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Temple Rodef Shalom

jackie, March 4, 2019

 

Over the years, members of Temple Rodef Shalom cultivated an informal group that meets to discuss the connection between religion and stewardship. The group grew out of a shared desire to ponder questions that are often overlooked in services and educational classes. They wanted the time to think and learn together about creation care.

When the group first formed, Cantor Rachel Rhodes helped bring foundational Jewish texts and ideas to the class. But now the group is casual and self taught with members bringing in contemporary articles and ideas. The group emphasizes viewing climate change from a moral perspective as they all agree caring for the earth is not political but rather an ethical and moral part of their lives. Their group has 15 people that come and go and encourages congregations to also take on such a group. They believe all can benefit from discussion with or without a professional background in environmental topics. Their group consists of professionals in environmental offices to gardeners, all are welcome at the table. Change happens from learning and growing together.

The Temple leadership has also listened to the voices of members to help guide their work. As they undergo an addition to their Temple they are doing a feasibility study to determine if the roof can have solar panels installed. To their Temple the panels will serve as witness to their focus on creation care.