Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko Churchill | July 16, 2015

The Earth needs not only the joyful human voice but also the healing human hand

Leadership comes from all places….

I’ve shared Pope Francis’s Letter to the People of this Earth about the Environmental Crisis facing us all already on this Blog — and now I must share the letters of other people of Faith and Spirit that recognize the challenges we must address if we are to live and thrive on this beautiful Earth.

Encouraged by Pope Francis Papal Encyclical for the Environment, more than Three hundred and eighty US Rabbis, now call for Vigorous Climate Action and strong Ecological and Social Justice today.

How Cool is that.

Things are changing…

A decade before the Environmental Parliament brought together Leaders of Faith from all over the World in Istanbul to address this issue and the outpouring of support was remarkable with the Pope’s nuncio, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Patriarch Bartholomew, the chief Rabbi of Israel, and many other faith leaders who had vision and aw what is to come and also aspired to alert their brethren to the coming catastrophe…

Ten years later things are moving apace…

Because as of June 2015, more than 380 Rabbis in the United States of America, have signed a Rabbinic Letter based on the Torah that clearly brings Environmental and Climate Crisis Action to the faithful, by calling for vigorous participatory action, awareness of the human causation of this catastrophic problem, and the need for shifting habits and patterns of thought & action, in order to prevent worsening climate disruption and to seek ecological and social justice.

The text of the Rabbinic Letter and its signers follow here below.

The Rabbinical Letter was initiated by seven leading rabbis from a broad spectrum of American Jewish life: Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of the American Jewish University; 
Rabbi Arthur Green, rector of the Hebrew College rabbinical school; Rabbi Peter Knobel, former president, Central Conference of American Rabbis; Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.; Rabbi Susan Talve, spiritual leader of Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis; Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center; and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. They were joined by Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, a leader of the Orthodox community.

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The full text and the list of signatories follows.

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To the Jewish People, to all Communities of Spirit, and to the World:

A Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis

” We come as Jews and Rabbis with great respect for what Scientists teach us – for as we understand their teaching, it is about the unfolding mystery of God’s Presence in the unfolding universe, and especially in the history and future of our planet.

Although we accept scientific accounts of earth’s history, we continue to see it as God’s creation, and we celebrate the presence of the divine hand in every earthly creature.

Yet in our generation, this wonder and this beauty have been desecrated — not in one land alone but ‘round all the Earth. So in this crisis, even as we join all Earth in celebrating the Breath of Life that interweaves us all — –

— You sea-monsters and all deeps, Hallelu-Yah.

Fire, hail, snow, and steam, Hallelu-Yah.


Stormy wind to do God’s word, Hallelu-Yah.

Mountains high and tiny hills, Hallelu-Yah (Psalm 148)

We know all Earth needs not only the joyful human voice but also the healing human hand.

We are especially moved when the deepest, most ancient insights of Torah about healing the relationships of Earth and human earthlings, adamah and adam, are echoed in the findings of modern science.

The texts of Torah that perhaps most directly address our present crisis ar Leviticus 25-26 and Deuteronomy 15. They call for one year of every seven to be Shabbat Shabbaton – a Sabbatical Year – and Shmittah – a Year of restful Release for the Earth and its workers from being made to work, and of Release for debtors from their debts.

In Leviticus 26, the Torah warns us that if we refuse to let the Earth rest, it will “rest” anyway, despite us and upon us – through drought and famine and exile that turn an entire people into refugees.

This ancient warning heard by one indigenous people in one slender land has now become a crisis of our planet as a whole and of the entire human species. Human behavior that overworks the Earth – especially the overburning of fossil fuels — crests in a systemic planetary response that endangers human communities and many other life-forms as well.

Already we see unprecedented floods, droughts, ice-melts, snowstorms, heat waves, typhoons,

sea-level rises, and the expansion of disease-bearing insects from “tropical” zones into what used to be “temperate” regions. Leviticus 26 embodied. Scientific projections of the future make clear that even worse will happen if we continue with carbon-burning business as usual.

As Jews, we ask the question whether the sources of traditional Jewish wisdom can offer guidance to our political efforts to prevent disaster and heal our relationship with the Earth. Our first and most basic wisdom is expressed in the Sh’ma and is underlined in the teaching that through Shekhinah the Divine presence dwells within as well as beyond the world. The Unity of all means not only that all life is interwoven, but also that an aspect of God’s Self partakes in the interwovenness.

We acknowledge that for centuries, the attention of our people – driven into exile not only from our original land but made refugees from most lands thereafter so that they were bereft of physical or political connection and without any specific land – has turned away from this sense of interconnection of adam and adamah, toward the repair of social injustice. Because of this history, we were so much pre-occupied with our own survival that we could not turn attention to the deeper crisis of which our tradition had always been aware.

But justice and earthiness cannot be disentangled. This is taught by our ancient texts – teaching that every seventh year be a Year of Release, Shmittah, Shabbat Shabbaton, in which there would be not only one year’s release of Earth from overwork, but also one year’s sharing by all in society of the Earth’s freely growing abundance, and one year’s release of debtors from their debts.

Indeed, we are especially aware that this very year is, according to the ancient count, the Shmita Year.

The unity of justice and Earth-healing is also taught by our experience today: The worsening inequality of wealth, income, and political power has two direct impacts on the climate crisis. On the one hand, great Carbon Corporations not only make their enormous profits from wounding the Earth, but then use these profits to purchase elections and to fund fake science to prevent the public from acting to heal the wounds. On the other hand, the poor in America and around the globe are the first and the worst to suffer from the typhoons, floods, droughts, and diseases brought on by climate chaos.

So we call for a new sense of eco-social justice – a tikkun olam that includes tikkun tevel, the healing of our planet. We urge those who have been focusing on social justice to address the climate crisis, and those who have been focusing on the climate crisis to address social justice.

Though as rabbis we are drawing on the specific practices by which our Torah makes eco-social justice possible, we recognize that in all cultures and all spiritual traditions there are teachings about the need for setting time and space aside for celebration, restfulness, reflection.

Yet in modern history, we realize that for about 200 years, the most powerful institutions and cultures of the human species have refused to let the Earth or human earthlings have time or space for rest. By overburning carbon dioxide and methane into our planet’s air, we have disturbed the sacred balance in which we breathe in what the trees breathe out, and the trees breathe in what we breathe out. The upshot: global scorching, climate crisis.

The crisis is worsened by the spread of extreme extraction of fossil fuels that not only heats the planet as a whole but damages the regions directly affected.

§ Fracking shale rock for oil and “unnatural gas” poisons regional water supplies and induces the shipment of volatile explosive “bomb trains” around the country.

§ Coal burning not only imposes asthma on coal-plant neighborhoods – often the poorest and Blackest – but destroys the lovely mountains of West Virginia.

§ Extracting and pipe-lining Tar Sands threatens Native First nation communities in Canada and the USA, and endangers farmers and cowboys through whose lands the KXL Pipeline is intended to traverse..

§ Drilling for oil deep into the Gulf and the Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound off the Pacific have already brought death to workers and to sea life and financial disasters upon nearby communities. Proposed oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic threaten worse.

All of this is overworking Earth — precisely what our Torah teaches we must not do. So now we must let our planet rest from overwork. For Biblical Israel, this was a central question in our relationship to the Holy One. And for us and for our children and their children, this is once again the central question of our lives and of our God. HOW? — is the question we must answer.

So here we turn from inherited wisdom to action in our present and our future. One way of addressing our own responsibility would be for households, congregations, denominations, federations, political action — to Move Our Money from spending that helps these modern pharaohs burn our planet to spending that helps to heal it. For example, these actions might be both practical and effective:

§ Purchasing wind-born rather than coal-fired electricity to light our homes and synagogues and community centers;

§ Organizing our great Federations to offer grants and loans to every Jewish organization in their regions to solarize their buildings;

§ Shifting our bank accounts from banks that invest in deadly carbon-burning to community banks and credit unions that invest in local neighborhoods, especially those of poor, Black, and Hispanic communities;

§ Moving our endowment funds from supporting deadly Carbon to supporting stable, profitable, life-giving enterprises;

§ Insisting that our tax money go no longer to subsidizing enormously profitable Big Oil but instead to subsidizing the swift deployment of renewable energy — as quickly in this emergency as our government moved in the emergency of the early 1940s to shift from manufacturing cars to making tanks.

§ Convincing our legislators to institute a system of carbon fees and public dividends that rewards our society for moving beyond the Carbon economy.

These examples are simply that, and in the days and years to come, we may think of other approaches to accomplish these ecological ends.

America is one of the most intense contributors to the climate crisis, and must therefore take special responsibility to act. Though we in America are already vulnerable to climate chaos, other countries are even more so –– and Jewish caring must take that truth seriously. Israeli scientists, for example, report that if the world keeps doing carbon business as usual, the Negev desert will come to swallow up half the state of Israel, and sea-level rises will put much of Tel Aviv under water.

Israel itself is too small to calm the wide world’s worsening heat. Israel’s innovative ingenuity for solar and wind power could help much of the world, but it will take American and other funding to help poor nations use the new-tech renewable energy created by Israeli and American innovators.

We believe that there is both danger and hope in American society today, a danger and a hope that the American Jewish community, in concert with our sisters and brothers in other communities of Spirit, must address. The danger is that America is the largest contributor to the scorching of our planet. The hope is that over and over in our history, when our country faced the need for profound change, it has been our communities of moral commitment, religious covenant, and spiritual search that have arisen to meet the need. So it was fifty years ago during the Civil Rights movement, and so it must be today.

As we live through this Shmittah Year, we are especially aware that Torah calls for Hak’heyl — assembling the whole community of the People Israel during the Sukkot after the Shmittah year, to hear and recommit ourselves to the Torah’s central teachings.

So we encourage Jews in all our communities to gather on the Sunday of Sukkot this year, October 4, 2015, to explore together our responsibilities toward the Earth and all humankind, in this generation.

Our ancient earthy wisdom taught that social justice, sustainable abundance, a healthy Earth, and spiritual fulfilment are inseparable. Today we must hear that teaching in a world-wide context, drawing upon our unaccustomed ability to help shape public policy in a great nation.

We call upon the Jewish people to meet God’s challenge once again. “

Yours,
Dr Kroko

PS:

On behalf of the People of this Earth and of the Environmental Parliament we are most Grateful for the Intercession of these visionary Rabbis who choose to stand with us on this extraordinary issue of combating the unfolding Climate Crisis.

Well Said and Well Done my Friends — Thank You

This Letter was Signed by 380 Rabbis, leaders of Jewish Faith and Life in America, starting with Michael Lerner a friend with whom we had started the Environmental Economic Divestment Movement in Berkeley California quite a few years back…

And here are some of the Rabbis who Signed the Climate Action:

Rabbi Jonathan Aaron Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Beverly Hills CA
Rabbi Susan Abramson Temple Shalom Emeth Burlington MA
Rabbi Ruth Adar Lehrhaus Judaica San Leandro CA
Rabbi Howard Avruhm Addison Cong Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu El Philadelphia PA
Rabbi David Adelson East End Temple New York NY
Rabbi Alison Adler Temple B’nai Abraham Beverly MA
Rabbi Moshe Adler Beth El – The Heights Synagogue University Heights OH
Rabbi Rachel Adler Hebrew Union College Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Ron Aigen Congregation Dorshei Emet, Montreal Montreal Canada
Rabbi Aaron Alexander IKAR Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Mona Alfi Congregation B’nai Israel Sacramento CA
Rabbi Katy Allen Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hop Wayland MA
Rabbi Adam Allenberg Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Santa Monica CA
Rabbi Doug Alpert Congregation Kol Ami-Kansas City Kansas City MO
Rabbi Neil Amswych Temple Beth Shalom Santa Fe NM
Rabbi Batsheva Appel Temple Emanu-El Tucson AZ
Rabbi Aryeh Azriel Temple Israel Omaha NE
Rabbi Elan Babchuck Temple Emanu-El Providence RI
Rabbi Richard Backer Ohalah Newton MA
Rabbi Chava Bahle Or Tzafon Suttons Bay MI
Rabbi Ethan Bair Temple Sinai Reno NV
Rabbi Benjamin Barnett Beit Am Jewish Community Corvallis OR
Rabbi Lewis M Barth Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Encino CA
Rabbi Sarah Bassin Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Beverly Hills CA
Rabbi David Dunn Bauer Congregation Beit Simchat Torah New York NY
Rabbi Birdie Becker Temple Emanuel, Pueblo Centennial CO
Rabbi Lisa Bellows Congregation Beth Am Buffalo Grove IL
Rabbi Gabriel Ben-Or Gulfport Congregation Beth Sholom webster FL
Rabbi Karen Bender Jewish Home of Los Angeles Tarzana CA
Rabbi Allen Bennett Temple Israel of Alameda, Rabbi Emeritus San Francisco CA
Rabbi Philip Bentley Honorary President, Jewish Peace fellowship Hendersonville NC
Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum Congregation Shir Hadash Milwaukee WI
Rabbi Marc Berkson Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun Milwaukee WI
Rabbi Marjorie Berman Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Clarks Summit PA
Rabbi Phyllis Berman Pnai Or-Ph, Germantown Jewish Centre, Mishkan Shalom Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Ellen Bernstein Shomrei Adamah Holyoke MA
Rabbi Jonathan Biatch Temple Beth El, Madison, Wisconsin Madison WI
Rabbi Brad Bloom Bloom Hilton Head SC
Rabbi Marc S Blumenthal Reform Judaism Long Beach CA
Rabbi Neil Blumofe Congregation Agudas Achim Austin TX
Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton Or Haneshamah: Reconstructionist Community Ottawa Canada
Rabbi Jill Borodin Congregation Beth Shalom Seattle WA
Rabbi Neal Borovitz Rabbi Emeritus Temple Avodat Shalom River Edge NJ New York NY NY
Rabbi Joshua Breindel Temple Anshe Amunim Pittsfield MA
Rabbi Anne Brener Academy for Jewish Religion Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Cari Bricklin-Small Temple Shir Tikvah WInchester MA
Rabbi Caryn Broitman Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center West Tisbury MA
Rabbi Bruce Bromberg Seltzer Amherst College/Western New England University Northampton MA
Rabbi Deborah Bronstein Congregation Har HaShem Boulder CO
Rabbi Lester Bronstein Reconstructionist/Reform White Plains NY
Rabbi Samuel Broude Temple sinai, oakland,ca – emeritus Oakland CA
Rabbi Sharon Brous IKAR Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Rachel Brown Congregation B’nai Jacob Phoenixville PA
Rabbi Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus Wheaton College (MA) Department of Religion Providence RI
Rabbi Simcha Daniel Burstyn Center for Creative Ecology, Kibbutz Lotan Kibbutz Lotan Israel
Rabbi Michael Cahana Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, Oregon Portland OR
Rabbi Meredith Cahn Community School for Jewish Learning Petaluma CA
Rabbi NIna Beth Cardin Conservative Movement Baltimore MD
Rabbi Kenneth Carr Congregation Or Ami Lafayette Hill PA
Rabbi Joshua Caruso Fairmount Temple Beachwood OH
Rabbi Ken Chasen Leo Baeck Temple Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Jordana Chernow-Reader Reform Ventura CA
Rabbi Steven Chester Temple Sinai, Oakland, Ca. Oakland CA
Rabbi Paul Citrin Taos Jewish Center Albuquerque NM
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen American Jewish University Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen New York NY
Rabbi Howard Cohen Burning Bush Adventures Bennington VT
Rabbi Malcolm Cohen Temple Sinai, LasVe Las Vegas NV
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen Israel Congregation Manchester Center VT
Rabbi Norman J. Cohen HUC-JIR Briarcliff Manor NY
Rabbi Sandra Cohen Rodef Shalom Denver CO
Rabbi Andrea Cohen Kiener Am Kolel Sanctuary Beallsville MD
Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohrn JCC Manhattan New York NY
Rabbi Mike Comins TorahTrek Los Angeles CA
Rabbi David J. Cooper Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont, CA Berkeley CA
Rabbi Howard Cooper Director of Spiritual Development, Finchley Reform Synagogue, London, UK Barnet United Kingdom
Rabbi Mychal Copeland InterfaithFamily Mountain View CA
Rabbi Meryl Crean Mishkan Shalom Upper Gwynedd PA
Rabbi Rogerio Cukierman Yakar Sao Paulo Brazil
Rabbi Robin Damsky WSTHZ Melrose Park IL
Rabbi Julie Danan Congregation Beth Israel Chic CA
Rabbi Stanley Davids Temple Emanu-El of Greater Atlanta Santa Monica CA
Rabbi Getzel Davis Harvard Hillel Cambridge MA
Rabbi Shoshanah Devorah Congregation Kol HaEmek Ukiah CA
Rabbi Elliot Dorff American Jewish University, rector Beverly Hills CA
Rabbi William Dreskin Woodlands Community Temple Ardsley NY
Rabbi Doris Dyen Makom HaLev minyan Pittsburgh PA
Rabbi Laurence Edwards Congregation Or Chadash (Emeritus) Chicago IL
Rabbi Lisa Edwards Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Amy Eilberg Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning Mendota Heights MN
Rabbi Colin Eimer Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue London United Kingdom
Rabbi Stephen Einstein Congregation B’nai Tzedek Fountain Valley CA
Rabbi Efraim Eisen Pioneer Valley Jewish Renewal Amherst MA
Rabbi Diane Elliot ALEPH El Sobrante CA
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell Spiritual Director Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Cindy Enger Congregation Or Chadash Chicago IL
Rabbi Lewis Eron Lions Gate CCRC Cherry Hill NJ
Rabbi Ted Falcon Paths to Awakening Seattle WA
Rabbi Josh Feigelson Hillel International Skokie IL
Rabbi Michael Feinberg Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition New York NY
Rabbi Sam Feinsmith Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning Evanston IL
Rabbi Fern Feldman Havurat Ee Shalom Santa Cruz CA
Rabbi Michael Fessler RRC Poughkeepsie NY
Rabbi Brian Field Judaism Your Way Denver CO
Rabbi Brian Fink JCC Manhattan Brooklyn NY
Rabbi Daniel Fink Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel boise ID
Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari Boston-Area Jewish Education Program Boston MA
Rabbi Jeff Foust Spiritual Life Center Bentley University Newton MA
Rabbi Joshua Franklin Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA Wellesley MA
Rabbi Jonathan Freirich Temple Beth El Charlotte NC
Rabbi Dayle Friedman Reform/Reconstructionist Philadelphia PA
Rabbi John Friedman Judea Reform Congregation Durham NC
Rabbi Pamela Frydman Renewal Daly City CA
Rabbi Alan D. Fuchs Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Stephen Fuchs Congregation Beth Israel West Hartford CT
Rabbi Roy Furman DePaul University Chicago IL
Rabbi Laura Geller TempleEmanuel of Beverly Hills Beverly HIlls CA
Rabbi Everett Gendler Emeritus, Temple Emanuel, Lowell, MA Great Barrington, MA 01230 MA
Rabbi Bernard Gerson Congregation Rodef Shalom Denver CO
Rabbi Gary Gerson Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion River Forest IL
Rabbi Gordon Gladstone, D.D. Emeritus, Temple Beth Am of Bayonne NJ Springfield NJ
Rabbi Bob Gluck University at Albany Albany NY
Rabbi Laura Gold Jewish Theological Seminary New York NY
Rabbi Neal Gold Temple Shir Tikva Wayland MA
Rabbi Mark Goldfarb Temple Beth Ohr, URJ La Mirada CA
Rabbi Megan Goldman Columbia/Barnard Hillel New York NY
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein Congregation Shaare Emeth St. Louis MO
Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din Sherman Oaks CA
Rabbi Seth Goldstein Temple Beth Hatfiloh Olympia WA
Rabbi Marvin Goodman No. CA Board of Rabbis Foster City CA
Rabbi Maralee Gordon McHenry County Jewish Congregation Woodstock IL
Rabbi Samuel Gordon Congregation Sukkat Shalom Wilmette IL
Rabbi mel Gottlieb Academy for Jewish Religion, Ca. los angeles CA
Rabbi Andrea Gouze Temple Shaare Tefilah Providence RI
Rabbi Roberto Graetz Temple Isaiah Walnut Creek CA
Rabbi Art Green Hebrew College rabbinical school, rector Newton MA
Rabbi Irving yitz Greenberg Founding President, Jewish LifeNetwork/Steinhardt Foundation, Bronx NY
Rabbi Julie Greenberg Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City Phila. PA
Rabbi Hillel Greene Gann Academy Jamaica Plain MA
Rabbi Suzanne Griffel Lomdim chavurah Chicago IL
Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara/Loyola Marymount University Santa Barbara CA
Rabbi Bonny Grosz The Community Rabbi Foundation Herndon VA
Rabbi Jill Hammer Academy for Jewish Religion New York NY
Rabbi Joshua Hammerman Temple Beth El, Stamford CT Stamford CT
Rabbi Richard Hammerman Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation B’nai Israel, Toms River, NJ Caldwell NJ
Rabbi Lauren Herrmann Kol Tzedek Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Lev Herrnson http://www.RabbiLevH.com East Rockaway NY
Rabbi Cecilia Herzfeld-Stern Spiritual Director Carlsbad CA
Rabbi Cynthia Hoffman Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal Fremont CA
Rabbi Linda Holtzman Tikkun Olam Chavurah Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Heidi Hoover Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek Brooklyn NY
Rabbi David Horowitz Temple Israel, Akron, OH – rabbi emeritus Akron OH
Rabbi Carla Howard Jewish Healing Center Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Jocee Hudson Temple Israel of Hollywood Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Mark Hurvitz davka.org New York NY
Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin Temple Beth Israel Eugene OR
Rabbi Naomi Hyman OHALAH: The Association for Jewish Renewal Rabbis Easton MD
Rabbi T’mimah Ickovits Holistic Jew Santa Monica CA
Rabbi David Ingber Romemu, NYC New York NY
Rabbi Shaya Isenberg Aleph Gainesville FL
Rabbi Debbie Israel Congregation Emeth Watsonville CA
Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde ZMANIM sebastopol CA
Rabbi Joshua Jacobs-Velde ZMANIM Sebastopol CA
Rabbi Devorah Jacobson Jewish Geriatric Services Amherst MA
Rabbi Beth Janus JFCS Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Rachel Joseph Congregation Beth Israel Portland OR
Rabbi Raachel Jurovics Yavneh: A Jewish Renewal Community Raleigh NC
Rabbi Bruce Kadden Temple Beth El Tacoma WA
Rabbi David Kaiman Congregation Bnai Israel Gainesville Florida Gainesville FL
Rabbi Molly Karp Temple Beth El, Oneonta NY New City NY
Rabbi Peter Kasdan temple Emanuel-El of West Essex Longboat Key FL
Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum Congregation B’nai Harim of the Poconos Pocono Pines PA
Rabbi Stanley Kessler BethEl Temple/Emeritus/ W.Htfd CT w.htfd CT
Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman Beth Jacob Congregation Mendota Heights MN
Rabbi Daniel Kirzane Beth Haverim Shir Shalom Bronx NY
Rabbi Jonathan Klein CLUE: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Lori Klein Chadeish Yameinu Capitola CA
Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light (PA IPL) Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Richard Klein Temple Emanu-El Sarasota FL
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Congregation Beit Simchat Torah NYC NY
Rabbi Jonathan Kligler Lev Shalem Institute of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation Woodstock NY
Rabbi David L Kline Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn Brooklyn NY
Rabbi Tracy Klirs Temple Israel, Charlotte, NC Charlotte NC
Rabbi Myriam Klotz HUC-JIR/NY Bala Cynwyd PA
Rabbi Peter Knobel Central Conference of American Rabbis, former president Evanston IL
Rabbi Janeen Kobrinsky Temple Beth El, Fargo ND Fargo ND ND
Rabbi Debra Kolodny Nehirim Portland OR
Rabbi Riqi Kosovske Beit Ahavah – Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton Florence MA
Rabbi Michael L. Kramer Reform Hockessin DE
Rabbi Joshua Kullock West End Synagogue Nashville TN
Rabbi Alan Lachtman Temple Beth David Pasadena CA
Rabbi Howard Laibson Congregation Shir Chadash, Lakewood, CA Seal Beach CA
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz Shir Tikvah Congregation Minneapolis MN
Rabbi Marty Lawson Temple Emanu-El, San Diego, CA San Diego CA
Rabbi Anson Laytner Seattle University Seattle WA
Rabbi Darby Leigh Kerem Shalom Concord MA
Rabbi Shoshana Leis Congregation Har Shalom Ft Collins CO
Rabbi Michael Lerner Tikkun: A Jewish and Interfaith Critique of Politics, Culture and Society Berkeley CA
Rabbi Joshua Lesser 5 Krog St NE Atlanta GA
Rabbi Peter Levi Temple Beth El of South Orange County aliso viejo CA
Rabbi Navah Levine Temple Beth Abraham Canton MA
Rabbi Robert Levine Congregation Rodeph Sholom New York NY
Rabbi Eyal Levinson Not affiliated Kfar Veradim Israel
Rabbi Jerry Levy Congregation Etz Chaim Pompano Beach FL
Rabbi Richard Levy Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Encino CA
Rabbi Stan Levy B’nai Horin-Children of Freedom Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Sue E. Levy retired Houston TX
Rabbi Yael Levy Mishkan Shalom Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Sheldon Lewis Congregation Kol Emeth Palo Alto CA
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Wyncote PA
Rabbi Rebecca Lillian Öresundslimmud Malmö Sweden
Rabbi John Linder Temple Solel Phoenix AZ
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives Brooklyn, NY 11215 NY
Rabbi navah-tehila Livingstone Liberal Jewish community Utrecht utrecht Netherlands
Rabbi Neal Joseph Loevinger Conservative Poughkeepsie NY
Rabbi Andrea London Beth Emet The Free Synagogue Evanston IL
Rabbi Michael Lotker Jewish Federation of Ventura County Camarillo CA
Rabbi Brian Lurie NIF ross CA
Rabbi Jack Luxemburg Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD NORTH POTOMAC MD
Rabbi Devorah Lynn CCAR Washington, DC DC
Rabbi Jonathan Malino Beth David Synagogue Greensboro NC
Rabbi Nina Mandel Congregation Beth El-Sunbury Selinsgrove PA
Rabbi Natan Margalit Organic Torah Newtonville MA
Rabbi Shana Margolin Beth Jacob Synagogue (member) Montpelier VT
Rabbi Marc Margolius West End Synagogue New York NY
Rabbi Jessica Marshall Temple Beth Or Everett WA
Rabbi Nathan Martin RRC Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Emily Mathis Temple Beth Shalom West Newton MA
Rabbi Michele Medwin Temple Sholom Binghamton NY
Rabbi Janice Mehring Congregation Ohr Tzafon Atascadero CA
Rabbi Sara Meirowitz Gann Academy Waltham MA
Rabbi Scott Meltzer Ohr Shalom Synagogue San Diego CA
Rabbi Richard Messing Retired- emeritus Temple Kol Tikvah, Sharon, MA Stoughton MA
Rabbi Abby Michaleski Temple Beth El of Hammonton Sicklerville NJ
Rabbi Laurence Milder Congregation Beth Emek Pleasanton CA
Rabbi Joshua Minkin Temple Emanu-El of Canarsie Brooklyn NY
Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh Temple Israel of Hollywood Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Malka Mittelman Skirball Hospice and B’nei Mishkan La Crescenta CA
Rabbi Avram Mlotek Base Hillel New York NY
Rabbi Lee Moore Hillel at Kent State Kent OH
Rabbi Dan Moskovitz Temple Sholom Vancouver Canada
Rabbi Linda Motzkin Temple Sinai Gansevoort NY
Rabbi Robin Nafshi Temple Beth Jacob Concord NH
Rabbi Fred Natkin Mateh Chaim; Palm Bay FL Boynton Beach FL
Rabbi Yonatan Neril Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development Jerusalem Israel
Rabbi Jeffrey Newman Finchley Reform Synagogue London United Kingdom
Rabbi michael oppenheimer Suburban Temple- Kol Ami, Emanuel Jacob Congregation aurora OH
Rabbi Robert Orkand Temple Israel, Westport, CT Natick MA
Rabbi Jordan Ottenstein Beth-El Congregation Fort Worth TX
Rabbi Laura Owens B’nai Horin, Children of Freedom Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Barbara Penzner Temple Hillel B’nai Torah Boston MA
Rabbi Nina Perlmutter Heichal Baoranim (Temple in the Pines) Chino Valley AZ
Rabbi Anne Persin Temple Beth-El, Dubuque, Iowa Highland Park IL
Rabbi Marcia Plumb Congregation Mishkan Tefila Needham MA
Rabbi Linda Potemken Congregation Beth Israel of Media Wynnewood PA
Rabbi Janise Poticha Temple Sinai New York NY
Rabbi Marcia Prager ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal; P’nai Or Congregation of Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
Rabbi Sally Priesand Monmouth Reform Temple Ocean Township NJ
Rabbi Irit Printz A World Without Bullying Toronto Canada
Rabbi Arnold Rachlis University Synagogue Irvine CA
Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky Watering the Tree Outside the Fence Foundation, Society of the Vav Beaufort SC
Rabbi Perry Rank Midway Jewish Center Syosset NY
Rabbi Larry Raphael Congregation Sherith Israel San Francisco CA
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael Temple Israel of Leighton Melrose Park PA
Rabbi Joshua Ratner JCRC of New Haven New Haven CT
Rabbi Frederick Reeves KAM Isaiah Israel Chicago IL
Rabbi Victor Reinstein Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue Jamaica Plain MA
Rabbi Shayna Rhodes Hebrew College Rabbinical School Newton MA
Rabbi Dorothy Richman x Albany CA
Rabbi Moti Rieber Kansas Interfaith Power & Light Overland Park KS
Rabbi Stephen M Robbins Academy for Jewish Religion/California, Congregation, N’vay Shalom Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Rochelle Robins The Academy for Jewish Religion, California Los Angeles CA
Rabbi Norman Roman Temple Kol Ami West Bloomfield MI
Rabbi Joshua Rose Congregation Shaarie Torah Portland OR
Rabbi Brant Rosen Jewish Voice for Peace Evanston IL
Rabbi Stanley M. Rosenbaum Sons of Jacob Synagogue Waterloo IA
Rabbi Jason Rosenberg Congregation Beth Am Tampa FL
Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom Distinguished Service Rabbi, Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park, PA Elkins Park PA
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