Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) deepens the Jewish community’s commitment to the stewardship of creation and mobilizes the resources of Jewish life and learning to protect the Earth and all its inhabitants. To advance our mission, COEJL: partners with the full spectrum of national Jewish organizations to integrate Jewish values of environmental stewardship into Jewish life; works with synagogues and other local Jewish organizations to bring Jewish environmental education, ecologically-conscious Jewish observance, and opportunities for environmental action to Jewish families and individuals; supports rabbis, educators, and Jewish scholars to develop and distribute materials that express diverse Jewish perspectives on environmental issues; brings a Jewish vision and voice to issues of environmental justice and sustainability, and advocates on behalf of the Jewish community; activates Jewish institutions, local COEJL programs, and individuals (both affiliated with organized Judaism and unaffiliated) in support of environmental protection efforts; and, participates in inter-religious and civic coalitions to protect the environment, public health, and our common future


Content added by this initiative.

Get Creation on the President’s Agenda with the Pope
President Obama and Pope Francis are meeting on March 27th. When they meet, we hope that the President raises the importance of caring for Creation. Please join us and our interfaith colleagues by signing onto this petition on the White House’s website encouraging that care for Creation be on the agenda. As the Jewish Energy Covenant ...

Take Action to Reduce Carbon Pollution
Click here to take action! The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) are joining together to demonstrate support from the Jewish community for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new, strict standards for carbon pollution from new power plants. ...

Coal: The Dirtiest Fuel
Summary: Benjamin Kahane, an engineer who designs photovoltaic solar energy systems for SunEdison, summarizes the environmental consequences of coal and its extraction. Depending on how much pressure and temperature to which it has been subject, coal is a sedimentary or metamorphic rock comprised mostly of carbon. Coal is a fossil ...

Are We Our Brothers’ (and Sisters’) Keepers?
Summary: Matthew Anderson, former director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE), discusses international adaptation to climate change as an important component of development work for the world's most vulnerable populations. An issue of emerging global concern is the increasing impact of ...

Oil Slick: The Ugly Truth about Petroleum
Summary: Benjamin Kahane, an engineer who designs photovoltaic solar energy systems for SunEdison, discusses oil, its many uses in our society, and how we can transition away from it. Petroleum — or, plainly, oil — has many applications in the industrial age. Petroleum is used to make plastics, lubricants, wax, ...

Take action to reduce carbon pollution!
Click here to take action! The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) are joining together to demonstrate support from the Jewish community for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new, strict standards for carbon pollution from new power plants. New, ...

Holiday Programming on One Foot
Summary: Evonne Marzouk, founder and executive director of Canfei Nesharim, uses Hannukah as a key example of how to connect a Jewish holiday to environmentalism. The holiday of Hanukkah is another opportunity to reflect upon Jewish wisdom as it relates to our natural resources, energy in particular. Hanukkah revolves in large part around a ...

The Environmentally Friendly Conference
Summary: Having successfully hosted a sustainable conference, director of programs at Jewish Funders Network David Ezer offers tips on how to reduce the environmental impact of your next conference. Getting hundreds of Jewish leaders to the Jewish Funders Network Conference in Jerusalem was not only a logistical challenge — it was ...