An Important Organizational Transition

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Canfei Nesharim, I'm writing to share with you the news of an important transition for our organization which will take place over the next several months.

Over the last eleven years, Canfei Nesharim's network of leaders and participants has grown to include thousands of Jews who read our materials, share them with their communities, and act together to protect Hashem's natural resources. We've created comprehensive learning materials expressing traditional Jewish views on the environment, and reached tens of thousands of Jews with Torah-based environmental education.

We've also put the environment on the agenda of the Orthodox community. Nationally, this has taken the form of the participation of major Orthodox institutions in specific environmental efforts and resolutions. Locally, it's visible with the many Orthodox communities organizing activities and learning about environmental action at every level.

This work has been accomplished under the extraordinary leadership of our founding director, Evonne Marzouk, with the participation and partnership of a diverse team of leaders, including Canfei Nesharim's Board of Directors, Advisory Boards, and numerous community leaders who have shared our work with their audiences. We've accomplished a tremendous amount together.

At this time, Evonne has decided that it is time for her to move on from her leadership role with Canfei Nesharim. Her term will end in June 2014. The organization will continue under my leadership, working with Canfei Nesharim's executive team and with the partnership of our extensive network of volunteers and partners.

There is still much more for us to do! In our next phase, we will build upon the solid foundation of resources and partners built over the last eleven years. With many Jewish organizations now becoming aware of environmental concerns, and seeking traditional materials to engage their communities, Canfei Nesharim will continue to carry the banner of Torah-based environmentalism and be a resource for the Jewish community. To see all of our recent materials, we encourage you to visit our website at

We are excited to partner with you as we continue to roll out new materials in the coming months and years.


Ora Sheinson


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