Conference to Explore Jewish Environmental Ethics

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

March 31, 2009, New York, NY

The Torah, from its very first chapters to the last, makes human beings responsible for stewarding the earth. In keeping with this imperative to protect the environment, "An Afternoon of Exploration of Jewish Environmental Ethics" will be held from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.

The conference will feature an examination of texts by noted Jewish scholars that illuminate the compelling and urgent moral relationship between humans and the natural world. The program is being sponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS; COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life); the Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Columbia University; the JTS Green Initiative; and JTS EcoReps.

The afternoon will begin with a presentation by Professor Robert Pollack, professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and director of its Center for the Study of Science and Religion, who will ground the exploration in the lessons of science for moral reflection. The program will continue with presentations in four disciplines: Talmud, Dr. Eliezer Diamond, Rabbi Judah Nadich Associate Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS; Kabbalah, Dr. Eitan Fishbane, assistant professor in the Department of Jewish Thought, JTS; Bible, Dr. Adriane Leveen, assistant professor of Bible, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; and Jewish philosophy, Dr. Alan Mittleman, professor of Jewish philosophy and director of the Finkelstein Institute, JTS. Group study will take place after each presentation.

Light refreshments will be served and free travel mugs will be given to the first fifty participants. Attendees are also invited to bring their own travel mugs to help create a zero-waste event. RSVPs are required by Monday, April 20, by clicking here. Further information is available by calling Tova Tolman at (212) 678-8839.