Climate Rally Tomorrow

  Last modified on December 4th, 2019

Two dozen organizations have joined forces to create the newly formed Jewish Climate Coalition, spearheaded by its steering committee of Hazon, Jewish Climate Action Network NYC, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. The organizations will march together in the Global Climate Strike on September 20th, to raise a moral call for transformative action and ask our leaders to aggressively reduce carbon emissions. Other organizations are welcome and encouraged to join the coalition and can do so online.

Prior to the march, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan will host the Jewish Climate Coalition’s pre-rally gathering on September 20 at 9:30 a.m., featuring Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, state director of the Sunrise Movement Miles Goodrich, teen and young adult speakers, and sign-making, using recycled materials. It is free and open to the public to attend, though advance registration is requested. Additionally, the JCC will host a pop-up “take action” station in the week leading up to the climate strike, and will hold several other related programs. A complete list and registration links are below.

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“We are proud to combine efforts with other Jewish organizations to demand that the climate crisis is addressed and are pleased to host a special pre-rally gathering at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan,” said Rabbi Joy Levitt, executive director of the JCC. “It is an honor to welcome Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to our community to spotlight this important issue.”

“As a Jewish community, we have to stand up and act as part of the global response to the climate emergency,” said Ace Leveen of the Jewish Climate Action Network NYC. “There is no better time than now, the month of Elul, leading into the Jewish High Holidays.”

Community Pre-Rally Gathering
Join the Jewish Climate Coalition in the JCC’s lobby to hear Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and teen speakers. Make signs for the climate strike and take the subway together as a group to Foley Square for the march.
Friday, September 20, 9:30 a.m., free and open to the community

Global Climate Strike
This event will begin at Foley Square, and the march will conclude in Battery Park with speakers and performers. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish founder of the Fridays For Future movement, and New York–based youth leaders will speak.
Friday, September 20, Noon, free and open to the community

Shabbat Shabbang Jr. Dinner
Geared toward families with children of all ages, this dinner will be themed around the environment with delicious food, Shabbat rituals, and more.
Friday, September 20, 6 p.m., $18 per person (children under 2 free)

Havdalah for the Earth and Air
The day after the Global Climate Strike, come together in community with people dedicated to the earth and climate change for Havdalah, song, and a s’lichot-infused night of dedication and connection.
Saturday, September 21, 8:30 p.m., free

“Cooked: Survival by Zip Code” Film Screening
In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries—disaster preparedness. Along the way, she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity, and the politics of “disaster,” daring to ask: What if a zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence? Screening followed by Q+A with Helfand.

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