This month we’re talking about climate change, grief, and how the Jewish community is and can respond to climate change.
Today’s Let’s Talk Climate episode features Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder & CEO of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, Connie Burns, LPC at Spiritual Paths Counseling, and James L Fleming, MD, Chair, Caucus on Climate Change and Mental Health at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), in conversation with Ani Fete Crews, Director of Blessed Tomorrow at ecoAmerica.
Our Second Fridays programming continued in February with Talking Climate: Grief. This event took place on February 12, 2021.
As we confront the compounding crises of the global pandemic, racial inequality, and climate, grief has become a shared condition. Further, the deferral and suppression of grief and other powerful, painful emotions have long contributed to the astounding gap between the percentage of US adults who are worried about the climate crisis—66% in December 2020—and who speak about it with any regularity—6%. This gap must be closed.
Expert panelists Shahzeen Attari, researcher at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Mary Annaïse Heglar, writer and co-creator and co-host of the Hot Take podcast and newsletter, and Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu discussed the layered and collective burdens of loss and trauma in communities across the US, and the weight of their impacts on marginalized communities.
During Beth El Congregation’s virtual Tu B’Shevat Seder, Rabbi Dana Saroken invited Rabbi Jennie Rosenn (Founder and CEO of Dayenu) to discuss how we can confront the climate crisis with Jewish values and spirit.
This week’s guest, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, discusses Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action. Dayenu is building a movement of American Jews confronting the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. Dayenu mobilizes Jewish support for climate solutions, builds collective power with national and global movements, and raises up a spiritual, religious, and moral voice.
Dayenu founder and CEO Rabbi Jennie Rosenn was featured in Avodah’s video series, Speak Torah to Power about her journey to becoming a dedicated climate activist.
In this profound and beautiful conversation, we talk with Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO of Dayenu - a movement of American Jews confronting the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. She shares powerful stories from the Jewish faith - which provide insight, light and courage in facing dark times. She also shares rituals from the Jewish tradition that help to navigate grief, fight for justice, and honor the historic journey of Jews from oppression and slavery, through years in the wilderness, and ultimately to freedom. Her wisdom will inspire you regardless of your religion or lack thereof.