Launch of Jewish Energy Guide: “Director’s Introduction” by COEJL Director Sybil Sanchez

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Sybil Sanchez, director of COEJL, welcomes you to the Jewish Energy Guide with a reflection on recent environmental calamities and a look forward to creating a balance between our energy needs and our commitment to protect the Earth.


While we cannot remove ourselves from the necessity of using energy, we have a moral obligation to work toward protecting our environment. There must be a sustainable alternative to how we live now.

The need to address our dependence on fossil fuels and increase our energy security has become central to our time. Although international commitments and legislation in Washington are critical in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy independence, our challenge is not to passively wait for policymakers to finally make their next moves. We need to bring our communal, institutional and personal strengths to bear now. That is why Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign leaders are committing to speak out as a public Jewish voice on energy and the environment.

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The Jewish Energy Guide:

The Jewish Energy Guide presents a comprehensive Jewish approach to the challenges of energy security and climate change and offers a blueprint for the Jewish community to achieve a 14% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by September of 2014, which is the next Shmittah, or sabbatical, year in the Jewish calendar.

The Jewish Energy Guide is provided by the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) as part of the Jewish Energy Network. The Guide was created in partnership with the Green Zionist Alliance.

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