It’s easy to talk about global warming when it’s sweltering hot outside and everyone is sweating during the summer, especially in a summer like 2014, which was the hottest ever on record. Once we’re all bundled up in gloves and scarves, drinking hot tea, it’s a little harder to be heard when you’re talking about how global temperatures and rising quickly and dangerously. Just because it’s seasonally colder out doesn’t mean that climate change is less of a global disaster. In fact, the year 2014 overall is shaping up to be not only the hottest summer, but the hottest year on record. The disparity between “global warming” and the cooling that we see during the winter has a simple, but often overlooked explanation. First, global warming is an average and doesn’t preclude some cold days; global warming is a trend, meaning that there are fewer cold days and the remaining cold days are less cold. Second, the temperature we feel isn’t entirely reflective of atmospheric changes. Scientists predict that if we do nothing to mitigate the effects of climate change, the global temperate will rise by 2-5 °C before 2100. In every day terms, that difference is fairly minimal, but on a global, atmospheric scale, the consequences of a rise even on the conservative side of the estimate (3 °C), would have a catastrophic effect on the earth and the way we live our lives. So while it’s easy to ignore climate change and global warming in the winter, don’t let the snow fool you. Remember that, as Reform Jews, caring for our families and passing on our tradition, l’dor v’dor, are central elements of our faith. The Jewish voice on climate change cannot be a break from that core value, but instead must be an affirmation of it. Take action to let our world leaders know that a strong international commitment to curb climate change is important to you by signing the Faithful Call to Address Climate Change. You can also directly effect change in your community: help your congregation do an energy audit and increase their energy efficiency through the GreenFaith Energy Shield program and incorporate environmental prayers and programming about conserving our resources into your Hanukkah celebration.
January 25, 2023
With 2023 in full swing, leaders and officials at every level are setting their agendas and priorities for the coming year. We continue to be proud of the power we built and mobilized in 2022 as a Reform Movement as we gather to set the agenda for our work in 2023.
January 19, 2023
January 22nd will mark 50 years since the Roe v. Wade decision and the first anniversary since the Supreme Court overturned Roe last summer, paving the way for states to ban abortion and restrict other critical reproductive health services.
January 13, 2023
The Religious Action Center is excited to continue our partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America as hosts of the annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD) on February 15th at 12 PM ET. Registration is officially LIVE!