dayenuThis week is Shabbat Hagadol, the Shabbat preceding Passover, one of the two times in the year rabbis used to preach, this time to help the people to be prepared for the holiday. This year Earth Day leads us into the First Seder on Monday, April 22nd heralding our holiday of redemption and freedom, of starting the journey to become responsible for ourselves in community with God.

One of the most beloved songs in the seder is Dayenu. We say Dayenu – “it would have been enough” if God had only done some of the things God did for us. But Dayenu can also mean ENOUGH, we need to take a
stand and not settle for what has been and what is. The organization Dayenu – A Jewish Call to Climate Action was founded rooted in Jewish values, experience, and spirit. Dayenu is building a movement of American Jews confronting the climate crisis with spiritual audacity and bold collective action. I love how spiritual audacity elevates and empowers our deeply rooted social justice and climate action work.

The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our lifetimes. What we do in the next decade will decide how we and future generations will live. Confronting it demands working together to reimagine and build a different kind of world — one that is just, equitable, and livable for us and for generations to come.

The climate crisis is not only an ecological, political, and social justice issue -it is also a spiritual and emotional issue. At times we can feel anxious, angry, sad, overwhelmed and even hopeless. Naming our climate emotions can help affirm them and remind us that we are not alone. Many Jewish values call us to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis: L’dor Vador- concern and responsibility for generation to generation; shomrei Adamah-protecting the earth; bacharta bahayim-choosing life, bal tashchit- not destroying; tirdof Tzedek- pursuing justice, and shomer ger yatom v’almanah-protecting the vulnerable. It will take all of us from many groups and backgrounds to come together to make the changes needed. We need to take our place in the larger collective. You can find out more information about Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action by visiting

This Passover and Earth Day, let’s lift up our connection to the natural world, reaffirm our obligation to care for our world, the earth, water, air, trees and plants, animals and living things. We need to cry out to seek balance in the world which is off balance in so many ways.

Temple Israel’s Passover Mitzvah Project will be in Historic Overtown this Sunday, April 21st , connecting with our neighbors and earth day helping with a harvest. We will meet at the “Teach the Truth Garden” (Miami Center for Racial Justice), harvest fresh produce for neighbors suffering from good insecurity, visit the nearby Historic Ward Rooming House (Hamton Art Lovers) and walk around the neighborhood with Dr. Marvin Dunn. Join us at 9:30 AM for the morning. Register by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We have been working with the Farmwork Association of Florida to develop relationships with the farmworkers, to get to know them person-to-person and create projects together. We are collecting food for these underpaid and underappreciated farmworkers who defy the Florida heat to harvest the food we eat, but too often cannot afford to feed their own families. Please be generous with your donations. We are grateful for their hard work and are honored to host 5 farmworkers at our Passover Seder on Monday.

We can connect with our communities in our area, the people and their conditions and the potential of what we can do when we join together on both the local and macro levels this Earth Day and Passover season. Dayenu, we can be grateful for what we have and at the same time say enough, we must do better and work for change.

Chag Sameach!! Have a Happy Earth Day and a Happy Passover!