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Climate Justice

“More than I want to talk about serving God, I want to talk about serving the planet . . . Strengthening this whole-Earth cooperation is to me the most urgent and important way we have of serving God, the holiest and most pressing invitation of our time.”

— Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi

Healing our planet, and those who have suffered from its demise, is today’s urgent existential and religious issue. Climate change isn’t only about the intensification of violent weather systems. It’s not just about greenhouse gases and methane and melting ice caps. It’s not just about the devastation to animal populations. It’s also about human rights. 

The effects of the crisis are borne disproportionately by the poor, by women, by people of color, and by younger generations. Drought and famine lead to mass migrations, refugee crises, civil unrest and war. Healing our planet is inextricably bound up with healing our fractured humanity and restoring the holiness at the heart of all creation.

Through monthly climate-themed events and gatherings, Sha’ar nurtures a commitment to sustainability in all its forms -- planetary, societal and spiritual -- and to living today in such a way that preserves the promise of tomorrow.

CONFRONTING THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND CULTIVATING SPIRITUAL COURAGE  :   Sunday,   February 7 & Sunday, March 7  at 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST


We are inviting Sha'ar community members to join us for a new workshop series from Dayenu: a Jewish Call to Climate Action, Confronting the Climate Crisis and Cultivating Spiritual Courage. In this 2 part workshop, led by the staff of Dayenu, we will explore how we are contending with the climate crisis on a personal and spiritual level. If you feel anxious, fearful, or sad about the climate crisis, or worried about how it might impact you, your family, or community, you are not alone. If you haven’t made space in a busy and ever-changing world to sit with the reality of a changing climate, you are not the only one.

Join the Sha'ar community and Dayenu for an engaging 2-part workshop series in which we will begin to explore some of our personal and spiritual concerns the climate crisis raises, in a supportive community, rooted in Jewish wisdom and tradition, and building on an emerging body of thought focused on meeting the climate crisis with resilience. We will provide pathways for people to confront and move through feelings of fear, anxiety, and powerlessness and offer other pathways towards meaningful and bold action. If you are ready to move from fear, overwhelm, or numbness into courageous action on climate - or even, like many of us, you are not sure you are ready --  please join us!


Watch our Global Climate Collaborative Shabbat Service with Mishkan HERE.

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Evolve Podcast -   Human Composting: Good for the Environment, But Is It Kosher?



 Listen to Dini speak about green approaches to death and burial with Rabbi Seth Goldstein in an engaging episode of the Evolve  podcast entitled "Human Composting: Good for the Environment, But Is It Kosher?"

Listen to the podcast here.

Sat, February 27 2021 15 Adar 5781