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Curb Your Consumerism
Cultivating a Baal Taschit (Preservation) Ethic for Today

Kevin Kleinman

Identity & Responsibility, Social Justice

Have you seen "The Story of Stuff"? For thousands of years our Jewish ancestors lived in harmony with the natural cycles of the earth. They understood that working and protecting the land was vital to their own survival. Since the Industrial Revolution, we have begun to take more than we actually need, causing damage to the Earth and our own bodies. Today, we are returning to the wisdom of our sages and re-examining our responsibility as stewards of the world: how we grow and harvest crops, produce goods, and dispose of waste. We are cultivating a Jewish environmental ethic for today, based on both contemporary science and ancient texts.

Kevin Kleinman

Kevin M. Kleinman is the Assistant Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Kevin Kleinman graduated cum laude from Brandeis University in 2002 with a B.A. in Sociology. Following college he worked as a Jewish Environmental Educator at the Teva Learning Center in Falls Village, CT. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and is passionate about working toward building a more sustainable and just world. Kevin is a GreenFaith Fellow, a program for developing religious environmental leadership. He lives in Philadelphia PA, with his partner Chana Rothman and their beautiful baby boy Izzy.

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