Kibitznik's Choice: The Gan Project

by Alyssa Goldstein So I may have mentioned once or twice that I have a vague fondness (read: uncontrollable obsession) for gardening. When I heard about the Gan Project, I was understandably excited. Founded in 2010 in Chicago, the Gan Project sought to host discussions, workshops, and provide Jewish environmental education. They also cultivate an […]

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January 14: Murray Bookchin

Leftwing anarchist writer and philospher Murray Bookchin was born in New York to Russian Jewish leftwing immigrants on this date in 1921. Bookchin’s thought followed an arc from Stalinism to Trotskyism to anarchism to libertarianism and communitarianism, which emphasized political and economic decentralization and ecological awareness. His first book, Our Synthetic Environment, was published just […]

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Nancy Romer: 53 Hours in a D.C. Jail

by Nancy Romer I spent 53 hours in Washington, D.C. lock-up after being arrested for participating in an nonviolent civil disobedience action at the White House on the morning of August 20th. Along with sixty-five other protesters, we sat in front of the White House protesting the climate-changing Keystone XL Pipeline that President Obama is […]

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How Many Neo-Cons Does It Take To Screw Out a Light Bulb?

by Marc Jampole An article by Claudia Rosett titled “First, they came for our 100-watt bulbs” making the rounds of right-wing media this week proposes that a new engineering standard is really an encroachment on our basic rights. She bemoans the loss of freedom represented by the federal government mandate to gradually phase out incandescent […]

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November 15: Species-Saver

Devra Gail Kleiman, a zoologist who saved the golden lion tamarind monkey from extinction and did the research needed to get giant pandas to breed in captivity, was born in the Bronx on this date in 1942. Kleiman was the first woman scientist hired by an American zoo (in 1972) and was associated with the […]

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What Young Green Jews Are Thinking

by Basia Yoffe From the Autumn, 2011 issue of Jewish Currents ONE AUTUMN AFTERNOON three years ago, as I was leaving the Jewish Community Center of the Upper West Side, I noticed a parked truck across the street emblazoned with the words, “Young Jewish Farmers: Changing the World One Pickle at a Time.” I was […]

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No to Fracking!

Fossil Fuels Have Got to Go An Editorial From the Autumn, 2011 issue of Jewish Currents WHEN THE NEWS came out in the Forward that four Jewish summer camps in Pennsylvania have signed leases with the Hess Corporation to allow hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) on their land during the past few years, Rabbi Arthur Waskow […]

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