In Kavana’s recent community survey, over 90% of respondents said that they were concerned or very concerned about climate change.
In Kavana’s recent community survey, over 90% of respondents said that they were concerned or very concerned about climate change. Our community’s overwhelming concern is consonant with the sense of urgency felt throughout Seattle, the region, and beyond, as evidenced in the growth of popular movements to address the climate crisis. One such movement, the Seattle Green New Deal (SGND), is quickly advancing a bold new vision for eliminating Seattle’s climate pollution by 2030 while addressing inequalities and creating good green new jobs in the process. Spearheaded by 350 Seattle and Got Green, the SGND is already supported by the Seattle City Council, nearly 200 organizations, and 5000 individuals. The SGND is a concrete way to enact several core Jewish values, including: The Biblical mandate to humanity to serve as guardians of the earth (cf Genesis 2, Leviticus 25); The Jewish value placed on responsibility, especially in the Talmud’s painstaking concern with correctly assigning responsibility for damage to life, body, and property, and requiring restitution; The Jewish imperative to preserve life, perhaps most notably in the story of Noah.
At a recent board meeting, Kavana voted to endorse the Green New Deal for Seattle. To learn more about the campaign, and to add your name to the petition asking the City Council and the Mayor to act on climate, visit https://seattlegnd.org/. To help Kavana's efforts to advance this initiative, or if you are part of an organization that you think should also endorse this initiative, please contact Kavana partner Ingrid Elliott.
This week's Torah portion, Parashat Korach, features a dramatic rebellion. Korach, Datan, Aviram, and 250 additional Israelites band together to challenge Moses and Aaron's leadership.
This week's Torah portion, Shelach L'cha, opens with the story of twelve spies who are sent across the Jordan River, into the land, to bring back a scouting report about the land. Two come back with positive and optimistic reports; the other ten with pessimistic ones. It's not only the negative report of the ten scouts, though, but rather the response of the Israelite people that comes into focus in the text, eliciting God's ire and critique.