Chicago and Israel: Partners in sustainable development, environmental innovation

Alex Cicelsky, an American-Israeli and co-founder of Kibbutz Lotan, outlined his kibbutz’s unique emphasis on environmental concern and ecology. Julia Parzen, a Chicago-based environmental expert who has recently consulted the City of Chicago on its Climate Action Plan and the Beracha Foundation on the Israeli environmental movement, addressed a “Midwestern Perspective on Israel’s Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: What We Have to Learn and What We Have to Share.” Parzen and Cicelsky spoke to nearly 30 organizational leaders and delegates, who gathered at yesterday’s meeting of JUF's Jewish Community Relations Council to learn about recent strides in environmentally conscious agriculture, construction, and technological development both in Chicago and in Israel.

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