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.
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum's Rosh Hashanah Sermon, entitled "Let Oneness Reign: A Sermon on Interconnectedness" is available to listen to or read.
This week, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Labor Day weekend is now in the rearview mirror! Time has moved very strangely for me during this pandemic period, but still, it has continued ticking forward, and we now find ourselves less than two weeks out from Rosh Hashanah. We prepare ourselves to conclude one cycle and to begin a new one, uncertain about what the new year will bring, but also with a sense of hope.
This week, Parashat Ki Tavo opens with a famous sequence. The Israelites are told that when they will enter into the land, possess it and settle in it, they shall gather the first fruits of the soil, put them in a basket, bring them to a priest, and make two declarations. The first declaration is an acknowledgement that this is the land that God promised to their ancestors. The second, longer declaration is an abridged telling of all of Israelite history in a few verses, beginning with the words "Arami oved avi...":