Hereld Institute Speakers to Discuss “The Mitzvah of Going Green”

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

December 30, 2008, Huntington, NY

Rabbi Lawrence Troster, director of the fellowship program of GreenFaith—Interfaith Partners in Action for the Earth, will discuss “The Mitzvah of Going Green” at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at the Huntington Jewish Center, 510 Park Avenue.

Rabbi Troster is a nationally recognized leader in the religious environmental movement. He has worked as the rabbinic fellow of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), an adjunct lecturer at The Jewish Theological Seminary, a Steinhardt Fellow at the Center for Life and Learning, a program officer at the Jewish Life Network, and as a congregational rabbi in Toronto and New Jersey. An alumnus of The Rabbinical School of JTS, he is on the editorial board of Conservative Judaism and has published and lectured widely on theology, environmentalism, liturgy, bioethics, modern cosmology, and Judaism.

Also speaking will be Sam Thomas, a third-year student in the Joint Program between the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies and Columbia University who is majoring in Jewish Philosophy and Environmental Biology.

The program is one in a series of events sponsored by JTS's Hereld Institute of Western Suffolk. The series will continue with “Connecting Mind, Body, and Soul: A Holistic Approach to Jewish Spirituality” on March 18, 2009, at South Huntington Jewish Center. JTS gratefully acknowledges the Hereld Family Foundation for its support.

Open to the community at no charge, reservations are required by contacting Bonnie Epstein or Gwynne Wicks at (516) 496-9525.