The Sova Project
A Renewed Conversation on Judaism and Sustainability
Inspired by the upcoming Shmita year, which commences in September 2014, following Rosh Hashanah, the goal of the project is to raise awareness across the global Jewish community about issues of environmental and economic sustainability by engendering a multidisciplinary conversation among Jewish studies scholars, economists, activists and communal leaders.
The 2014 Shmita year provides us with a powerful religious event around which to carry out this important spiritual and ethical discussion. Our initiative will also include textual sources, academic articles, webinars and the creation of a “Shmita Manifesto,” to be drafted and sponsored by leading Jewish thinkers and organizational leaders, and circulated widely throughout the Jewish community. We are proud to be working in close collaboration with Hazon Shmita Project and Siach Network on this momentous venture.
In order to engage in meaningful discussion and action in the weeks and months ahead, we have started a blog, which can be viewed here.
Rabbi Or Rose
Director, Center for Global Judaism