The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our lifetimes. Confronting it demands all of us working together to reimagine and build a different kind of world — one that is just, equitable, and livable for us and for generations to come. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage our country, we must rebuild in a way that mitigates against future disasters. Here’s Dayenu’s roadmap for how the American Jewish community can help build such a world:
Advance comprehensive climate policy. We’re mobilizing Jewish support for critical federal and state climate policies that create the structural change we need, including clean energy and transportation initiatives that cut emissions, create jobs, and prioritize vulnerable communities. As our country recovers from the coronavirus, we can't afford to rebuild the same polluting, inequitable, and fragile economy as before. We urge candidates and elected officials to take bold action to ensure that all of us -- and future generations -- can live healthy, safe and economically secure lives. We take inspiration and leadership from communities that are directly impacted by, and most vulnerable to, the climate crisis.
Mobilize the American Jewish community for bold political action. We show up when communities on the frontlines of the crisis need support, when students strike, when Congress is positioned to pass a bill, and when the broader climate movement lifts up its collective voice.
Press candidates and elected officials to take real action. We build relationships with elected officials and candidates for office to make sure they know where we stand. We educate them — and voters — about what’s at stake, and we challenge them to be bold leaders in pursuit of climate solutions. For example, as part of our Chutzpah 2020 campaign, we mobilized hundreds of Jewish volunteers to contact more than 800,000 climate-concerned voters in key states. And post-election, you can join the Chutzpah campaign as we urge the Biden Administration and Members of Congress to take seven specific climate actions.
End fossil fuel finance. Fossil fuel companies own massive oil, gas, and coal reserves that must stay underground and unburned if we are going to avoid irreversible, devastating climate change. That’s why we’re joining with partners to launch a campaign to end financial backing for the fossil fuel industry, focused on re-aligning Jewish institutional investments and calling on banks and investment houses like JP Morgan Chase and BlackRock to stop financing extraction.
If you feel anxious, fearful, or sad about the climate crisis, or worried about how it might impact you, your family or community, you are not alone.
Dayenu supports people to confront the reality of the climate crisis and to grapple with the deep spiritual and existential questions it raises. Rooted in Jewish wisdom, tradition, ritual, and voice, we provide pathways for people to confront and move through feelings of fear, anxiety, and powerlessness. Through workshops, resources, and convenings, we support people and communities to consider what it means to live, parent, come of age, and lead in this frightening time and to move from fear and anxiety to courageous action.
Confronting the Climate Crisis and Cultivating Spiritual Courage is Dayenu’s new workshop that we are currently piloting in 10 communities across the country. Rooted in Jewish teachings and the wisdom of The Work That Reconnects, the workshop supports people to confront the pain and anxiety of the crisis and begin to move towards a sense of grounded hope and courageous action.
Confronting the Climate Crisis and Cultivating Spiritual Courage is facilitated by trained Dayenu staff and clergy, and it is adaptable for different time frames, generations, and types of Jewish communities. This summer (2021), we will be expanding beyond our pilot communities.
If you are interested in learning more and exploring the possibility of bringing the workshop to your community, please fill out this form.
Building a Movement
We’re building a multi-generational movement of American Jews to courageously confront the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. We bring Jewish history and experience, teachings and tradition, and faith and song to our work and the broader movement.
Aligned with a nationwide network of Jewish and interfaith grassroots environmental groups, we strengthen our movement's capacity, and the entire Jewish community's capacity, to engage in strategic national climate advocacy.
Join our growing online community by liking our facebook page, and following us on twitter and instagram. We're connecting and mobilizing the movement online and off, using digital technologies to empower the movement everywhere in the nation.
Join or start a Dayenu Circle. Dayenu Circles are small groups of 5-10 people who meet at least once monthly to engage in Dayenu-led climate campaigns and efforts, and to grapple with the deep spiritual and existential questions raised by the climate crisis. A Dayenu Circle can be your friends, family, or neighbors coming together in a living room, a group of students on your campus, or members at your synagogue or JCC taking action together. We’ll provide the training, support, and resources and connect you to other Circles in your area. You don’t need to be a climate expert to start one — you just have to want to do something about the climate crisis. If you or a group you are part of is interested in starting a Dayenu Circle, you can drop us an email or check out our Dayenu Circle resources here.
Join the Dayenu National Hub. If you represent a national or state-level Jewish organization, we invite you to join the Dayenu National Hub. Dayenu will share information about upcoming federal and state climate legislation and provide action opportunities for you, your members, and your community. Get in touch if your organization wants to join or find out more about the Hub.