JECO – Jewish Ecological Coalition

What we are

The Jewish Ecological Coalition, JECO, is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in Melbourne, Australia in July 2003.

Why we formed

JECO was set up to emphasise and deepen the Jewish commitment to sustainability and to raise awareness within and beyond the Jewish community about Judaism’s strong environmental message.

What we aim to do

  • To educate and encourage individuals to “tread softly on the face of the earth”; i.e. to minimise their environmental footprint.
  • To work with individuals and organisations to prevent and repair environmental damage.
  • To build bridges between the Jewish and wider community by working together for sustainability.

How we achieve our aims

  • Distribute an eNews with with information on the latest events and activities
  • Maintain a website with environmental resources and information about recycling opportunities
  • Gather and disseminate current information and philosophies on the environment
  • Provide topical events including film showings and presentations with expert guest speakers
  • Promote sustainability by participating in events including In One Voice, Limmud Oz, Mitzvah Day, and Clean Up Australia Day
  • Support and encourage environmentally-focused activities, including those linked to Jewish festivals such as Tu Bishvat.
  • Partner with the Port Phillip EcoCentre to run the St Kilda Repair Cafe
  • Collect used mobile phones for reconditioning and/or recycling.

Why we need you

JECO needs people who can help by joining us to initiate new projects especially in the areas of fund raising, publicity and the media. Contact us at JECO


Content added by this initiative.

Towards an all-inclusive Tu Bishvat
Tomorrow (Shabbat 11th February) we celebrate Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year for trees. It is a time when we celebrate the natural world, when we take time to contemplate all that God has provided for us – the trees, flowers, fruit, rivers, seas. But in such times of celebration we must also spare a thought for those less fortunate. Those ...

May it bee a sweet new year
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Kosher Palm Oil
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