Mobilizing communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints.
“See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do,
there will be no one else to repair it." - Midrash Kohelet Rabbah, 1 on Ecclesiastes 7:13
The Jewish Climate Action Network works through education, activism, and organizing to add an urgent and visionary Jewish voice to the climate crisis. JCAN has nodes in Massachusetts, New York City, and the greater DC area. This website focuses on JCAN Massachusetts.
Find out how to get involved.
JCAN supports and joins the
Boston Climate Strike
September 20, 2019!
The Strike will occur in Boston and other cities and towns worldwide, and will begin a week of climate events and activities, through the 27th. These are organized by a network of youth activists who have been striking weekly in Europe and elsewhere under the banner of Fridays for Future.
The strikes were begun a year ago by Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg, who skipped high school classes every Friday to sit alone on the steps of the Swedish Parliament. Her lonely but powerful statement has developed into a global youth movement of local, state, & national groups, supported by JCAN & many other organizations.
The world’s youth are understandably and rightly disappointed, frustrated, even angered by the apparent disinterest or inability of adult “leaders” to address meaningfully the looming crisis of climate change, which threatens the livability of Earth’s environment in the decades ahead.
The young organizers ask that we adults support their events, support our own children who participate, and also leave our own jobs on September 20 to join the rallies. Finally, they want us to apply political pressure on our elected political leaders, as well as religious, corporate, educational, and media leaders, who are in a position to actually change laws, regulations, and practices that are needed to address the climate crisis.
Why JCAN? Why we Jews? Why you?
Dealing with the human existential crisis of global climate change is our ultimate task of Tikkun Olam, repairing of the world, for which we are all responsible. If we cannot slow climate change, limit its eventual scope, and preserve the livability of this Earth for generations to come, then nothing else matters.
Boston-area leadership meetings
JCAN team meetings are held approximately twice a month in the Boston area and are open to all. To learn of upcoming meetings and other events, join our low-volume email list. You are always encouraged to approach us with ideas for participation, even if you cannot make it to eam meetings.
Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7:00pm. Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street Brookline, MA. Dinner before around 5:30 at Zaftig's, 335 Harvard St, Brookline, MA
Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 5:30pm. Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St. West Newton, MA 02465. Bring your dinner and join us in Rm 103.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend.