Jewish Communities Support People’s Climate Shabbat

Join Jewish communities in support of the People’s Climate March, on Saturday April 29th, 3 Iyyar 5777, the 18th day of the Omer.

As our communities begin our journey through the Omer, from Pesach to Shavuot, and from freedom to responsibility, join us to speak out for a world safe from the ravages of climate change – a world with good jobs, clean air, and safe communities for everyone.

Want to register your Jewish community to participate, either by marching or at home? Sign up here!


People’s Climate March

Some of us will march together in DC that day, as part of a strong faith contingent, alongside justice groups and environmental organizations, in the People’s Climate March:

Join the Facebook event
Download handouts for engaging your Jewish community in the march.
– Download bulletin inserts designed to be distributed by congregations within driving distance of DC on Earth Day weekend services:
– Stay tuned for more information about Jewish participation in the faith contingent at the march.
– Coming from out of town? Need walkable Shabbat accommodations? Sign up for hospitality.
– For ride information, we’ll link to the bus information compiled at as soon as it is available.


Support Jewish Climate Organizing for 4/29 … and beyond!

Will you help build the Jewish climate movement by:
making a tax-deductible donation to support our work or by
donating your stocks or mutual funds that are invested in fossil fuels?


Jewish People’s Climate Events in DC and Maryland

Pearlstone Jewish Climate Advocacy Days
Wednesday, April 26–Thursday, April 27
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown MD
Includes lobby meetings on Capitol Hill in DC, in collaboration with Interfaith Power & Light affiliates

Climate Action Shabbat Services, Dinner, Panel
Friday, April 28th at 6 pm
Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St NW DC [Cleveland Park Metro]
Pre-registration and payment for dinner required. Organized by Adas Israel Climate Action Team & Interfaith Power & Light DMV.

Post-Climate March Open House and Optional Dinner
Saturday, April 29th, 4-7 pm
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW [Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro]
After a long day of marching, come back to Sixth & I for some food, drink, singing, and great conversation. Take a load off and debrief experiences at the day’s Climate March during seudat shlishit, the traditional Shabbat third meal. Register here.

Marchers are also welcome to attend Shabbat services at the following congregations:

Adat Shalom, 8:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat services
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 6:00 pm Cocktail Hour, 6:45 pm Shabbat services, 8:00 pm Dinner Register here.
600 I St NW [Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro]

Tikkun Leil Shabbat, 6:45 pm services, 8:15ish pm Potluck Vegetarian Dinner
15th St. Presbyterian building, 1701 15th St NW [Red line: Dupont Circle; Green/Yellow lines: U Street Metro]


Solidarity Activities

Others of us will stand in solidarity with the marchers by raising up climate justice where we are, delighting in a People’s Climate Shabbat that proclaims the goodness of all Creation and affirms our responsibility to till and to guard it.

People’s Climate Shabbat resource packet

Resources for connecting the parsha and the omer to climate action
Canfei Nesharim’s divrei torah on Tazria and Metzorah
Hazon’s reflections on Omer Week Two from Rabbi Brent Spodek, Rabbi Zac Kamenetz
Prayer for the Earth, by Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

Resources for raising up climate justice on Shabbat in Jewish communities
Prayer as if the Earth Really Matters, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Slowing Down: Shabbat and Environmental Awareness from Canfei Nesharim
Praying for a Sustainable World, from Canfei Nesharim
From Torah Aura, for grades 7 and 8: A Jewish Response to Climate Change
From the Shalom Center, for teens: Elijah’s Covenant Climate Change Curriculum
Recording of a webinar for Jewish clergy on talking about climate change in our congregations


Jewish organizations endorsing the People’s Climate Shabbat

(as of 4/29/2017)

The Adat Shalom Klezmer Workshop (Bethesda, MD)
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation (Bethesda, MD)
Am Kolel (Montgomery County, MD)
American Jewish World Service
Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community (Bethesda, MD)
Ansche Chesed (New York, NY)
Aytzim: Ecological Judaism (New York, NY)
Baltimore Jewish Green and Just Alliance (Baltimore, MD)
B’nai Jeshurun (New York, NY)
The Boston Synagogue (Boston, MA)
The City Congregation for Humanistic Secular Judiasm (New York, NY)
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
East Midwood Jewish Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition (New York, NY)
Hazon (New York, NY)
Hebrew Learning Circles (Nyack, NY)
Jewish Climate Action Network (Boston, MA)
Jewish Climate Action Network-NYC (New York City, NY)
The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (Orange County, CA)
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (New York, NY)
The Kehillah (Bronx, NY)
Kehila Chadasha (Bethesda, MD)
Mechon Hadar (New York, NY)
Moishe House Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY)
North American Climate,Conservation and Environment (Roosevelt, NY)
Pearlstone Center (Reisterstown, MD)
Philadelphia Jewish Voice (Phildelphia, PA)
Pico Union Project (Los Angeles, CA)
The Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore (Plandome, NY)
Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism
Repair the World NYC (New York, NY)
Riverdale Interfaith Group (Bronx, NY)
Rockdale Temple (Cincinnati, OH)
Shir Ha Yam (San Diego, CA)
Shir Tikvah (Minneapolis, MN)
Shomrei Olam, Jewish Environmental Advocates of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Temple Beth David (Westwood, MA)
Temple Beth-El (South Bend, IN)
Temple B’nai Abraham (Beverly, MA)
Temple Emanuel (Kensington, MD)
Temple Shalom (Chevy Chase, MD)
Temple Sinai of Massapequa (Massapequa, NY)
Temple Sinai (Washington, DC)
Temple Tikvah (New Hyde Park, NY)


Connect with Jewish People’s Climate March & Shabbat Organizing in Your Community


Local Jewish organizing efforts are underway in many communities.
Contact to be connected to these volunteers or to be added to this list:

California – Los Angeles: Steve Fox
California – San Francisco: Deborah Newbrun
California – Silicon Valley: Marianna Grossman
DC: Joelle Novey
Florida: Scott Lewis
Illinois – Chicago: Group in formation
Maryland – Baltimore: Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
Maryland – Bethesda: Howard Ungar
Maryland – Columbia: Daniel Kirk-Davidoff
Massachusetts – Boston: Rabbi Katy Z. Allen
Missouri – St. Louis: Fawn Chapel
New Jersey: Paul Kaufman
New York – Brooklyn: Murray Lantner
New York – Buffalo: Joseph Morris
New York – New York: Hody Nemes
New York – Riverdale: Marti Michael
New York – Westchester County: Marti Michael
Ohio: Group in formation
Oregon – Eugene: Rabbi Jacob Siegel
Pennsylvania – Philadelphia: Rabbi Nathan Martin, Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Pennsylvania – Westchester County: Rabbi Larry Troster