Pearlstone Center, in partnership with Hazon and Interfaith Power and Light, will host a Jewish Advocacy Day for the Environment (JADE) May 8, 2018

Be part of a strategy session with with leaders from Jewish groups, environmental and hunger-relief groups, legislators, and policy experts to discuss how we can more decisively bring the Jewish voice to critical policy debates on food and hunger, the environment and the climate. The outcome will be twofold:

  1. Identify a short list of critical causes most important to the Jewish community shared by the environmental and hunger-relief communities.
  2. Develop ways for these groups to work in closer coordination, augmenting the respective goals of the each group.

Background

The Jewish community cares deeply about issues of food and hunger, and the environment.  While the Jewish community makes up less than 2% of the U.S. population, approximately 80-85% of Jews vote in national elections.  Jews care deeply, and they vote. However, unlike Catholics, Jews do not have a single leader who speaks on behalf of the community – rather, it is closer to the opposite, where millions of Jews each raise their voices alone or in small groups.

There are existing efforts by groups to speak on behalf of the Jewish community, including the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism on social justice, Hazon on sustainability, Mazon on hunger, Jewish Climate Action Network on climate, and dozens of community centers and retreat centers, like Pearlstone, who also advocate on similar topics.

With major efforts underway in 2018 on food, hunger and conservation in the Farm Bill, and with climate change issues, including Governor Jerry Brown’s Climate Summit, the time is ripe for the Jewish community to make our values heard in these upcoming debates.

There are national environmental and conservation organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense Fund and national hunger relief organizations like Feeding America that operate offices in Washington, DC and closely monitor activities in Congress and at the Federal agencies.  These groups can help inform the Jewish community of issues that are important to our faith, and can provide opportunities to lend our voices to the cause and help these national organizations accomplish their goals of a healthier and more sustainable environment for all.  At the same time, we can inform these groups of the issues that are core Jewish beliefs to help them align their efforts with these values.

Agenda

Pearlstone Center will host the strategy session on May 8th in Reisterstown, Maryland.

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM  Lunch and introductions

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  Facilitated discussion

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM  Optional walk/tour of Pearlstone

Register

Attendance is free and registration required. Please R.S.V.P. and direct questions to Joan Plisko, Community Sustainability Director,  Pearlstone Center by May 1, 2018: jplisko@pearlstonecenter.org

Questions? Contact Joan Plisko