Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and executive director of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, engages in a speaking tour in North America and Europe once a year on faith and ecology. He is also prepared to discuss his experience in promoting interfaith cooperation on environmental sustainability, and explore why this is crucial for us and our children to inherit a liveable planet. If you are interested in him speaking at your institution (house of worship, school, other), please contact us.
2012 Speaking Tour in the United States and England
Rabbi Neril conducted a speaking tour on faith and the environment in December 2012 in the United States and England. Between Nov. 29th and December 28th, 2012, he spoke at various institutions in New Jersey, New York City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and England. For information about the speaking tour, see below. For longer descriptions and directions, click on the links.
Shabbat speaker at Temple Sholom, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, Friday November 30th at 8 pm: Hurricane Sandy and Hope for the Future: A Jewish Perspective. More information is available here.
Scholar-in-residence at Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, New Jersey. More information is available here. R’ Neril presented three sessions: 1) Friday, December 7th at 7 pm: Jewish Teachings on Environmental Sustainability in Light of Hurricane Sandy 2) Saturday morning, December 8th. before Shabbat services (from 9-9:45 am): How Can the Light of Chanuka Inspire Us Toward Ecological Sustainability? 3) Saturday morning after Shabbat services at 12:30 pm: Israel’s Innovation in Water and Energy Use and its Basis in Jewish Teachings.
Guest Speaker at Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, California, Monday December 10th, 11:30 am to 1 pm, ” Environmental Sustainability and Interfaith Eco Cooperation in the Holy Land. For more information, click here.
Panel Speaker at The Commonwealth Club of California, Wednesday, December 12th at 12 pm in San Francisco, as part of an interfaith panel on “Congregation Power” together with Rev. Sally Bingham, founder and director of Interfaith Power and Light. For more information, click here.
Guest Speaker at The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, Danville, California, December 18th at 3 pm and December 22nd at 12 pm: Hurricane Sandy and Hope for the Future: A Jewish Persepctive.
Invited Presenter at Limmud Conference, Warwick University, England, Monday December 24 to Thursday, December 27th. More information is available here.
R’ Neril taught four sessions, on the following four topics: 1. A Jewish Approach to Sustainable Resource Use. 2. How can the Light of Chanuka Inspire Us as Stewards of the Planet? 3. Eco-Revelation for the Post-Industrial Jew 4. How Interfaith Eco Cooperation Can Help Save the Earth.
Future Tour of Interfaith Panel on Faith and Ecology
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development aims to undertake a North American Speaking Tour on Interfaith Environmental Perspectives. The project will involve a panel of three religious figures speaking as interfaith panels on environmental sustainability based on teachings from their religious tradition. The panels will appear at community wide events at a range of secular and religious institutions that will be open to the general public.
The tour will likely include New York City, northern New Jersey, Toronto, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and possibly other cities. The religious leaders will be in each city for about two days, for a total tour duration of 10 days. This events will likely generate significant public and media interest.