewish Religion   New York NY

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman     Temple Beth El, Stamford CT   Stamford CT

Rabbi Richard Hammerman     Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation B’nai Israel, Toms River, NJ   Caldwell NJ

Rabbi Lauren Herrmann     formerly of Kol Tzedek   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Lev Herrnson     www.RabbiLevH.com   East Rockaway NY

Rabbi Cecilia Herzfeld-Stern     Spiritual Director   Carlsbad CA

Rabbi Cynthia Hoffman     Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal   Fremont CA

Rabbi Linda Holtzman     Tikkun Olam Chavurah   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Heidi Hoover     Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek   Brooklyn NY

Rabbi David Horowitz     Temple Israel, Akron, OH – rabbi emeritus   Akron OH

Rabbi Carla Howard     Jewish Healing Center Los Angeles   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Jocee Hudson     Temple Israel of Hollywood   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Mark Hurvitz     davka.org   New York NY

Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin     Temple Beth Israel   Eugene OR

Rabbi Naomi Hyman     OHALAH: The Association for Jewish Renewal Rabbis   Easton MD

Rabbi Ivan Ickovits     Metivta   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi T’mimah Ickovits     Holistic Jew   Santa Monica CA

Rabbi David Ingber     Romemu, NYC   New York NY

Rabbi Shaya Isenberg     Aleph   Gainesville FL

Rabbi Debbie Israel     Congregation Emeth   Watsonville CA

Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde     ZMANIM   sebastopol CA

Rabbi Joshua Jacobs-Velde     ZMANIM   Sebastopol CA

Rabbi Burt Jacobson     Renewal   El Sobrante CA

Rabbi Devorah Jacobson     Jewish Geriatric Services   Amherst MA

Rabbi Beth Janus     JFCS   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Rachel Joseph     Congregation Beth Israel   Portland OR

Rabbi Raachel Jurovics     Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community   Raleigh NC

Rabbi Bruce Kadden     Temple Beth El   Tacoma WA

Rabbi David Kaiman     Congregation Bnai Israel Gainesville Florida   Gainesville FL

Rabbi Beth Kalisch     Beth David Reform Congregation, Gladwyne PA   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi shamai kanter     Congr. Beth El (Ret.)   canandaigua NY

Rabbi Molly Karp     Temple Beth El, Oneonta NY   New City NY

Rabbi Peter Kasdan     temple Emanuel-El of West Essex   Longboat Key FL

Rabbi Nancy Kasten     None   Dallas TX

Rabbi Sandra Katz     Jewish Senior Life   Rochester NY

Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum     Congregation B’nai Harim of the Poconos   Pocono Pines PA

Rabbi Stanley Kessler     BethEl Temple/Emeritus/ W.Htfd CT   W Hartford CT

Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman     Beth Jacob Congregation   Mendota Heights MN

Rabbi Daniel Kirzane     Beth Haverim Shir Shalom   Bronx NY

Rabbi Jonathan Klein     CLUE: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Lori Klein     Chadeish Yameinu   Capitola CA

Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein     Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA IPL)   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Richard Klein     Temple Emanu-El   Sarasota FL

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum     Congregation Beit Simchat Torah   NYC NY

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum     Congregation Beit Simchat Torah   New York NY

Rabbi Jonathan Kligler     Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation   Woodstock NY

Rabbi David L Kline     Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn   Brooklyn NY

Rabbi Tracy Klirs     Temple Israel, Charlotte, NC   Charlotte NC

Rabbi Myriam Klotz     HUC-JIR/NY   Bala Cynwyd PA

Rabbi Peter Knobel     Central Conference of American Rabbis, former president   Evanston IL

Rabbi Janeen Kobrinsky     Temple Beth El, Fargo ND   Fargo ND ND

Rabbi Debra Kolodny     Nehirim   Portland OR

Rabbi Riqi Kosovske     Beit Ahavah – Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton   Florence MA

Rabbi Michael L. Kramer     Reform   Hockessin DE

Rabbi Matthew Kraus     University of Cincinnati Department of Judaic Studies   Cincinnati OH

Rabbi Joshua Kullock     West End Synagogue   Nashville TN

Rabbi Alan Lachtman     Temple Beth David   Pasadena CA

Rabbi Howard Laibson     Congregation Shir Chadash, Lakewood, CA   Seal Beach CA

Rabbi Hannah Laner     Jewish Renewal   Nederland CO

Rabbi Michael Adam Latz     Shir Tikvah Congregation   Minneapolis MN

Rabbi Marty Lawson     Temple Emanu-El, San Diego, CA   San Diego CA

Rabbi Anson Laytner     Seattle University   Seattle WA

Rabbi Darby Leigh     Kerem Shalom   Montclair NJ

Rabbi Shoshana Leis     Congregation Har Shalom   Ft Collins CO

Rabbi Michael Lerner     Tikkun: A Jewish and Interfaith Critique of Politics, Culture and Society   Berkeley CA

Rabbi Joshua Lesser     5 Krog St NE   Atlanta GA

Rabbi Peter Levi     Temple Beth El of South Orange County   aliso viejo CA

Rabbi Navah Levine     Temple Beth Abraham   Canton MA

Rabbi Robert Levine     Congregation Rodeph Sholom   New York NY

Rabbi Eyal Levinson     Not affiliated   Kfar Veradim Israel

Rabbi Chai Levy     Congregation Kol Shofar   Tiburon CA

Rabbi Jerry Levy     Congregation Etz Chaim   Pompano Beach FL

Rabbi Richard Levy     Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion   Encino CA

Rabbi Stan Levy     B’nai Horin-Children of Freedom   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Sue E. Levy     retired   Houston TX

Rabbi Yael Levy     Mishkan Shalom   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Sheldon Lewis     Congregation Kol Emeth   Palo Alto CA

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling     Social Justice Organizing Program of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Rebecca Lillian     √ñresundslimmud   Malm√∂ Sweden

Rabbi John Linder     Temple Solel   Phoenix AZ

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann     Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives   Brooklyn NY

Rabbi navah-tehila Livingstone     Liberal Jewish community Utrecht   utrecht Netherlands

Rabbi Neal Joseph Loevinger     Conservative   Poughkeepsie NY

Rabbi Andrea London     Beth Emet The Free Synagogue   Evanston IL

Rabbi Alan Londy     The New Reform Temple   Kansas City MO

Rabbi Michael Lotker     Jewish Federation of Ventura County   Camarillo CA

Rabbi Brian Lurie     NIF   Ross CA

Rabbi Jack Luxemburg     Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD   NORTH POTOMAC MD

Rabbi Devorah Lynn     CCAR   Washington, DC DC

Rabbi Jonathan Malino     Beth David Synagogue   Greensboro NC

Rabbi Nina Mandel     Congregation Beth El-Sunbury   Selinsgrove PA

Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg     Ohef Sholom Temple   Norfolk VA

Rabbi Natan Margalit     Organic Torah   Newtonville MA

Rabbi Shana Margolin     Beth Jacob Synagogue (member)   Montpelier VT

Rabbi Marc Margolius     West End Synagogue   New York NY

Rabbi Jessica Marshall     Temple Beth Or   Everett WA

Rabbi Nathan Martin     RRC   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Emily Mathis     Temple Beth Shalom   West Newton MA

Rabbi Monique Mayer     Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation   Port Talbot United Kingdom

Rabbi Ariel Mayse     Beit Midrash Har’el   Jerusalem Israel

Rabbi Michele Medwin     Temple Sholom   Binghamton NY

Rabbi Janice Mehring     Congregation Ohr Tzafon   Atascadero CA

Rabbi Sara Meirowitz     Gann Academy   Waltham MA

Rabbi Scott Meltzer     Ohr Shalom Synagogue   San Diego CA

Rabbi Richard Messing     Retired- emeritus Temple Kol Tikvah, Sharon, MA   Stoughton MA

Rabbi Abby Michaleski     Temple Beth El of Hammonton   Sicklerville NJ

Rabbi Laurence Milder     Congregation Beth Emek   Pleasanton CA

Rabbi Diana Miller     Kehilat HaNahar   Lambertville NJ

Rabbi Joshua Minkin     Temple Emanu-El of Canarsie   Brooklyn NY

Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh     Temple Israel of Hollywood   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Malka Mittelman     Skirball Hospice and B’nei Mishkan   La Crescenta CA

Rabbi Avram Mlotek     Base Hillel   New York NY

Rabbi Lee Moore     Hillel at Kent State   Kent OH

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz     Temple Sholom   Vancouver Canada

Rabbi Linda Motzkin     Temple Sinai   Gansevoort NY

Rabbi Robin Nafshi     Temple Beth Jacob   Concord NH

Rabbi Dina Najman     The Kehilah of Riverdale   Bronx NY

Rabbi Fred Natkin     Mateh Chaim; Palm Bay FL   Boynton Beach FL

Rabbi Yonatan Neril     Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development   Jerusalem Israel

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman     Finchley Reform Synagogue   London United Kingdom

Rabbi Dev Noily     Kehilla Community Synagogue   Oakland CA

Rabbi michael oppenheimer     Suburban Temple- Kol Ami, Emanuel Jacob Congregation   aurora OH

Rabbi Robert Orkand     Temple Israel, Westport, CT   Natick MA

Rabbi Jordan Ottenstein     Beth-El Congregation   Fort Worth TX

Rabbi Laura Owens     B’nai Horin, Children of Freedom   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Barbara Penzner     Temple Hillel B’nai Torah   West Roxbury MA

Rabbi Nina Perlmutter     Heichal Baoranim (Temple in the Pines)   Chino Valley AZ

Rabbi Anne Persin     Temple Beth-El, Dubuque, Iowa   Highland Park IL

Rabbi Marcia Plumb     Congregation Mishkan Tefila   Needham MA

Rabbi Linda Potemken     Congregation Beth Israel of Media   Wynnewood PA

Rabbi Janise Poticha     Temple Sinai   New York NY

Rabbi Marcia Prager     ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal; P’nai Or Congregation of Philadelphia   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Sally Priesand     Monmouth Reform Temple   Ocean Township NJ

Rabbi Irit Printz     A World Without Bullying   Toronto Canada

Rabbi Arnold Rachlis     University Synagogue   Irvine CA

Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky     Watering the Tree Outside the Fence Foundation, Society of the Vav   Beaufort SC

Rabbi Jonah Rank     Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan   Syosset NY

Rabbi Perry Rank     Midway Jewish Center   Syosset NY

Rabbi Larry Raphael     Congregation Sherith Israel   San Francisco CA

Rabbi Rayzel Raphael     Temple Israel of Leighton   Melrose Park PA

Rabbi Joshua Ratner     JCRC of New Haven   New Haven CT

Rabbi Frederick Reeves     KAM Isaiah Israel   Chicago IL

Rabbi Victor Reinstein     Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue   Boston MA

Rabbi Shayna Rhodes     Hebrew College Rabbinical School   Newton MA

Rabbi Dorothy Richman     1   Berkeley CA

Rabbi Moti Rieber     Kansas IPL/Lawrence (KS) Community Congregation   Wichita KS

Rabbi Stephen M Robbins     Academy for Jewish Religion/California,  Congregation, N’vay Shalom   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Rochelle Robins     The Academy for Jewish Religion, California   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Norman Roman     Temple Kol Ami   West Bloomfield MI

Rabbi Joshua Rose     Congregation Shaarie Torah   Portland OR

Rabbi Brant Rosen     Jewish Voice for Peace   Evanston IL

Rabbi Stanley M. Rosenbaum     Sons of Jacob Synagogue   Waterloo IA

Rabbi Jason Rosenberg     Congregation Beth Am   Tampa FL

Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom     Distinguished Service Rabbi, Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park, PA   Elkins Park PA

Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld     Congregation Albert   Albuquerque NM

Rabbi Jessica Rosenthal     Reform   Prescott AZ

Rabbi John Rosove     Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles   Sherman Oaks CA

Rabbi Roger Ross     The new Synagogue (NYC)   Elmsford NY

Rabbi Jeff Roth     Awakened Heart Project   New Paltz NY

Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein     Temple Sinai   Gansevoort NY

Rabbi Sarah Rubin     Reconstructionist   Seattle WA

Rabbi Jared Saks     Congregation Bet Ha’am   Portland ME

Rabbi Rick Schechter     Temple Sinai of Glendale   Glendale CA

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb     Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation; COEJL   Washington DC

Rabbi Howie Schneider     Chadeish Yameinu   Aptos CA

Rabbi Randy Schoch     Cong. Sha’are Shalom (Reform)   Oxon Hill, MD 20745 MD

Rabbi Gary Schoenberg     Gesher‚ÄîA Bridge Home   Portland OR

Rabbi Avi Schulman     Temple Beth Torah   Fremont CA

Rabbi Fred Schwalb     Hebrew Congregation of Somers, NY   Croton On Hudson NY

Rabbi Arthur Schwartz     Retired   Huntington NY

Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz     Temple Bnai Israel   Willimantic CT

Rabbi Sid Schwarz     Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership   Rockville MD

Rabbi Allen Secher     Retired   Whitefish MT

Rabbi Arthur Segal     Jewish Spiritual Renewal of the Lowcountry   Hilton Head SC

Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg     neohasid.org   Northampton MA

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller     UCLA Hillel   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Elyse Seidner-Joseph     Makom Kadosh   West Chester PA

Rabbi Erica Sekuler Lebovitz     Conservative   Livingston NJ

Rabbi Gerald Serotta     Shirat HaNefesh   Chevy Chase MD

Rabbi Isaac Serotta     Lakeside Congregation   Highland Park IL

Rabbi Drorah Setel     Kehillah   Buffalo NY

Rabbi Mark Shapiro     Sinai Temple   Longmeadow MA

Rabbi Rick Shapiro     Congregation Beth Torah   Overland Park KS

Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman     Congregation Kehillah   Scottsdale AZ

Rabbi Randy Sheinberg     Temple Tikvah   New Hyde Park NY

Rabbi Aaron Sherman     Beth Israel Congregation, Florence, SC   Charleston SC

Rabbi David Shneyer     Kehila Chadasha and Am Kolel Renewal Community   Rockville MD

Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn     Congregation Tehillah   Bronx NY

Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner     (as of July 1) Temple Beth Tikvah   (as of July 1) Roswell GA

Rabbi Judith Siegal     Temple Judea   Coral Gables FL

Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel     B’nai Or of Boston   Needham MA

Rabbi Ariana Silverman     Central Conference of American Rabbis   Detroit MI

Rabbi Daniel Silverstein     n/a   Bronx NY

Rabbi Suzanne Singer     Riverside Temple Beth El   Riverside CA

Rabbi Jonathan Slater     Institute for Jewish Spirituality   Hastings on Hudson NY

Rabbi Rachel Smookler     Temple Beth David   Rochester NY

Rabbi Mark Sobel     Temple Beth Emet   West Hills CA

Rabbi Ruth Sohn     HUC-JIR, Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Scott Sokol     Temple Emanuel of Marlborough   Marlborough MA

Rabbi Eric Solomon     Beth Meyer Synagogue   Raleigh NC

Rabbi Marc Soloway     Congregation Bonai Shalom   Boulder CO

Rabbi Robin Sparr     Temple Emanuel   Natick MA

Rabbi Wendy Spears     Congregation Or Ami / RabbiWendy.com   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Toba Spitzer     Congregation Dorshei Tzedek   Waltham MA

Rabbi ed Stafman     OHALAH President   Bozeman MT

Rabbi Mark Staitman     Retired   Pittsburgh PA

Rabbi Cy Stanway     44 Lambert Johnson Drive   Ocean NJ

Rabbi Daniel Stein     Bnai Abraham Synagogue   Easton PA

Rabbi Howard Stein     Temple Hadar Israel   Pittsburgh PA

Rabbi Margot Stein     RRC   Bala Cynwyd PA

Rabbi Naomi Steinberg     Temple Beth El   Carlotta CA

Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill     Ohr Shekinah   Richmond CA

Rabbi Ron Stern     Stephen Wise Temple   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman     Aleph   Housatonic MA

Rabbi Debbie Stiel     Temple Beth Shlom   Topeka KS

Rabbi Michael Strassfeld     Society for the Advancement of Judaism   NY NY

Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn     Temple Emanuel of Winston-Salem, NC   Winston-Salem NC

Rabbi Joshua Strom     Temple Shaaray Tefila   New York NY

Rabbi Alana Suskin     Americans for Peace Now   Washington DC

Rabbi Brooks Susman     Congregation Kol Am of Freehold   Freehold NJ

Rabbi Louis Sutker     Or Shalom   Vancouver Canada

Rabbi Daniel Swartz     Interfaith Power & Light

Rabbi Larry Tabick     Shir Hayim/Hampstead Reform Jewish Community   London United Kingdom

Rabbi Susan Talve     Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis   St. Louis MO

Rabbi Elliott Tepperman     Bnai Keshet   Montclair NJ

Rabbi David Teutsch     Reconstructionist Rabbinical College   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Barbara Shulamit Thiede     Temple Or Olam   Concord NC

Rabbi Karen Thomashow     Isaac M. Wise Temple   Cincinnati OH

Rabbi Debbi Till     Reform   Rochester NY

Rabbi Rachel Timoner     Leo Baeck Temple   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Daniel Treiser     Temple B’nai Israel   Clearwater FL

Rabbi Lawrence Troster     Shomrei Breishit   Teaneck NJ

Rabbi Moshe Waldoks     independent congregation Temple Beth Zion   Newton MA

Rabbi Brian Walt     Tikkun v’Or, Ithaca, New York   West Tisbury MA

Rabbi Susan Warshaw     Temple Bat Yam   Alexandria VA

Rabbi Arthur Waskow     The Shalom  Center   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Julia Watts Belser     n/a   Arlington VA

Rabbi Seth Wax     Congregation Mount Sinai   New York NY

Rabbi Deborah Waxman     Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, President   Wyncote PA

Rabbi Joshua Waxman     Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregatioh   Fort Washington PA

Rabbi Donald Weber     Temple Rodeph Torah   Morganville NJ

Rabbi Ezra Weinberg     YM&YWHA of Washington Heights   New York NY

Rabbi Sheila Weinberg     Institute for Jewish Spirituality   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Cheryl Weiner     Community Rabbi/Chaplain   Hollywood FL

Rabbi Daniel Weinr     Temple De Hirsch Sinai   Seattle WA

Rabbi Samuel Weintraub     Kane Street Syngogue   Brooklyn NY

Rabbi Stephen Weisman     Temple Solel   Bowie MD

Rabbi Cory Weiss     Temple Har Zion   Thornhill Canada

Rabbi Judy Weiss     Citizens’ Climate Lobby (volunteer)   Brookline MA

Rabbi Max Weiss     Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion   Oak Park IL

Rabbi Rachel Weiss     Congregation Beit Simchat Torah   BROOKLYN NY

Rabbi Shifra Weiss-Penzias     Temple Beth El   Santa Cruz CA

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg     New North London Synagogue   London United Kingdom

Rabbi Joseph Wolf     Havurah Shalom, Portland, Oregon   Portland OR

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz     Uri L’Tzedek, Orthodox Social Justice   Scottsdale AZ

Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers     Movement for Reform Judaism UK   BOREHAMWOOD United Kingdom

Rabbi Sara Zacharia     post-denominational   Brooklyn NY

Rabbi Joel Zaiman     rabbi emeritus Chizuk Amuno, Baltimore   Baltimore MD

Rabbi David Zaslow     Havurah Shir Hadash, Jewish Renewal   Ashland OR

Rabbi Michael Zedek     Emanuel Congregation   Chicago IL

Rabbi Adam Zeff     Germantown Jewish Centre   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Tali Zelkowicz     Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion   Los Angeles CA

Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh     Temple B’nai Israel, Kalamazoo MI   Parchment MI

Rabbi Shawn & Simcha Zevit     Mishkan Shalom   Philadelphia PA

Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman     Temple Israel   Minneapolis MN

Rabbi Rain Zohav     Interfaith Family Project of Washington, DC   Rockville MD

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