JTS Green Team

JTS is committed to improving our own environmental impact and contributing to building a sustainable future. 

We are proud to be participating in the Jewish Greening Fellowship which aims to mobilize meaningful responses to climate change that aremotivated by Jewish values of stewardship.  As a participant in this network of over 50 congregations, JCCs, schools, and social service organizations, we are taking steps to improve our environmental impact andengage our community in Jewish environmental programs and education.

All participants in the Jewish Greening Fellowship commit to taking action in four areas: 

  • Engaging and educating the community
  • Increasing energy efficiency
  • Reducing waste and pollution, and increasing health and safety,in operations
  • Making an ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship

The Jewish Greening Fellowship is a program of Hazon, funded by UJA-Federation of New York.

We welcome your suggestions and feedback. Have ideas or want to get involved? Email greening@jtsa.edu

The Torah teaches us to care for the earth. It has been amazing to learn how much good we can do just by how we manage our own facility. Greening has had a huge impact on our organization and our community.

"The Jewish Theological Seminary has reaffirmed its sustainability goal of becoming a more environmentally conscious institution. With our daily and consistent efforts, we can make it possible for our families and all future generations to thrive and prosper." –Chancellor Arnold Eisen

GREEN TEAM

The JTS Green Team leads our greening initiative. At monthly meetings we learn about environmental issues and Jewish teachings. We decide on projects that will benefit our organization and community, and enable us to put our Jewish values into action. Thanks to the help of our Greening Interns and Eco-Reps, we are making huge improvements to our greening efforts on campus. 


JEWISH TEACHINGS

When God created the first human beings, God led them around the Garden of Eden and said: 'Look at my works! See how beautiful they are-how excellent! For your sake I created them all. See to it that you do not spoil and destroy My world; for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.'"
- Midrash Kohelet Rabbah 1 (on Ecclesiastes 7:13)

When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you do not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it. (Deuteronomy 22:8) 

One generation goes and another generation comes; but the Earth remains forever. (Kohelet 1:4)

Why did God appear to Moses in the lowly bush?  To teach us that nothing in creation is without God's holy presence, not even the commonest bush... (Midrash)

"It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it" (PirkeiAvot 2:21)

It is a learning in reverse order.  A learning that no longer starts from the Torah and leads into life, but the other way round: from life, from a world that knows nothing of the Law...back to the Torah.  (Franz Rosenzweig, On Jewish Learning)