JEWISH CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK
JCAN was started in December of 2013 by Rabbi Katy Allen and Elie Gerzon who saw the need for a Jewish voice in response to the climate crisis. They wanted to bring together Jewish leaders and activists to explore resilience, solutions, and community response. The First Jewish Climate Action Conference was held at Hebrew College in 2015 and attracted 100 people. At the Second Jewish Climate Action Conference in 2019, held at Temple Reyim, 250 people attended. The goal was to explore surmounting challenges and mobilize communities to act. The Third Jewish Climate Action Conference in 2021 was online and it attracted 500. The 40 sessions focused on carbon reduction, advocacy, spiritual resilience, soil and agriculture, raised up the voices of youth, and addressed environmental justice. JCAN-MA puts on about 30-50 educational webinars and programs each year, free and accessible to all.
Mobilizing communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints. In this video, we share why we do this work and what it means to us.
The Jewish Climate Action Network works through education, activism, and organizing to add an urgent and visionary Jewish voice to the climate crisis. We have nodes in various states.