"'The Mountains Shall Drip Wine': Jews and the Environment"


Omaha Jewish Community Center and Creighton University
October 28-29, 2007

Our sincere thanks to the following for making this event possible:

The Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Creighton University
The Norman & Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


The Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Creighton University
The Jewish Federation of Omaha

Generous support is also provided by:
The Ike and Roz Friedman Foundation
The Riekes Family
The Creighton College of Arts and Sciences
Creighton University Committee on Lecture, Films, and Concerts
The Creighton University Environmental Studies Program
The Gary Javitch Family Foundation
The Center for Jewish Education
The Henry Monsky Lodge of B'nai B'rith
The Dr. Bruce S. Bloom Memorial Endowment
And others

SUNDAY, October 28, 2007
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All sessions held at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, 333 South 132nd Street


10:30 – 11:55

Session I

10:30 – 11:10

Daniel Hillel, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University
“The Role of the Environment in Shaping the Evolution of Jewish Culture, as Reflected in the Hebrew Bible”

11:15 – 11:55

Ellen Bernstein, Hebrew College
“The Natural Intelligence of the Song of Songs”

12:00 – 1:00


1:05 – 3:15


1:05 – 1:45

Jonah Steinberg, Hebrew College

"Classical Rabbinic Steps Toward a Theology of Cosmic and Environmental Torah"

1:50 – 2:30

Dean Bell, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
“The Trembling of the Earth: Jewish Descriptions of Earthquakes in the Early Modern World”

2:35 – 3:15

Barbara Lerman-Golomb, Hazon
“Reconnecting with Nature to Sustain Ourselves ”

3:15 – 3:35


3:35 – 5:00


3:35 – 4:15

Philip Hollander, Tulane University
“Ideology and Changing Attitudes Toward the Environment in Two Israeli Films: Sallah Shabbati and James’ Journey to Jerusalem

4:20 – 5:00

Martin Shukert, Omaha, NE
“Green Judaism and the Design of Communities: A Practitioner’s View”



Evening Program at the Omaha Jewish Community Center, 333 South 132nd Street

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.


Welcome Remarks:

Patrick Borchers, Academic Vice President, Creighton University
Fred Simon, The Jewish Federation of Omaha
Leonard J. Greenspoon, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization


Lindsey Paige Savoie, "A Jewish CSA in Omaha"



Alon Tal
Blaustein Institute for Desert Research
Ben-Gurion University

"What Makes Jewish Environmentalism Jewish"


Dessert Reception

All events are free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Fran Minear,
Klutznick Chair office,

(402) 280-2303 or fminear@creighton.edu

Also, visit our website at: www2@creighton.edu/ccas/klutznick

MONDAY, October 29, 2007
8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

At the Creighton University Skutt Student Center




8:45 – 9:25

Lawrence Troster, GreenFaith and Bard College
"The Promise of Creation: A Jewish Environmental Theology of Redemption"

9:30 – 10:10

Gary A. Rendsburg, Rutgers University
From Desert to Sown: Israel's Encounter With the Land of Canaan"

10:10- 10:20




10:20 – 11:00

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Wheaton College, MA
"Kabbalah, Food, and Sustainability"

11:05 – 11:45

Sandra B. Lubarsky, Northern Arizona University
"Hiddur Mitzvah as an Eco-Theological Imperative"

11:50 – 12:30

Natan Margalit, Hebrew College
"A Tree of Life: Text and Nature Working Together"



12:30 – 2:00

Welcome Remarks: Dean Barbara Braden, University College, Creighton University

12:30 – 1:15


1:20 – 2:00

Nigel Savage, Hazon
"Food for Thought: How the New Jewish Food Movement Provides a Fresh Route Into 'Judaism and the Environment'"

Art Exhibit
"Tikkun Olam:  Repairing the World, One Artist at a Time"

in the Gallery at the Omaha Jewish Community Center

October 27-30, 2007
Jenni Schlossman, Ph.D, Curator