Rabbi Ellen Bernstein

Writer, Speaker, Teacher, Consultant

Founder, Shomrei Adamah, Keepers of the Earth - First National Jewish Environmental Organization


Ellen Bernstein

Even if our mouths were
as full of song as the sea,
and our tongues as full
of praise as the waves,
and our lips as full
of gladness
as the expanse
of the heavens,
and our eyes as brilliant
as the sun and the moon,
and our hands
as outstretched
as eagles wings,
and our feet as swift
as the hind,
We still could not thank
You enough
for even one of the
thousand thousand,
thousands of thousands
and myriad myriads
of goodness
that You have bestowed
upon our ancestors
and upon us.

Nishmat, Shabbat morning prayer

Ellen Bernstein is widely recognized as the pioneer thinker and activist who helped define modern "Jewish environmentalism." An inspired speaker, her ability to merge scholarship with personal passion coupled with her activism and vision makes for particularly compelling presentations and classes.

Alon Tal, Ph.d, Professor, Ben Gurion University
Founder, Arava Institute, Winner, Bronfman Prize for Jewish Leadership

It is writers like Ellen Bernstein who make it possible to find answers in the Bible to questions no previous generation has had to ask. A book rich in valuable insights.

Rabbi Harold Kushner, Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

[Ellen's] new book, The Splendor of Creation: A Biblical Ecology is a gem, beautifully written... A deep poetic work about living fully, being alive to life's wonders, feeling connected to creation and to the Creator. Here Bernstein joins the ranks of naturalists like Annie Dillard.

Sandee Brawarsky, Book critic, The N.Y. Jewish Week