Reform movement gets greener

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Reform movement launched a new "green" initiative.

Greening Reform Judaism is a new comprehensive Web resource on greening and other environmental issues for use by the movement’s 900 congregations and members in the United States and Canada.

The Web portal includes educational curricula, tools for an energy audit, best practices from "green synagogues," environmental holiday guides, and resources on Israel and the environment. The site also connects visitors to the environmental advocacy work of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center and resources from other environmental organizations.

“Climate change is the crisis of our time, and we must confront this challenge in our individual and communal lives,” said Rabbi Marla Feldman, director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, in a statement. “While many of us have already begun to take steps, much work remains to be done to assist our congregations in managing their synagogue facilities and developing the mechanisms and resources to face environmental challenges.”

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