The Beth Am Library Supports this Year's Education Theme | Congregation Beth Am

The Beth Am Library Supports this Year's Education Theme

Beth Am's education theme for the 2019-2020 year is Judaism and Nature. (Check out the Beth Am Library's bibliography for this theme. Thank you to Beth Am Women for generously supporting the Library and our aquisition of new resources.). The topic will be presented in many different forms at the Asilomar weekend, July 19-21. What does Judaism have to say about our connection to nature and our responsibility to our environment? This topic is particularly timely with the many discussions about climate change and how humans have caused some of those changes.

The Beth Am Library will support this theme with a display of books at Asilomar and in the Beth Am Library after the weekend. If you are not able to participate in the Asilomar weekend, come into the library, after July 22 and check out our collection.

A few books of interest on this topic include:

  • God in the Wilderness: Rediscovering the Spirituality of the Great Outdoors with the Adventure Rabbi, by Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold (136.21 KOR)
    Myra H. Strober of Stanford University says this is "A small book with powerful messages...interpreting biblical passages and centuries of commentary, Rabbi Korngold shows how each of us can find the spiritual meaning we seek by slowing down, going outdoors, and exulting in the grandeur of nature."
  • Growing Jewish Values: Cultivating Your Jewish Roots in Your Own Backyard, by Debbie Togliatti, illustrated by Deb Brady (659 TOG)
    You don't need to have a green thumb, be a master gardener, or even be Jewish in order to reap the rewards from this book in which author (and Beth Am member) Debbie Togliatti guides you through 10 basic values that you can implement in your own backyard, front yard, balcony, community, or school garden.
  • Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A Reader, edited by Martin D. Yaffe (659 JUD)
    "In this searching anthology, contributors press point and counterpoint, analysis and synthesis, text and exposition, principle and practice.  Judaism here claims its rightful place in environmental ethics, helping us all discover Earth as a planet with promise."  Holmes Rolston III, Colorado State University.
  • Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event that Changed History, by William Ryan and Walter Pitman (009 RYA)
    "Based on analyses of Black Sea sediments, oceanographers William Ryan and Walter Pitman of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, have put together evidence that about 7,500 years ago, this great deluge really happened... Pitman and Ryan go on to suggest that the disaster helped spread farming into central Europe and perhaps even inspired the biblical account of Noah and the flood."  Richard A. Kerr, Science.
  • Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought, vol. 1
    Biblical Israel: One Land, One People
    Rabbinic Judaism: One People, Many Lands, edited by Arthur Waskow
    (659 TOR v.1)
  • Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought, vol.2
    Zionism: One Land, Two Peoples
    Eco-Judaism: One Earth, Many Peoples, edited by Arthur Waskow (659 TOR v.2)

    "Human responses to the natural world stretching back through the last 4,000 years come to life in this major new resource providing a diverse group of ecological and religious voices. It gives us an invaluable key to understanding the intersection of ecology and Judaism, and offers the wisdom of Judaism in dealing with the present environmental crisis."

Consider a gift to the Hoffman Library Fund or a Birthday Book for your favorite kid today! Generous donations have helped make it possible to continue to grow our collections. For $18 or more, a book will be purchased and a bookplate will be included with your name and the person you are honoring or memorializing. Learn more.

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