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In Honor of Earth Day, Oak Park Temple Presents:

The Interconnectedness of All Things on Earth:
From Oak Park to the Amazon, How To Take Action on the Impending Climate Crisis

interconnectedJoin us for an Earth Day Celebration dinner, presentation and service, Friday, April 21, as we hear from climate experts Amy Rosenthal of the MacArthur Foundation and Dr. Jason Funk of the Center for Carbon Removal.

Free Community Dinner – 6:00 pm
Presentation – 6:30 pm
Shabbat Services – 8:00 pm

Please RSVP for the Community Dinner by April 14, 2017, via Sign Up Genius.

You can also RSVP by calling the Temple office at 708-386-3937.

A vegetarian meal will be provided to all guests who RSVP by April 14, 2017.

The Interconnectedness of All Things on Earth will feature a glimpse of what we know about climate change and its impacts on life on the planet. Our experts will present a global perspective, from Amy’s work in the Amazon and Jason’s work with the U.N., to its local impact and effects in Oak Park and our surrounding communities. In addition, we will hear about the critical role faith communities can play and actions we can take to avert devastating climate-driven impacts.

Amy Rosenthal is a program officer in the conservation and sustainable development program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Previously, Amy was a senior specialist on ecosystem services with the World Wildlife Fund. She has also worked as Deputy Director of Programs for the Amazon Conservation Association, where she now serves as treasurer of the board. Amy holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from Stanford University.


Dr. Jason Funk is an associate director at the Center for Carbon Removal, a startup non-profit tackling climate change from a new perspective: carbon removal. The Center unites scientists, policymakers and industry leaders to help erase our carbon footprint. Previously, Jason served as a senior climate and land use scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has also worked on climate and land use at the Environmental Defense Fund. Jason holds a B.S. and M.S. in environmental science from the Ohio State University and a doctorate from Stanford University in environment and resources.

Amy and Jason are married with two adorable children and are proud to make their home in Oak Park.

Special thanks to Oak Park Temple committees who are partnering to present this program which includes a free Shabbat Dinner for all attendees who RSVP. Women of OPT, Adult Ed, Worship, Social Action, Green Chaverim, are sponsoring this program for the community to learn about our connection to the environment and our calling to care for the Earth.




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