Limmud is a Jewish conference that takes place annually in many cities around the world. The Jewish Climate Action Network was formed five years ago after a conversation among some climate activists at LimmudBoston, and we have returned year after year to present sessions and reach out to Jewish participants.
This year we led the well-attended session "How Can Jewish History Inform Our Response to Climate Change?" and another session titled "Earth Etudes for Elul: Spiritual Reflections for the Season" based on the book edited by JCAN president pro tem, Rabbi Katy Allen. (Each year during the month of Elul, you can see new etudes at the Ma'yan Tikvah site. These sessions dealt with the intellectual and spiritual anxieties provoked by climate change, as well as suggesting effective responses.
LimmudBoston also presented at least two other sessions related to the climate: "Derech Eretz: Care for the Earth by Minimizing Your Carbon" and "What's Jewish about Veg?"
JCAN conducted productive conversations with other attendees throughout the day, particularly Jewish Veg, and signed up 25 new people for our mailing lists.