Haddonfield teen uses Jewish values to tackle climate crisis

By Ezra Solway
Jewish Community Voice
February 9, 2022

A recent bat mitzvah at Cong. Beth El in Voorhees, Mira Berman is determined to make an environmental impact in her community. With the support of her science teacher and faculty advisor, Melinda Starts, and her principal, Rachel Zivic, the 7th grader at Kellman Brown Academy has created a student led group called the “Kvutzah,” a local chapter of the Jewish Youth Climate Movement (JYCM). Founded in 2019 and sponsored by Hazon, JYCM is a nationwide teen-led organization whose mission is to curb climate change and environmental injustice under the guidance of Jewish values. It aims to make combatting climate change a core tenet of Jewish identity in the 21st century, while equipping local outposts with the requisite educational tools and resources to take collective action.

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