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MLK WEEKEND & TU B'SHVAT

Saturday, January 15 - Monday, January 17, 2022

Weekend
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Events
for Adults
Event
for Kids


To take advantage of the unusual alignment of these two holidays, the Social Action and Green Committees have planned a weekend of events to reflect common themes. Come celebrate the rich variety of Jewish cultures around the world and their relationship to trees and fruit, and reflect on the racial justice impact of climate change. 

 

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated.
We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects
one directly, affects all indirectly.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
December 24, 1967
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta

 

Summary of Weekend

Shabbat Morning Shabbat Afternoon Sunday Morning Monday Afternoon

Advancing Global Climate Change Policies that Reflect Ethical and Jewish Values

David Waskow, Darshan
Director, International Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute

David is one of the key international NGO leaders of the Climate Justice Dialogue, which addresses climate change impacts and equity issues. 

Registration for in-person required.
In person and on Zoom (Webinar)

SHALEM: The Challenge of Climate Change, Sustainability & Food Insecurity in Black Communities

A panel of experts will continue the climate change discussion and learn about how community activists are building resilience.

Zoom only (Webinar)

Jews in Cuba in the Shadow of the Pandemic and Embargo

David Prinstein, Speaker
President, Jewish Communities of Cuba

David Prinstein will share the unique history and current state of the Cuban Jewish community. He will also discuss projects to maintain this small yet indefatigable group.

Register here.
Zoom only (Webinar)

Tu B'Shvat Energy Walk

Parents and children are invited to go on a walk around the neighborhood with a methane sniffer and be "eco-detectives". 

After the walk, children can learn more about Tu B'Shvat on the playground with Rabbi Kelley, and parents can learn about purchasing home energy with Joelle Novey.

Register here.
Outside & weather dependent

Events for Adults

Advancing Global Climate Change Policies that Reflect Ethical and Jewish Values
Saturday, January 15, D'var Torah (approx 11:00 am)
David Waskow, Director of the International Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute

Don't miss out on this informative drash! David is one of the key international NGO leaders of the Climate Justice Dialogue, which addresses climate change impacts and equity issues. He has worked for decades at the intersection of environmental and development issues, with an emphasis on targeting funding and programs to support vulnerable communities. He previously directed climate change policy for Oxfam America, where he worked on redirecting financial resources to increase the participation of and support for vulnerable and marginalized communities. Learn more about David here.

View David's most recent published report on how climate action can help vulnerable populations.

Registration for in-person attendence required.
In person and on Zoom (Webinar)

Questions? Contact Bob Feron.

Join Zoom Webinar: 
https://zoom.us/j/375593166
Meeting ID: 375 593 166
Dial by your location
         301-715-8592 US (Germantown)

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad6kwEd6tg


SHALEM: The Challenge of Climate Change, Sustainability & Food Insecurity in Black Communities
Saturday, January 15 at 1:30 pm

This SHALEM panel will take place via Zoom webinar, and will cover how community activists are building resilience. You are invited to bring questions for the panel of dynamic speakers!

The panel will be moderated by Carla Ellern. Speakers include:

  • Rev. Kendra Smith, Kingdom Fellowship AME Church, Go Ministry
  • Robin Lewis, Director for Climate Equity, Interfaith Power & Light
  • Xavier Brown, DC Government, Small Parks Specialist, and Soilful City (Invited)

Questions? Contact Franca Brilliant.

Join Zoom Webinar: 
https://zoom.us/j/375593166
Meeting ID: 375 593 166
Dial by your location
         301-715-8592 US (Germantown)

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad6kwEd6tg


Jews in Cuba in the Shadow of the Pandemic and Embargo
Co-sponsored by Adas Israel Congregation
Sunday, January 16 at 11:30 am

David Prinstein, President of the Jewish Communities of Cuba, will speak on the current state of the community, projects to maintain its people, and the unique history of this small yet indefatigable group.

The challenges of the pandemic to the American Jewish community are well known. For the Cuban Jewish community, add pandemic-exacerbated food shortages, a collapsing medical system, power blackouts, and a lack of money due to a tightened US-led embargo.

With a restoration of flights from the US and Europe to Cuba, and control of the virus with 95% of the population inoculated with Cuba's homegrown vaccine, there is now an opportunity bring in relief through the Cuba America Jewish Mission. David will speak not only to raise awareness and apprise the audience of the current situation, but also to raise funds for the Cuban Jewish community's pharmacies in Havana and Camaguey which provide a vital service to both Jewish and non-Jewish Cubans.

Learn more and Register here. 
Zoom only

Questions? Contact Devora Kimelman-Block


Tu B'Shvat Energy Walk
Monday, January 17 at 2:00 pm

Parents and children are invited to go on a walk around the neighborhood with a methane sniffer and be "eco-detectives". 

After the walk, the following breakouts will be available:

Parents:
Confused about how to purchase energy and help the climate? Come learn from Joelle Novey of Interfaith Power and Light of the DMV about the best climate-friendly ways to purchase energy for your home. 

Children:
Join Rabbi Kelley on the TI playground to learn about the New Year of the Trees.

Register here.
Outside & weather dependent

Questions? Contact Carla Ellern.
 


Event for Kids

Tu B'Shvat Walk
Monday, January 17 at 2:00 pm
Parents and children are invited to go on a walk around the neighborhood with a methane sniffer and be "eco-detectives". After the walk, children will join Rabbi Kelley on the TI playground to learn about the New Year of the Trees.

Parents who attended the walk will have an opportunity to sit outside with Joelle Novey and learn about purchasing home energy.

Register here.
Outside & weather dependent

Questions? Contact Rabbi Kelley Gludt.

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyyar 5782