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Supplemental Sources for June: Judaism and the Environment

Lo-Watt Shabbat: https://ritualwell.org/ritual/lo-watt-shabbat 
Shabbat is a time when, once a week, we are asked to slow down and remind ourselves that we are part of God's creation. This holy day emphasizes the importance of appreciating nature and taking conscious actions to protect the environment. It is especially appropriate to think about the sources of the products we use. As we understand where our water, food, and electricity come from, we can make better decisions in how we use and preserve these resources that allow us to live.

Francis de los Reyes: Sanitation is a basic human right
https://www.ted.com/talks/francis_de_los_reyes_sanitation_is_a_basic_human_right 
Warning: This talk might contain much more than you'd ever want to know about the way the world poops. But as sanitation activist (and TED Fellow) Francis de los Reyes asks — doesn't everyone deserve a safe place to go? 

Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City Trash 
https://www.ted.com/talks/robin_nagle_what_i_discovered_in_new_york_city_trash 
New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation. She walked the routes, operated mechanical brooms, even drove a garbage truck herself—all so she could answer a simple-sounding but complicated question: Who cleans up after us?

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
https://hazon.org/isabella-freedman/ 
Throughout the year, we offer Jewish holiday experiences, workshops, festivals, farm vacations, retreats, yoga classes, prayer services, and farm-to-table kosher meals. Isabella is the home of Hazon one of the premier Jewish organization dedicated to creating healthier and more sustainable societies throughout the world. 

Supplemental Articles:
GZA Environmental Challenges
Supplemental Article: GZA Environmental Successes
Supplemental Article: Is It Jewish to be Green?
Supplemental Article: Jewish Ethics and the Environment
Supplemental Article: Shabbat Texts
Supplemental Article: Ten Jewish Teachings on Judaism and Environmentalism
Supplemental Article: Why Is Greening Jewish?

Sunday, May 28 2017 3 Sivan 5777