JYCM Newsletter - 2/2/21
As the storytelling campaign comes to a close, we can begin to reflect on all it has accomplished. Our board took on this role of sharing our voices and stories with our community as a way to motivate learning and action in the name of the climate crisis. We concluded the campaign by participating in The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, where we reached over 300 people. A few of our leadership board members led calls with youth groups, facilitated a conversation with leading youth climate activists and led a public storytelling session. Over the past month, our board has continued to help create and launch Kvutzot/chapters across the country. We have had many welcome meetings with these new Kvutzot to help them create goals for their group and plan for a year of Jewish climate activism.
Thank you so much for any of the ways you participated in or supported the JYCM Storytelling Campaign. From art programs to a Hannukah party, a text study session with Rabbis led by our leadership board members to an event with some of the leading youth climate activists during the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, the campaign was a huge success, and helped shape our goals and priorities as we move into 2021.
Photo by Leadership Board Member Bella
Welcome to our new JYCM Kvutzah!
We now have 14 Kvutzot (chapters) - welcome to our newest member:
Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, MI
To learn more about building a JYCM Kvutzah, visit our Kvutzah page here.
“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on earth.” - Sir David Attenborough
A Word From a Board Member
Hi! My name is Sofi Maranda, I’m 15, live in Michigan, and use she/her pronouns. The climate crisis is something I have been interested in and concerned about since I was in fourth grade, learning about the plastic in the ocean. Throughout middle school I was involved in my school’s Green Team and always doing things like teaching others about composting and reducing waste. Starting high school and having the pandemic hit, I think I would have struggled to keep up with environmental work if not for JYCM.
It’s important to me that I do my part in this crisis to the best of my ability, so I’m really glad I have gotten to be a part of JYCM. Having the opportunity to work with other passionate teens and learn so much about organizing, activism, and Judaism in relation to climate work has been really wonderful. Looking back over these past months and getting closer to JYCM’s leadership board's 1 year anniversary, it is so cool to see what we as a movement have accomplished already and I am so excited to see what more we do in the future!
Sharing Our Stories
Over the course of our storytelling campaign, we've learned the importance of storytelling in the climate movement. We gave everyone a chance to learn how to tell their story and share it with everyone. In the coming months we will be sharing people's climate stories in the newsletters. If you're interested in having yours featured, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Without further ado, we'd like to introduce this month's story written by one of our board members, Naomi. You can read her story here.