Washington, D.C., May 25, 2016 – American Jewish community leaders from national Jewish organizations and Jewish Community Relations Councils across the country gathered last week for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio. There, they passed a resolution updating the Jewish community’s longstanding legacy of strong climate change policy. The resolution thanked Pope Francis and the authors of the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change for their interfaith and global leadership on climate. The document also included new language supporting the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, while reinstating the Jewish commitment to clean energy solutions.
“The Jewish community has long been committed to this issue. The resolution on combating climate change was an important next step in advancing our work to engage with our interfaith partners and our Jewish community through climate change mitigation,” said Jewish Council for Public Affairs Vice President and Washington Director Jared Feldman.
With regard to energy security and protecting Israel, the new resolution calls for clean energy as a response to questions of global security issues related to non-renewable resources. “Environmentalism must be understood both as part of our Jewish obligation to care for the earth and as part of a strong American Zionist vision. Clean energy is critical to ensuring global and national security while climate change continues to threaten our pursuit of peace and economic stability, in the US, Israel, and around the world,” said Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life Committee Chair Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb.
The next JCPA annual conference will be held in Washington, D.C., February 2017.
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 16 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.