(September 20, 2019) – Rabbi Gila Caine and Temple Beth Ora are encouraging members of the community at large to participate on Sunday, September 22 for a family-friendly candlelight vigil.
Rabbi Caine writes, ” Coming up to Rosh Hashanah as we celebrate the existence of our Earth, we must make it our focus to notice and acknowledge climate change. This has been going on for decades, and it is the greatest Mitzvah of our times to do all we can to stop the deterioration of our one home.
“People around the world are joining in this month to call out for real, substantial action, and we in the Jewish community must be part of this great call. Come join people of all faith backgrounds in prayer, song and ceremony here in Edmonton, connecting with people around the world in the biggest global week of climate action EVER!”
Thousands of youth have called for their communities to join them in climate action from September 20-27 and striking with them on Friday, September 27th.
“We respond to that call by coming together on the Sunday before the strike to give our blessing to the youth and renew our commitment to those impacted most by the climate crisis,” continues Rabbi Caine.
Rabbi Caine is urging parents and grandparents to “Bring your children and grandchildren along – their voices are crucial.”
She adds, “Pass this message on to the youth around you so they can bring their friends and join other youth in leading some of the vigil (or just being part of the community)
And – if you know how to blow a SHOFAR – WE NEED YOU AT THE VIGIL WITH YOUR SHOFAR!
May this be a year of moving ourselves onto the right path.”