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EcoSynagogue Rabbinic Team calls IPCC climate report a ‘Shofar blast’ to remind us of the need to get to Net Zero
10 August 2021
“The stark warnings in the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on Rosh Chodesh Elul, are the Shofar blast we need to remind us that as individuals, as a community and as humanity as a whole, we need to make the changes necessary to get us to Net Zero emissions as soon as possible”
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Leading rabbis from across the community who comprise the Rabbinic Team of EcoSynagogue – a project of the Board of Deputies of British Jews – have responded to the IPCC climate report as follows:

“The stark warnings in the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on Rosh Chodesh Elul, are the Shofar blast we need to remind us that as individuals, as a community and as humanity as a whole, we need to make the changes necessary to get us to Net Zero emissions as soon as possible. EcoSynagogue, a project of the Board of Deputies, has developed tools and resources to help our communities make the switch and we are developing a suite of programmes and events in the lead up to the COP26 Climate Conference that we hope will allow British Jews to play our part in this collective effort. As Hillel said, ‘If not now, when’?”

The Rabbinic Team of EcoSynagogue comprises:

– Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Co-Chair of EcoSynagogue, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK and Rabbi of New North London Synagogue

– Rabbi David Mason, Co-Chair of EcoSynagogue, Senior Rabbi of Muswell Hill United Synagogue

– Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Senior Rabbi of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue

– Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich, Rabbi of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue

Read Rabbi Mason’s article in the Jewish News here.