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COEJL 2016 Highlights

What a year it’s been: from post-Paris promise, to Clean Power Plan setbacks; from WaterProtectors on Lakota land, to climate-change-fueled forest fires across Israel; from the election of a self-stated climate skeptic, to his admission of human involvement, to climate change deniers being nominated to key government posts. There’s never been a more important time for faith voices to speak out, together, on behalf of Creation. COEJL — the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life — speaks and organizes on behalf of Jewish communities across the country, as both the environmental arm of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the Jewish pillar within the National Religious Partnership on the Environment. Working through the JCPA (Jewish Council for Public Affairs, COEJL’s parent body) and its affiliate organizations, and in close concert with the Religious Action Center and other key groups, COEJL:
    • Represents us at the advocacy table, in Washington and elsewhere, together with our interfaith partners — bringing the perspectives of our tradition and our faith community to Congress, the Administration, and the public (most recently on the Methane Rule and the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  Works within the Jewish community to raise the visibility and urgency of ecological concerns — offering important green guidance through JCPA to the Jewish communal relations field (read the May 2016 climate change resolution here), and starting this Hannukah, a new initiative to link each Jewish holiday of 5777 with a constructive eco-action rooted deeply in Jewish tradition and the values of our people.    
  • Puts its leaders and activists in the heart of the action — from the House and Senate, to multi-faith convocations, to the recently completed UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s COP-22 in Marrakesh (read Yaira Robinson’s missive from Morocco here.)
     
  • And much more… Made possible only with your help.
  Please, as the end of 2016 approaches and a new time of uncertainty about this nation’s environmental commitments unfolds, give generously — to strengthen COEJL and our collective voice, and to stand up proudly as Jews in defense of Creation, as we enter a new year and a new national moment… Thank you…