The message about protecting all life on earth is clear: Judaism urges us to act as stewards of all living species. If we don’t, we will create a planet that’s spiritually empty and physically uninhabitable. That is why JIFA provides educational resources and advocacy opportunities to protect wildlife. In partnership with organizations like The Humane Society of the United States, JIFA also rallies Jewish support to endorse campaigns and pass legislation that preserves wild species.
- In JIFA’s service-learning workbook, students will find everything they need to design a service-learning project that helps wild animals in honor of their bar/bat mitzvah.
- Rabbi David Seidenberg of neohasid.org shares deep wisdom about compassion for animals asking: What is the purpose of shiluach haken, the commandment to send away a parent bird before one can take the eggs or babies for oneself? Is it a subset of the prohibition against causing pain to animals, tzaar baalei chayyim, or something else? Visit Jewschool.com for the full article.
- Judaism instructs us to care for all creatures, even ones we often forget about like insects and worms. Check out this preview page from the 2016 Amir Sourcebook on Jewish Compassion for animals
- JIFA is taking action for wild animals —whether they’re in our backyards or halfway across the globe! In partnership with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), JIFA continues to fight for state bans on the sale of imperiled-species parts and products, international trade proposals to protect African wildlife from poaching, and more.
This past spring, JIFA and the HSUS helped publish this op-ed, in which Rabbi Francine Roston speaks out against grizzly bear trophy hunting and their removal from the Endangered Species Act. With JIFA’s help, any Jewish leader can lend their voice to the cause of protecting wildlife locally and abroad.