Climate Crisis and Us: Turning Angst to Action
We can feel the record-high temperatures and see the smoke-filled skies. We have witnessed the unprecedented hurricanes and floods. We have heard the staggering predictions of global food shortages and rising sea levels. We understand that the climate crisis is a reproductive justice issue, that it correlates with poor maternal and child health, and that it does not affect all communities equally. We know that without courageous action, we are nearing catastrophe.
And yet we as a people have never shied away from seemingly impossible tasks: We were made for them.
Join national and local environmental experts as we discuss how we can win the race against climate change, fight for environmental justice and protect the most vulnerable women, children and families in New Jersey.
Speakers (as of Sept. 13)
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn is the Founder & CEO of Dayenu, a new organization mobilizing the American Jewish community to confront the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold political action. She has spent more than two decades leading Jewish non-profit organizations, advocating for social change and creating dynamic new initiatives at the heart of the Jewish social justice movement. Before founding Dayenu, she served as vice president for community engagement at HIAS, where she built a robust Jewish movement responding to the global refugee crisis.
Prior to serving at HIAS, Rabbi Rosenn spent nearly a decade growing the Jewish social justice movement as the director of the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. There she built the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and the Selah Leadership Training Program, while spearheading initiatives to cultivate the environmental movement and women as agents of change in Israel.
Rabbi Rosenn has also served as rabbi at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, a founding board member of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and Repair the World, and on the boards of the Jewish Funders Network and New York Jobs with Justice. Rabbi Rosenn was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She has twice been named one of the Forward’s 50 most influential Jews in America, and in 2022 was named one of the top 22 faith leaders to watch by the Center for American Progress.
Frontline Communications with Ironbound Community Corp Environmental Justice (pronouns JV) is a Newark native, first generation child of Andean immigrants. JV has worked in Reproductive Justice in Newark for over 12 years, has been featured in media surrounding the impact of Environmental Racism on Reproductive Health, and has served as a sexuality educator for youth, Spanish speakers, and adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. JV is currently serving on the board of the Masakhane Sex Ed, the Newark Environmental Commission, as Frontline Communications Lead for ICC’s Environmental Justice team, threading together a passion for Environmental Justice and public health.
Please Register Below. Tickets are $32 per person and include a reusable silverware set. In keeping with the spirit of the Lunch & Learn, please bring your own bottle for water.
DATE: Wendesday, November 29
TIME: 12 noon – 2 pm
PLACE: Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston, NJ
REGISTRATION FEE: $32 per person; Chai Circle Members at the Compassionate Level and Above May Attend at No Cost