Climate Change Means: Enough Already With What’s Good for the Jews

From The Huffington Post:

We are Jewish folks who joined more than a thousand others in getting ourselves arrested in front of the White House this past summer protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline. Some of us are rabbis; many of us wore kippot that day; all of us did what we did because it felt, among other things, like a mitzvah …

Joelle Novey, along with Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, Rabbi David Shneyer, Jonah Adels, Phil Aroneanu, Laura Bellows, Lisa Jo Finstrom, Robert Friedman, Elizabeth Gaines, Johanna Galat, Richard Graves, Glenn Hurowitz, Joshua Kahn Russell, Lawrence MacDonald, Jeff Mann, Geri Maskell, Karen Menichelli, Sam Novey, Lore Rosenthal, Leslie Schwartz Leff, Harriet Shugarman, Joe Solomon, and Basia Yoffe, were among 1,253 people arrested at the White House in August and September protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

5 Replies to "Climate Change Means: Enough Already With What's Good for the Jews"

  • Jewcology Team
    December 13, 2011 (12:27 pm)

    Joelle’s article received a scathing response in Commentary:

  • Jewcology Team
    December 13, 2011 (12:28 pm)

    Jewcology community, share what you think here!

  • Joelle Novey
    December 13, 2011 (12:46 pm)

    … and a much meaner response on

  • Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope
    December 14, 2011 (10:08 am)

    I would like to thank all those who represented the Jewish community in this protest. What is good for the Jews must be the survival of the planet, otherwise none of us survive. One thing we share with every other human being who walks this Earth or ever did or ever will is the Earth itself. It belongs to all of us, and the survival of each and every one of us is dependent on it. And yet, it is so much more for us. Let us feel it and hear it and see it and touch it and know it, that we may understand that it is suffering and that our hearts may be opened to each do what we can to help it. This issue is bigger than any one faith or culture. It is about all of us. May we find the courage and the wisdom we need to save our planet. Thank you again to those who made a difference on this issue.

  • Joelle Novey
    January 19, 2012 (9:18 pm)

    UPDATE: After President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline on 1/18, AJC put out yet another statement expressing disappointment, here:

    Still not a word about climate change.

    If anyone knows of major Jewish organizations that responded differently, post them here!

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