Introducing Aytzim: Ecological Judaism..the Green Zionist Alliance
“Think of a desert: It looks barren — but a little bit of water completely changes everything. That’s a nice metaphor for what we are trying to do — be that little bit of change, the one drop of water that makes all the difference.”— Rabbi Michael Cohen, co-founder of the Green Zionist Alliance
Since our founding in 2001, the Green Zionist Alliance has successfully worked for the declaration of new nature preserves, the planting of millions of trees, and the construction of hundreds of miles of bike trails. But today we are proud to announce a large expansion in our work. And with that we have a new name: Aytzim: Ecological Judaism.
The Green Zionist Alliance, a North America-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, offers a place for all people — regardless of political or religious affiliation — who care about humanity’s responsibility to preserve the Earth and the special responsibility of the Jewish people to preserve the ecology of Israel. The GZA works to educate and mobilize people around the world for Israel’s environment; to protect Israel’s environment and support its environmental movement; to improve environmental practices within the World Zionist Organization and its constituent agencies; and to inspire people to work for positive change. By focusing on the environment while working from a pluralistic and multicultural base, the Green Zionist Alliance seeks to bridge the differences between and within religions and people — helping to build a peaceful and sustainable future for Israel and the Middle East.
Who We Are
Our members, volunteers and leaders come from across the political and religious spectra. We care deeply about the country, the people and the land of Israel, and we are dedicated to working toward a sustainable future. We work closely with a broad coalition of Jewish and environmental organizations and leaders in Israel and around the world to ensure that our policies complement local initiatives.
The Green Zionist Alliance was founded in 2001 primarily by Dr. Alon Tal, Rabbi Michael Cohen and Dr. Eilon Schwartz, along with many other volunteers, including Alison Hill and current GZA leader David Krantz. In 2006 the GZA incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
What We Do
Educate within the Diaspora about Israel’s environment and the Israeli environmental movement, through educational programming and resources for individuals, schools, and community groups, including:
- The environmental speakers bureau, providing experts available to speak on many eco-Jewish and Israeli environmental topics;
- Disseminate environmental information to expand interest among a growing community of Jews concerned about the environment in Israel and the Middle East;
- Direct-education programming for teen and adult groups;
- Dissemination of educational resources on Israel’s environment.
Support Israel’s environment and its environmental movement, through increased exposure to their organizations and missions.
Provide a conduit for the Israeli environment movement to conduct educational and advocacy campaigns in the Diaspora;
Coordinate/promote eco-trips to Israel for a variety of audiences including teens, adults and funders;
Assist organizations in establishing Diaspora boards and support organizations.
Influence Israel’s environmental policies through increased representation in the World Zionist Congress and its constituent agencies.
Work within the structure of the World Zionist Congress to legislate policy for the Jewish Agency, World Zionist Organization and KKL-JNF;
Work with Zionist organizations and world Zionist federations to raise environmental awareness and integrate environmental concerns into their missions and platforms;
Mobilize a voice for Diaspora Jewry on important environmental issues.
The Green Zionist Alliance (GZA) was founded in 2001 by Alon Tal, Eilon Schwartz and Rabbi Michael Cohen, with a large team of other volunteers, including Adam Werbach, Devra Davis and current Aytzim leadership. In 2002 it became the first environmental party at the World Zionist Congress, where it has had elected representation since. Through this process, the organization succeeded in the appointment of environmental leaders, including Tal and Schwartz, to the board of the Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael (KKL / Jewish National Fund in Israel). Today, Aytzim representation includes Tal and Orr Karassin.
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the GZA is in da house..
“The Green Zionist Alliance, a North America-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, offers a place for all people — regardless of political or religious affiliation — who care about humanity’s responsibility to preserve the Earth and the special responsibility of the Jewish people to preserve the ecology of Israel.”
that logo gives off a weird vibe..