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Rabbi Ellen Bernstein Describes an Ecotheology for All

It’s not every day we are blessed to hear from one of the leaders of the religious ecology movement. Recently, Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, the birth mother of Jewish environmentalism, gave a talk at the Chautauqua Institution. Titled “A Creator God and a Sense of Place: A Jewish Ecotheology,” Bernstein’s talk shed light on a universal version of […]

September 15th

Jews, Judaism, and Genetically Modified Crops

About a year ago, EdenKeeper published an article discussing the Jewish perspective on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We acknowledged the benefits and risks and concluded by asking a simple question: do GMOs help Jews create a more perfect world? Roger Price, an attorney and founder of the wonderful site, Judaism and Science, took a slightly different look. […]

March 9th

This Year’s Yom Kippur Services Influenced by Pope

Today, Jews around the world will celebrate Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year in Judaism. For millenia, Jews have marked the occasion by fasting, attending services, and refraining from certain activities. The purpose of the traditions is to atone for sins against God. But some Jews are doing things […]

September 23rd

Infographic: An Interfaith Call for Climate Action

This material was originally published by the Center for American Progress By Lauren Kokum Religious leaders and people of faith have long believed that caring for creation and the planet’s precious resources is an issue of basic justice. Pope Francis articulated the moral crisis of climate change in his highly anticipated encyclical, “Laudato Si,” and […]

July 1st

Jewish Beliefs About GMOs

Photo by Miran Rijavec available on Flickr Like most environmental issues, the growing supply of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food raises many concerns. Although GMO crops can feed more people, they also put people’s health at risk and degrade the environment. Small farmers can make more money growing and selling more crops, but buying GMO seeds […]

June 9th

Why Religion Matters to the Sustainable Food Movement

  The connections between religious traditions and food usually come to us as proscriptions: Jews and Muslims can’t eat pork, Hindus can’t eat beef and other meats, and Catholics should avoid meat on Fridays during Lent. Dr. Rachel Kohn, a radio host on Australia’s ABC network recently discussed Sydney’s FoodFaith event which considered why religion […]

Sacred Jordan River Gets Help From EcoPeace

Gathering in San Francisco for an interfaith workshop on the environment, EcoPeace members shared their excellent example of bridge building between diverse religious groups for the joint care of natural resources, especially the Jordan River. The workshop, entitled Global Greening Through the Grassroots, was organized by United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith network with […]

April 13th

We Need a Map: Navigation, Travel, and World-Making

  Lately, in the house, we’ve found a number of maps. In the attic, my girlfriend found a series of old framed ones, in another language, depicting lands with names we have yet to decipher. Lying nearby, we saw some educational maps, also old, but somewhat more recent; in an endearingly dated way, they refer […]

March 20th