Section VI: Reimagining and Mobilizing Religious Traditions in Response to the Eco-crisis

Track 2: The Jewish Contribution to Ecological Civilization
(Jonathan Singer)


Judaism has given birth to Christianity and Islam, the world’s two largest wisdom traditions, but it has also retained its distinctive identity. This track will discuss its own unique contributions to make to global thinking and practice in facing global crises. In doing so, it will consider the possible assistance of Whitehead.



Friday 2:00 – 3:30

Brad Artsen  – Dean of the Zeigler School of Jewish Studies, American JewishUniversity.

Presenting the problem – Modern Jewish thought’s focus on the Greeks and Kant, considering a solution- A new Jewish theology that contributes to the shaping of an ecological civilization. On Process thought and  Judaism.


Friday 4:00- 5:30

Dr.  Rachel Adler, Professor of Jewish Thought, HUC-JIR, Los Angeles;  Rabbi Michael Lerner- Editor Tikun Magazine; Rabbi  Dan Fink , Congregation Beth Israel, Boise

Process, Judaism, Sustainability – a response to Artsen and a consideration of Judaism’s engagement with process theology. Is there a Jewish wisdom approach to Sustainability and a desire to achieve a new era of ecological civilization – or is this a post modern imposition on a Biblically based tradition?


Saturday 11:00 – 12:30

Shachrit – Hillel of the Claremont Colleges (Tentative)


Saturday 2:00 – 3:30

Rabbi Jonathan Singer –Congregation Emanu-El San Francisco

Torah Study – Beholatecha- The Israelites cry to eat more than mannah, and sustainability.


Saturday 4:00 – 5:30

Rabbi Michael Lerner

You say you want to save the earth from environmental catastrophe? What transformations in consciousness would that take, and how can Judaism and progressives in every religious and spiritual community contribute to that happening?

Rabbi Jonathan Singer –Congregation Emanu-El San Francisco



Sunday 11:00 – 12:30

Rabbi David Seidenberg

“Kabbalah and Ecology: God’s Image in the More-Than-Human World” Transforming the Jewish conversation about environmentalism by integrating Kabbalistic and Theological Perspectives that have not been at the center of the Jewish Weltanschauung.


Sunday 2:00 – 3:30

Rabbi Daniel B. Fink, Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel

Judaism and Ecology: A Theology of Creation


Sunday 4:00 – 5:30

Dan Fink  and Jonathan Singer

Brad Artsen — How do we move forward in the Pulpit and the Yeshiva?