When L’Dor VaDor Feels Uncertain: Talking to Young Children About Climate Change

January 28, 2021 Free 0
(Photo: ChristinaFelsing/iStock)
(Photo: ChristinaFelsing/iStock)

How do we talk to our youngest children and students about climate change? How do we answer their questions? How can Judaism and Jewish practice be a source of comfort? What inner work do we need to do in order to be wholeheartedly present for children in this time of social and ecological upheaval? How can we build resilience and a sense of belonging in us and our children so that we can spiritually sustain ourselves no matter what lies ahead?

We acknowledge that many are wrestling with the question of whether to have children at this time in history, and others are struggling with conceiving or adopting a child. All adults are welcome in this session, whether or not you are currently parenting young children.

Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman serves on the faculty of Hebrew College and is a rabbinic consultant to Dayenu: A Jewish Call for Climate Action. She is a contributing author to “Rooted & Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Yes! Magazine. She co-wrote “The Tide Is Rising,” a climate anthem that has spread widely in the movement. Prior to teaching at Hebrew College, she was a congregational rabbi for five years. She is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, JOIN for Justice and Oberlin College, and lives in Boston with her husband and son.

Eric Feld is a third-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College. He is also the assistant director of Genesis at Brandeis University, teaches Parenting Through a Jewish Lens with Hebrew College and is the rabbinic intern with the Hillel Council of New England. Eric is passionate about teaching Jewish perspectives on parenting and healthy communities, as well as raising Jewish children in an interfaith home. Prior to rabbinical school, he was a community sustainability planner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Eric and his wife are currently living in Maine with their two young children and two dogs.

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