Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition

The Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition is a network of Jewish community organizations who recognize the existential threat and moral urgency of climate change and commit to take action.   

The potential power of our community’s collective action is immense. By working together, the impacts of individual organizations will be amplified, rippling throughout networks, neighborhoods, and beyond. 

Coalition Overview

The Coalition is a network of Jewish community organizations who fill out, submit, and implement Climate Action Plans annually. Climate Action Plans are filled out and submitted online through the Climate Action Plan submission form. The form outlines the strategic priorities of your organization’s climate work by detailing actions taken to date and setting goals for both reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mobilizing your broader networks around climate action in the coming year.   

When organizations join the Coalition, their chief executive or rabbi affirms the urgency of acting on the climate crisis and designates a staff liaison to coordinate their organization’s climate action work.   

Adamah provides structure, guidance, resources, and financial support in the forms of grants and loans to help your organization in creating and implementing your Climate Action Plan.

Jewish organizations everywhere are invited to join the Coalition. There is no cost to membership. 

Coalition Members 

Founding Partners 

In spring 2022, twenty major umbrella Jewish organizations joined the Coalition as founding partners and signed a founding statement, demonstrating broad consensus that the Jewish community is ready and capable of taking collective climate action. These organizations are working to mobilize and support their networks in taking meaningful action around climate.     

Click here to read the Founding Partner’s 2024 Climate Action Plans.  

Coalition Members

Since launching the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition, hundreds of synagogues, summer camps, JCCs, federations, Hillels, and others have joined.  

Click here to see the full list of Coalition members who have already committed to climate action.

Climate Action 

For Coalition members, Adamah is developing resources and partnerships to support two focused areas of climate work: achieving organizational net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and engaging the broader Jewish community in climate action.   

Getting to Net-Zero Emissions 

We have identified four steps, through which an organization can ultimately achieve net-zero GHG emissions. They are: 

  • Source Clean Electricity: Purchase clean electricity from the grid, or produce your own with solar. 
  • Go Electric: Make a plan that documents all non-electric appliances (e.g. gas furnaces and boilers) and when they will expire. Start planning now for how to replace them with electric versions. 
  • Further Reduce Emissions: Make energy efficiency retrofits; adjust food and travel practices; and manage natural resources to sequester carbon through nature-based solutions. 
  • Offset Emissions That Can’t Be Reduced: Some GHG emissions are unavoidable. For those that cannot be eliminated, purchase vetted carbon offsets. 

Expanding Impact 

The steps above can save money, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and make our organizations more sustainable and resilient. When we pair reducing our emissions with activities that amplify our climate action work beyond the walls of our institutions, our impact can be even greater.   

  • Education and Nature Connection: Engage communities through programs, celebrations, and learning moments that ground us in our connection with Earth and inspire collective action.  
  • Advocacy: Advocate for climate-smart policies. 
  • Finance: Choose organizational investments, endowments, and banking relationships based on their climate impacts.  

Program Structure 

All members of the Coalition commit to filling out, submitting, and implementing a Climate Action Plan annually. Climate Action Plans detail climate actions taken to date and set goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the coming year. Climate Action Plans are shared annually around Tu B’Shvat (January/February).    

There are no minimum requirements for Climate Action Plans.   

Adamah supports Coalition members in the following ways, so you can confidently commit to climate action: 

Workshops and Seminars

Each month, Adamah will host workshops and seminars designed to support your climate action planning. Topics will include:  

  • Climate Action Planning
  • Funding Climate Action
  • Generating and Buying Clean Electricity 
  • Carbon Offsets: What are they? How to get them? Do they work? 
  • Food and Food Waste: Eating your way to reduced GHG emissions  
  • Youth in Action: Working with Gen-Z for institutional change

Communities of Practice  

From synagogues to Federations, day schools to Hillels, youth movements to rabbinical schools, Adamah connects Coalition members with a community of practice, which meet 4x/year. Communities of practice, often facilitated in partnership with one of the founding partners, afford Coalition members opportunities to network, inspire, learn, and share best practices with colleagues in similar organizations.  

Office Hours and Consultation  

Twice a month, an Adamah staff person holds office hours and is available for Coalition members to drop in and ask questions or seek support. Different Adamah staff members bring specific areas of climate expertise, and will be listed on the office hours schedule.  

Climate Action Fund  

Coalition members are eligible to apply for interest-free loans and matching grants through Adamah to support your efforts to get to net-zero GHG emissions. Join the Coalition to be eligible to pursue these funding opportunities! Click on “the “Climate Action Fund” from the menu on the left for more details.

Climate Action Fund

Coalition members are eligible to apply for interest-free loans and matching grants through Adamah to support their efforts to get to net-zero GHG emissions through projects that source clean electricity, increase electrification, or enhance energy efficiency. Interest-free loans of up to $100,000, with a five year pay-back, and matching grants of up to $10,000 are available.

There are regionally specific opportunities for Coalition member organizations based in Orange County, CA and Coalition member synagogues, day schools, and yeshivot in parts of NY. See more details here.

The next deadline for open grant and loan opportunities is November 8, 2024. Join the Coalition to be in the loop when new deadlines are announced and to be eligible to pursue these funding opportunities! See more details here; note that the full details and applications are available to Coalition members.

ADAMAH CELEBRATES THE RECIPIENTS OF GRANTS AND LOANS FROM THE CLIMATE ACTION FUND!
Collectively, these Coalition members have received $196,550 in grants and $549,359 in loans to reduce their GHG emissions! Projects include solar installations, lighting efficiency, appliance electrification, and more.

Beth El Congregation of the South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA
Beth Israel Congregation, Ann Arbor, MI
Camp Tawonga, San Francisco, CA
Congregation Agudath Israel, Caldwell, NJ
Congregation Beth Am Israel, Wynnewood, PA
Congregation Beth Israel, Austin, TX
Congregation B’nai Israel, Tustin, CA
Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos, CA
David Posnack JCC, Davie, FL
Edward A. Myerberg Senior Center, Baltimore, MD
Friedel Jewish Academy, Omaha, NE
Habonim Dror Camp Galil, Ottsville, PA
The Jewish Community of Amherst, Amherst, MA
Merage JCC of Orange County, Irvine, CA
Michael-Ann Russell JCC, North Miami Beach, FL
Portland Jewish Academy, Portland, OR
Repair the Sea – Tikkun HaYam, Tampa, FL
Shir Shalom VT, Woodstock, VT
Siegel JCC Delaware, Wilmington, DE
Temple Beth El of South Orange County, Aliso Viejo, CA
Temple B’nai Israel, Kalamazoo, MI
Temple B’nai Tikvah, Calgary, AB
Temple Emanu-El, Sandy Springs, GA
Temple Israel of Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
Temple Judea of Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, CA
Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, Encino, CA
Westchester Jewish Center, Mamaroneck, NY
Westchester Torah Academy, New Rochelle, NY
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, New York, NY

Info Sessions 

If you’re ready, go ahead and join the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition! But if you’d like to learn more, one of our info sessions is a great option.

We currently don’t have live info sessions schedule, but you can watch a recording of a past info session and/or see the info session presentation slides shared during the presentation.

Or, schedule a one-on-one info session with our Program Coordinator, Stacy Abrams here.

Info sessions cover: a brief reflection on why taking climate action is critical in the Jewish community, what the Coalition is, what “climate action” and membership in the Coalition mean, and the support and benefits available to Coalition members.

If you have questions, contact us at coalition@adamah.org.

FAQs 

Who can join the Coalition?
This sounds great! Can I join at any time? When do we start?
What does a Climate Action Plan look like?
When is my Climate Action Plan due? Why are Climate Action Plans due at Tu B’Shvat?
How long is membership in the Coalition?
What is the anticipated time commitment for Coalition members?
Is there a cost to join the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition?
Will there be funding available to support climate action work?
How can my organization set itself up for success?
My organization does not own (or even use!) a building. Can we still join the Coalition?
Ahh! I am excited and overwhelmed; inspired and daunted! Can you help me?
Wait! I still have questions!   

Please contact us a coalition@adamah.org. We look forward to connecting with you! 

Coalition Member Resources

Members of the Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition commit to filling out, submitting, and implementing an organizational Climate Action Plan each year. We are here to help you and to make that process as simple and meaningful as possible. 

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Your gift supports our work to build a national coalition of Jewish organizations that recognize the existential threat and moral urgency of the climate crisis and commit to take action.

Our climate team at Adamah provides resource guides and learning sessions, one-on-one consulting, and financial support through interest-free loans and matching grants.