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Add an environmental activist to our list!

Tree-hugging is a Jewish value 

Beginning with the commandment for Adam and Eve to protect the Garden of Eden, Jewish tradition teaches that sustaining the health of the earth and all of its living things is a moral imperative.

In celebration of Tu B'Shevat, the "Jewish New Year for trees" on January 29, JWA is honoring Jewish women who have played an important role in the movement to increase environmental consciousness and protect our planet.

A year ago on, we recognized the contributions of Arlene Blum, Betsy Shure Gross, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Leah Koenig, Shelley Morhaim, and Jill Stein. A number of readers wrote in to tell us about other Jewish women environmentalists, including Judith Helfand, Ellen Bernstein, and Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, whose inspiring stories were featured in our most recent e-News letter, which you can view here.

Add an environmental activist to our list!

Do you know a Jewish woman environmentalist deserving recognition?  Tell us about her! Click here to send us her name and a brief description of what she has done for the environment. If possible, please include her contact information and attach a photo. You will see your submission profiled on when we update our Jewish Women in Environmental Activism feature this spring.

Photo by Jari Schroderous.

How to cite this page

Berkenwald, Leah. "Add an environmental activist to our list!." 21 January 2010. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on October 13, 2015) <>.


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