Temple Bnai Israel and others “sound the call” for climate action

Jewish Leader

Putnam, CT – About 100 area residents and guests of the local Jewish community gathered outdoors at Congregation B’nai Shalom on Sunday afternoon, inspired by Rosh Hashanah— the Jewish New Year–to call for climate justice and stop construction of the nearby proposed Killingly Energy Center gas power plant. A dozen e n v i r o n m e n t a l justice groups, including the Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter, Windham-Willimantic NAACP, and No More Dirty Power Killingly, as well as sixteen rabbis and five regional synagogues endorsed this event, with speakers calling for state officials to withhold permitting for the Killingly plant and to support federal laws and funding for clean renewable energy. Initiated by Willimantic Temple Bnai Israel Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz and his congregation in partnership with the national Jewish organization “Dayenu: A Jewish Call To Climate Action,” the observance was part of a nationwide effort, rooted in Jewish values, to confront the climate crisis and take action to sound the alarm with the traditional shofar–ram’s horn– blasts and to call for action for a future free of fossil fuel use.