This is the Boston chapter of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), a program of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), a national coordinating body for 13 national and 125 local Jewish public affairs agencies (Jewish community relations councils). With a national board of 23 trustees, COEJL is the leading Jewish environmental organization in the U.S., representing 29 national Jewish organizations.

Boston COEJL recently joined up with Mayor Menino’s Climate Action Leadership Committee. We have many alliances with environmental groups in the Boston area. Our current projects include the statewide Pledge to Green, an effort to unify to green all Massachusetts synagogues. COEJL’s suggestions are nonbinding – synagogues can just sign and pledge to commit to practice more green methods. Twenty-six synagogues have pledged to date! Projects also include The Green Guide for Massachusetts Synagogues, a comprehensive guidebook with suggestions for “greening” various aspects of synagogue operation. Please visit or to see more! Volunteers are always needed!