The Annual Rabbi Max B. Wall Memorial Lecture

Monday, March 01, 2021
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
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The Annual Rabbi Max B. Wall Memorial Lecture: What’s Jewish about Jewish Environmentalism?

Featuring Alon Tal, Professor of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University

March 1, 2021 4:30 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 955 0369 8447

Passcode: 167307 

What is the Jewish approach to environmental protection and conservation? This talk argues that Environmentalism and Judaism are essentially synonymous, and that the Jewish perspective has unique insights and approaches to the global challenges of sustainability. Relying on text study and examples from modern Israel, the talk offers an interactive exploration of how this ancient tradition perceives humans’ relations with the earth and why it might be relevant for people on the planet today.

Biography: Professor Tal's career has been a balance between academia and public interest advocacy.  He is presently a professor of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University where he served as department chair until recently. Tal has held faculty appointments at Ben Gurion and Hebrew Universities in Israel, and was a visiting professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Stanford University in California.  Between 1990 and 1998 he was an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University.  Between 2004-2016, Tal was a member of the international board of directors of the KKL/Jewish National Fund where he served as chairman of the committee for land development that oversees forestry and land reclamation. In 2020 he was elected KKL deputy chair.  Between 2010 and 2013 Tal served as chair of Israel’s green party - “the Green Movement”.  Professor Tal has written and edited 11 books about the environment and over a hundred academic articles. Prof. Tal has a law degree from Hebrew University, and a Masters and Doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Health Policy. 

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