Introducing Rabbi Barry Kenter and his synagogue, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, current fellows in the Jewish Greening Fellowship cohort! Kenter is an alumnus of the GreenFaith Fellowship as well, which seeks to “inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.” Though there is considerable overlap between the GreenFaith and Jewish Greening fellowships, Kenter notes that they differ because of the JGF’s uniquely Jewish mission.
I was talking to a friend recently about activism and allyship and she said something that really stuck with me. She told me that instead of focusing on a label that expresses your views—a feminist, let’s say—focus on your continued, everyday actions. Labels can make us lazy. By identifying as a feminist, I may not feel the need to speak up the next time I hear something that sounds like it perpetuates patriarchy. After all, I’m already a feminist. Once I’ve been converted, my work is probably done!
It was a warm Monday night last Summer. We all dressed in black, though this was more for the thrill of being illicit than necessity. We piled into David’s car, silent until we reached our destination: Trader Joe’s. Well, not quite — behind Trader Joe’s — in their dumpster. It was my first time dumpster diving, and we gleaned an impressive haul: over a dozen eggs, zucchini, edamame hummus, and an entire, still cold chicken.