Jessica Haller and Rabbi Joshua Ratner

Does Caring for Creation Mean Caring About Climate Change?

See this in my timzoneTeaching in English at 1:00pm EST | Presented by Hazon

Caring for Creation is a core value in Judaism. Rabbi Josh Ratner and Jessica Haller, dedicated board members of Hazon, will dive into key Jewish texts like bal tashchit, exploring how text learning directly connects to and informs our response to climate change today. Join them in looking at how stewardship of the environment is both profoundly modern and deeply traditional in Judaism. Learn about our Jewish relationship to nature and discover real ways for you to act on climate change.

jessica-hallerJessica Haller is an environmental professional and sustainability champion. As a Leader with The Climate Reality Project, she has engaged hundreds of people on climate issues through presentations and local action. She serves on the board of Hazon, the Riverdale Nature Preservancy, and the advisory board of Eden Village Camp. Jessica’s involvement in sustainability is local and global – from chairing the steering committee for the Riverdale YMCA Sunday Market, to being a delegate for the UNDP–ARC conference “Many Heavens, One Earth” at Windsor Castle in England. She currently runs the expense management company Itemize.

Jessica is a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council, she holds a MPA from Columbia University’s program in Environmental Science and Policy, and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

joshua-ratnerRabbi Joshua Ratner is the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven and as Associate Rabbi of the Joseph Slifka Center For Jewish Life at Yale University. Additionally he serves on the board for Hazon. Josh served as the rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Cheshire, CT, from 2012-2014. Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2012, he was a Joseph Neubauer Fellow and also earned a Master’s Degree in Midrash and a Certificate in Pastoral Care. As a student he travelled with the AJWS Rabbinical School Delegation and was part of CLAL’s Rabbis Without Borders fellowship.

Josh believes that Judaism offers a unique language and wisdom for addressing environmental stewardship and food justice. Inspired by Hazon’s successes, he looks forward to playing a leading role in Jewish sustainability. Josh is married to Dr. Elena Ratner and they are the proud parents of Dimitri, Eli, Gabby and Sasha.