The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, one of the religious community’s leading environmental advocacy organizations, is launching a new effort to engage the North American Jewish community to work on environmental issues like climate change and energy, according to a press release by the organization.

The organization is able to ramp up its environmental efforts after securing more than half-a-million dollars to fully fund the organization for the next two years. New director Sybil Sanchez will be leading the organization’s efforts.

“In our daily choices we can renew our relationship with the earth and through individual actions work to sustain our community,” said Sanchez, who is a veteran human rights advocate with broad experience in Jewish communal leadership. “COEJL will once again rise to the challenge to inspire our elected leadership, the Jewish community and ourselves to pursue greener policies to preserve the earth for future generations.”

The organization plans to provide perspective and analysis on the upcoming Copenhagen Conference as well as concentrate its activities on the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign, which “seeks to help American Jews engage in a holistic manner as individuals, as community members and as citizens of the world,” according to the release.

“Under Sybil’s leadership COEJL will quickly return as one of the nation’s premier religious voices on environmental reform. By affecting legislative and social environmental change COEJL will build on the growing awareness of environmentalism as an important component of Jewish communal life,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, president and CEO of The Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

Jewish organization seeks to amplify climate change, energy debates
The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life is reactivating its efforts to push environmental reform amidst new funding opportunities.