Interfaith Tu b’Shvat

Interfaith Tu b’Shvat

Members of Congregation Agudath Israel’s (CAI) Environmental Committee and St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church’s Green Team co-sponsored a program on Jan. 24 titled “Climate Change — Science, Realities, and Concerns: What Can We Do?” The program was presented by Gregg Mattison of William Paterson University. In addition, Rabbi Alan Silverstein and Msgr. Michael Desmond shared excerpts from Genesis reminding us of our obligation to care for our planet.

This meaningful and relevant program was planned to celebrate Tu b’Shvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees. The turnout was close to 100 people and included congregants, local government officials, and members of the community. 

Mattison was mesmerizing; he was informative and thought-provoking as he detailed the continued rise in CO2 emissions and the impact on climate change. We learned that the conversion to solar and wind power is more effective and less expensive now and is being adopted all over the world. We have a limited window in upcoming years to halt carbon emissions or future generations will face a precarious future.

Edna Alberts
Member, CAI Jewish Environmental Committee

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