RSVP for discussion on Jews and the environment

Can We Talk? – February, 2013

The Jewish Light, Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Community Center are presenting a panel discussion of “Creating a Jewish ‘Greenprint’ for St. Louis” at  7 p.m. at the JCC’s Carl & Helene Mirowitz Performing Arts and Banquet Center at the Staenberg Family Complex. The talk is free and open to the public and is part of the quarterly ‘Can We Talk?’ series. 

Join Jews who have made the environment a passion of their professional lives, community work and education and brainstorm how the Jewish community can take action to make St. Louis a greener place! This quarter’s Can We Talk? is a part of the St. Louis Festival of Jewish Life.

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About our panelists: 

– Marc Bluestone is President of SmartHouse Home Performance Experts, a St. Louis business providing energy efficient heating, air conditioning, insulation and energy auditing, and a recipient of the prestigious ‘Innovator’ award from the United States Green Building Council. Marc also serves on the board of St. Louis Green and is a past-president of the Saul Mirowitz Day School – Reform Jewish Academy.

– Rabbi Andrew Kastner is Silk Foundation Campus Rabbi  at St. Louis Hillel at Washington University. While pursuing rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah he became a shochet (kosher slaughterer) through an apprenticeship while living in New York City. Rabbi Kastner’s passion for fostering environmental sustainability and pursuing food justice has included work with the Navajo and Hopi tribes in the American Southwest as well as with the Mayan community in the Yucatan Peninsula.  

– Aitan Groener is a member of the Teen Group of the Jewish Environmental Initiative, a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

– Catherine Werner is Sustainability Director for the City of St. Louis. Catherine works on a wide variety of sustainability initiatives, including development and implementation of the city’s first triple bottom line Sustainability Plan. She has worked as an environmental attorney, sustainability/green building consultant, natural resources specialist and environmental educator.

The program will be moderated by: Larry Levin, Publisher/CEO of the St. Louis Jewish Light.

The event is free but RSVP requested by February 15, 2013. Call Diane at (314) 442-3190, email [email protected] or visit to RSVP online.