Jewish climate activists in Southern California gather, strategize, mobilize


Jewish Californians are taking on the forces of climate denial and delay. On May 5, 2024, nearly 100 climate-concerned Californians gathered at Temple Israel in Hollywood, LA to launch an effort to stop a November ballot measure to reinstate neighborhood oil and gas drilling.  

The Jewish climate gathering, organized by Dayenu and the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism – California, prepared attendees to keep SB1137 from being overturned in the November election. SB1137, passed in 2022, establishes a safety zone between oil and gas drilling and homes, schools, and hospitals. The fossil fuel industry is spending millions of dollars to try to overturn the law in a ballot referendum in November. 

Among the highlights:

  • Chief of Staff Caleb Rabinowitz spoke on behalf of Assemblymember Isaac Bryan, who is a leader in the fight to protect communities from harmful oil drilling. Bryan delivered the keynote via video address.
  • Activists from various organizations — including Dayenu, the RAC, and IKAR — discussed how to take the campaign to keep SB1137 back to their communities. Grassroots organizations are working to ensure that constituents understand the reality of the law, and get out to vote.
  • The gathering offered music, art, and ritual to inspire and resource climate activists. People enjoyed decorating signs that make it clear: “Keep drilling out of California communities!”
All photos: Hannah Benet / Survival Media Agency


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