— Rabbi Michael Cohen, co-founder of the Green Zionist Alliance
“Think of a desert: It looks barren — but a little bit of water completely changes everything. That's a nice metaphor for what we are trying to do — be that little bit of change, the one drop of water that makes all the difference.”
The Grassroots Campaign for a Sustainable Israel
Israel and the Zionist movement have succeeded in many ways beyond our wildest expectations. Israel has become a robust country with a unique cultural life. However, its success also has produced a litany of serious and life-threatening environmental problems. We are here to help bring about positive change. We are here to help green Israel.
The Green Zionist Alliance, a North America-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, offers a place for all people — regardless of political or religious affiliation — who care about humanity's responsibility to preserve the Earth and the special responsibility of the Jewish people to preserve the ecology of Israel. The GZA works to educate and mobilize people around the world for Israel’s environment; to protect Israel's environment and support its environmental movement; to improve environmental practices within the World Zionist Organization and its constituent agencies; and to inspire people to work for positive change. By focusing on the environment while working from a pluralistic and multicultural base, the Green Zionist Alliance seeks to bridge the differences between and within religions and people — helping to build a peaceful and sustainable future for Israel and the Middle East.
Who We Are
Our members, volunteers and leaders come from across the political and religious spectra. We care deeply about the country, the people and the land of Israel, and we are dedicated to working toward a sustainable future. We work closely with a broad coalition of Jewish and environmental organizations and leaders in Israel and around the world to ensure that our policies complement local initiatives.
The Green Zionist Alliance was founded in 2001 primarily by Dr. Alon Tal, Rabbi Michael Cohen and Dr. Eilon Schwartz, along with many other volunteers, including Alison Hill and current GZA leader David Krantz. In 2006 the GZA incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
What We Do
Educate within the Diaspora about Israel's environment and the Israeli environmental movement, through educational programming and resources for individuals, schools, and community groups, including:
Support Israel's environment and its environmental movement, through increased exposure to their organizations and missions.
Influence Israel's environmental policies through increased representation in the World Zionist Congress and its constituent agencies.
Work within the structure of the World Zionist Congress
to legislate policy for the Jewish Agency, World Zionist Organization and KKL-JNF;
Work with Zionist organizations and world Zionist federations to raise environmental awareness and integrate environmental concerns into their missions and platforms;
Mobilize a voice for Diaspora Jewry on important environmental issues.
The Green Zionist Alliance is a nonprofit member of 1% for the Planet:
The Green Zionist Alliance is a nonprofit member of JChoice:
"Song represents the concept that people understand the harmony of creation. Nature is always 'singing,' because, from the tiniest microorganism to the mightiest galaxy, everything acts and interacts as God intended it to. This is song. It is the most awesome symphony conceivable, because it consists of an infinite number of players uniting in playing the Divine score. But man seldom sees this harmony."
- from The Complete ArtScroll Machzor, by Rabbi Nosson Scherman
Did You Know?
Of the main tributaries to the Jordan River, only one - the Dan Spring - lies within Israel's pre-1967 boundaries. The Banyas Springs are in the Golan Heights and the Hasbani Spring is in Lebanon.
The Green Zionist Alliance is classified by the IRS as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).
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