New England Grassroots Environment Fund backs JCAN

The Jewish Climate Action Network received a generous seed grant this month from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) , which will be used to help fund an upcoming Boston-area JCAN conference and for other educational activities benefitting our followers in the Boston area and around New England.

The award reflects JCAN's success in reaching out to various communities, particularly in Massachusetts, and the growing awareness throughout the Jewish community that we need to address the urgent onslaught of climate disruption.

The Task is Great; the Time is Short, our second conference on the climate--the only such conference in the Jewish community--will bring together a range of Jewish, social justice, and energy-related themes for Rabbis, educators, synagogue leaders, youth activists, and anyone concerned with these crucial issues of our time. The conference takes place on Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1:00-7:30 at Temple Reyim in Newton in partnership with the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, Beantown Jewish Food Gardens, and LimmudBoston.

Indicate your interest in the conference by sending us a message.

JCAN now has 65 synagogues participating in energy saving efforts. Through the Boston chapter's efforts at the 2017 biennial conference of the Union for Reform Judaism, our collaboration with the Higher Ground Initiative and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, and attendance at numerous conferences, rallies, and events, we have personal ties with leading Jewish institutions that amplify the reach of our teachings. The potential is vast for coordinated sharing of insights, lessons learned, carbon-reduction strategies, improved collective consumption habits, and galvanized advocacy to policymakers and the commercial sector. Our Solar for Synagogues webinar has helped double the number of synagogues in Massachusetts that are going solar.

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The mission of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund is "to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities. The Fund uses stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change." JCAN's Boston chapter intends to maximize the reach of its grant, which is "To support JCAN programming and outreach through their conference and webinars." In addition to our local outreach, we have scheduled webinars, available worldwide, on solar conversion for synagogues, removing investments from fossil fuel companies, and handling the spiritual stresses of the impact of climate change.