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Aytzim: Ecological Judaism (Green Zionist Alliance, Inc.)

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Causes: Education, Environment

Mission: Aytzim (meaning "trees" in Hebrew) is a New York-based secular, progressive and pluralistic Jewish environmental organization that is a U.S.-registered 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit charity, incorporated as the Green Zionist Alliance.

Aytzim has three projects:

* Green Zionist Alliance: The Grassroots Campaign for a Sustainable Israel

The Green Zionist Alliance works to protect and educate about the environment of Israel and the Middle East.

* Jewcology: Home of the Jewish Environmental Movement

With more than 1000 blog posts, pedagogical materials, a job board, and an interactive map of Jewish-environmental initiatives, Jewcology.org is the largest online resource for information on Jewish environmentalism.

* Shomrei Breishit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth

More than 100 Jewish clergy, including chief rabbis from around the world, have joined this environmental-advocacy group that Aytzim runs in partnership with GreenFaith.

Geographic areas served: North America, Israel and worldwide

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Wendy Kenin

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GZA is the true voice of the Jewish eco movement worldwide in relationship with Israel.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very glad that Green Zionist Alliance (GZA) exists. It is a leading group in increasing awareness of Israeli environmental problems and in efforts to improve Israel’s environment. While most groups that are involved with Israel pay little attention to Israel’s environment, GZA helps keep it on the agenda. GZA has helped Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael (Israel’s Jewish National Fund) to save open spaces, prevent destructive projects, install more efficient energy devices, and in general to green Israel.

I am proud that I have been involved in promoting GZA in recent years and that I have been able to help get their message to a wider public.

I am especially proud that I was on GZA’s delegation to the 2010 World Jewish Congress in Jerusalem. Without GZA’s input, there would have been no discussion of Israel’s environment at all. Because of their involvement, resolutions were passed on many issues related to Israel’s environment, including saving water and energy, abating climate change, incorporating environmental education into the immigration absorption experience, and having healthier foods served at future Congress events.

In conclusion, GZA is playing a very important role in improving Israel’s environment, one that will be more and more important as Israel increasingly faces widening environmental and climate change threats.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am personally committed to Israel and the environment, but never thought to combine the two. GZA was the right platform to broaden my environmental work and affect meaningful change abroad.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A grassroots campaign to help Israel's environment,and achieving real changes on the ground in Israel. Well done GZA! Every volunteer can really make a big difference, so join in and help.