The Washington Times - May 5, 2008, 08:20PM
Shalom Center
Jewish Educators Gather to Heal the Planet\ \ Dear Friends,\ \ This summer, for the first time in its 33-year history CAJE—Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education—is offering an ECO-Track at its conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington, beginning August 10. \ \ CAJE has put together a wonderful array of 59 sessions on Judaism and ecology from the practical to the pleasurable to the sublime. The Shalom Center will have an important role, along with other major eco-Jewish organizations. \ \ SCHOLARSHIPS are available to COLLEGE students (apply through the Schusterman Fellowship program). \ SCHOLARSHIPS are available to adults (who need them) who plan on taking at least 10 sessions in the ECO-Track \ And College Credit is available from Hebrew College for those who are taking at least 10 eco-track sessions and are interesting in getting academic credit.\ \ Scholarships are on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply now!\ \ To learn more and register, go to or\ \ From The Shalom Center, Rabbi Arthur Waskow will be one of the major speakers at the opening Shabbat and will also teach and help shape Tisha B’Av observance on Sunday (taking into account ancient midrash that saw the destruction of the Temple as a microcosmic forewarning of global destruction). Noam Dolgin, composer of The Shalom Center’s curriculum for Bar/ Bat Mitzvah and confirmation-age youth on global climate crisis — “Elijah’s Covenant Between the Generations” — will also teach, on behalf of our Green Menorah Covenant campaign.\ \ You’re invited to daven outdoors; to learn in the Eco beit midrash, to study with an array of 20 teachers who have been developing the field Judaism and ecology for over 20 years, to hike and bike in the beautiful Vermont countryside, to experience nature from a Jewish perspective, to discover the world of Jewish farms and farming and how to bring these practices to your classroom. You’re invited to learn how to teach Jewish values by using nature’s classroom.\ \ For the first time, 20 pioneers in the field of Judaism and ecology are joining together with the hopes of creating a sea change in Jewish education and therefore the Jewish community, involving Jews more deeply in ecological thinking and environmental concerns. Ellen Bernstein, one of the pioneers of eco-Judaism, is coordinating the ECO-track. \ \ You don’t need to be a professional Jewish educator to love the CAJE conference. The Conference is for all of us who love learning and experiencing the joy of Jewish community, especially for those who have a strong interest in environment, nature or the outdoors.\ \ If you have questions or concerns, please contact David Frank at\ \ Hope to see you there -\ \ Arthur

Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times