Judaism and Ecology

Tuesday, February 14th 2023, 12:30pm
Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

Please join us for a special CJS event on Judaism & Ecology, featuring Rabbi Natan Margalit in conversation with CJS student Rebecca Schisler. A light lunch will be provided to those attending in person.

Please note: The entrance to the GTU Library has moved; please go around the corner on Scenic Ave. and enter through the first floor.

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If you are unable to attend in-person, this event will be available to join by Zoom here.



Natan Margalit is a rabbi and scholar with 30 years of experience in teaching, writing, organizing and congregational leadership. Raised in Honolulu, as a young adult he spent 12 years in Israel where he received rabbinic ordination. He returned to the U.S. and earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at U.C. Berkeley with focus areas in Talmud, Literary Theory, and Anthropology. He has taught at Bard College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and now is chair of the Rabbinic Texts Department at the Aleph Ordination Program. He is also Director of the Earth-Based Judaism track of the A.O.P., and is founder of the non-profit Organic Torah. He is the author of The Pearl and the Flame: A Journey into Jewish Wisdom and Ecological Thinking (Albion Andalus, 2022).  He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

Rebecca Schisler is a meditation teacher, artist, and Jewish educator. A devoted mindfulness practitioner, she is a core faculty member at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and a faculty member at Or HaLev, and currently teaches mindfulness at Stanford School of Medicine. Rebecca is a masters student at GTU's Center for Jewish Studies and a rabbinical student at ALEPH. She is passionate about integrating ancestral wisdom traditions with innovative approaches to personal and collective healing and liberation, and teaches Jewish spirituality as an embodied, transformational, and accessible path, with relevant and timely wisdom for all. Learn more at www.rebeccaschisler.com.