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Track 7: The Jewish Contribution to Ecological Civilization
Judaism has given birth to Christianity and Islam, the world’s two largest wisdom traditions, but it has also retained its distinctive identity. This track will discuss its own unique contributions to make to global thinking and practice in facing global crises. In doing so, it will consider the possible assistance of Whitehead.
Other Tracks in this Section
- Track 1: A New WAY for a New Day
- Track 2: Christian Process Theology
- Track 3: Islam and Whitehead in Dialogue
- Track 4: Reclaiming Love for Paradise Here and Now
- Track 5: Reading the Bible for the Sake of the World
- Track 6: Reimagining and Mobilizing Religious Traditions in Response to the Eco-Crisis
- Track 8: The Role of Whitehead in Indigenizing Christianity
- Track 9: Thomism and Whitehead: Partners or Opponents?
- Track 10: Islamic Response to the Global Ecological Crisis
- Track 11: Can Mormonism Contribute to Ecological Civilization?
Rabbi Jonathan Singer grew up in Upland, California, attending Temple Beth Israel of Pomona. After focusing on government/political theory at Pomona College where he graduated in 1982, having been mentored by Rabbi Fred Krinsky, he went on to study at Machon Pardeis in Jerusalem. He received smicha from the Hebrew Union College- JIR Cincinnati campus in 1989. His first pulpit was Temple Israel of New Rochelle working as an Assistant and then Associate Rabbi for six years. In 1995 he returned to the West Coast and spent eighteen years as Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am. With the growth of Beth Am, he and Rabbi Beth created a model rabbinic partnership; working together to build up a vibrant center of Jewish life in that city which they are so excited to continue at Congregation Emanu-El.
Rabbi Jonathan is devoted to combining joy with the pursuit of intellectual and spiritual engagement in Reform Judaism. He is proud of the work he has done serving on boards from the Jewish Federation and as president of the Liberal board of Rabbis, while also pursuing social justice work including equal marriage rights, but is most proud of his children Rena, Jenny, and Robert. As senior rabbi of Emanu-El, where he feels honored to help carry the Torah of the Jews of San Francisco forward, he invites you to get involved, whether through prayer, study, tikun olam, or communal engagement. Please call upon him for help or support, or just to talk.