Speakers offer expertise, guidance, and inspiration and are available for conferences or other events. Contact jewishclimateaction@gmail.com to arrange for the speaker to come to your synagogue or setting.

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Rabbi Katy Z. Allen

Location: Wayland, MA
Affiliations: Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope; Jewish Climate Action Network; One Earth Collaborative
Expertise: Teaching about Judaism and the environment; leading groups dealing with grief and hope; leading spiritual nature walks; leading JCAN; interfaith climate work
Program or support offered: Teaching about Judaism and the environment; leading groups dealing with grief and hope; leading spiritual nature walks
Pronouns: She/her


Fred Davis

Location: Medfield, MA
President of Fred Davis Corporation, energy-efficient lighting products wholesaler (since 1986). Author of occasional e-newsletter, The Lightening Volt. Fellow in Hebrew College's Leaders in Adult Learning. Leader, teacher, facilitator in synagogue adult education. Curator for Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) conference, Building Energy. Previous: Boards of NESEA, local and national Boards of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Co-Chair of JCRC Energy Committee, President of Urban Solar Energy Association, President of Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.

Expertise: Professionally engaged since 1978 in the energy field: deeply in energy-efficient lighting, broadly in energy conservation and renewables.

Program or support offered: Fact-based, Jewish-text-inspired presentations and workshops encouraging and empowering congregants to radically reduce carbon footprints in stages.

Pronouns: He/him


David Schreiber

Location: Waltham, MA

Affiliations: Temple Shir Tikvah of Winchester, Jewish Climate Action Network, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, J Street, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Expertise: Socially responsible investing and fossil fuel divestment and financial planning.

Pronouns: He/him


JCAN Workshops

Shabbat for the Earth on Any Day

Workshop Coordinator: Rabbi Katy Allen

Bring Shabbat for the Earth to your synagogue any day of the week. Options range from a single d'var Torah to nature-themed guided meditations, Torah study with a focus on the Earth, Jewish nature walks and other outdoor experiences, sessions for exploring emotional and spiritual responses to climate change, an exploration through various kinds of texts of our connection to the Earth, and facilitated discussions of how to increase synagogue response to climate change.

Rabbi Katy Allen is the co-founder and President pro-tem of the Jewish Climate Action Network and a board certified chaplain with 10 years of hospital chaplaincy experience. She serves as an eco-chaplain and the facilitator of One Earth Collaborative, a program of Open Spirit, Framingham, and as a hospice chaplain. She is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds services outdoors, and she writes about matters of Torah and Earth. She is a former science teacher and received ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion in 2005. You can learn more about her programs at .

Cost: contact Rabbi Katy Allen.


What's Your Carbon Footprint: Stories for Our Lives

Workshop Coordinator: Thea Iberall

Life in the future will be one where energy use is more limited than in the past. How will it affect you, your loved ones, and your community? In this interactive workshop, you will explore understanding how climate change will affect your life, do some exercises to open your heart, and have the opportunity to draft a story/poem about your relationship to nature. Guidance is provided for non-writers.

Dr. Thea Iberall has taught writing since 2005. An inductee into the International Educators Hall of Fame, Iberall has had over 50 poems published in anthologies and journals including in Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. Her book of poems, The Sanctuary of Artemis, bridges science and the arts, the heart and the mind. In her novel, The Swallow and the Nightingale, a scientist goes head-to-head with an Orthodox Rabbi about the moral issue of today. Author of three scientific textbooks and a semi-finalist in the 2014 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook contest, Iberall gives climate change workshops and studied Method Writing with Jack Grapes.


Using Our Forks to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

Workshop leader: Judith Mabel

Our food choices impact our health and our local environment, and also have global impact in connection to climate change. What foods are best bought organic? What’s the importance of miles travelled in food choices? In this workshop you will out how to reduce your carbon footprint with your eating habits.

Judith Mabel is a nutritionist and biochemist, with degrees from Cornell University, Harvard University, and Boston University who has authored over 20 scientific papers. She blends traditional and complementary techniques in her private practice in Brookline, evaluating and educating her clients so that they can take an active part in their health and fitness. She specializes in Functional Medicine, digestive issues and food sensitivities.


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