The Festival that Brought the Rain - 2010

published on: 16-03-2011

Hundreds Participated in a Jewish Ecological Festival this Friday (Oct. 8th, 2010) in Emek Refaym Jerusalem. The festival featured circles of joint study, musical events, ecological art, recycling and much more. Rabbi Michael Malkior joint the parade of animals from Noah's Ark.

Hundred of Jerusalem's residents participated last Friday (Oct. 8th, 2010) in "Flood Ahead" Festival, a Jewish ecological festival in Emek Refayim st. The festival is a joint venture of "Teva Ivri" and Ginot Ha'Ir Community Council.
The "Flood Ahead" Festival featured a variety of activities: a parade of actors dressed as animals coming out of Noah's Ark, lead by an actor playing Noah, went up and down the street calling people to beware of the coming flood and take care of earth to prevent the next ecological disaster - here
Study circles lead by Rabbi Michael Malchior, Rabbi Benny Lau and representative of ecological communities were held in Ben-Ami coffee shop.
Musical performances were held all through the event featuring young bands, some originating from the Yellow Submarine Club in Jerusalem. The bands used solar energy to provide power for their amplifiers thus promoting the use of ecological friendly energy.
Workshops on Judaism and environment were moderated by volunteers from "Circles of Justice " association.
Various environmental NGOs operating in Israel, took part in the event, among others: Elul Beth Midrash, the Society for the Protection of Nature, Adam Teva Din Association, Ramot environmental activists and many more.
Various ecological artists performed and presented their art during the festival. A Crow statue was created from natural materials, children recycled trash, festival participants were invited to pedal bicycles that produce energy, and light up light bulbs with their pedaling.
The Festival closed with a parade of animals from Noah's Ark coming to Rabbi Malchior's lecture, singing rain songs.
Teva Ivri's CEO Einat Kramer said: "the festival is the central event marking Shabbat Noah as an environmental Shabbat, calling our attention to this generation's responsibility for preserving and protecting earth. This is the second year in which Teva Ivri promotes Shabbat Noah as a Jewish environmental Shabbat, facilitating and supporting various study groups in communities around Israel focused on Jewish environmental values"
Shaike El-Amir, manager of Ginot Ha'Ir Community Council said: "the festival used the natural environment of Emek Refayim, thus sending out the message that combining Judaism and environment is the logical, natural choice"
Symbolically, as the festival reached its end, the first rain came pouring down on Jerusalem, carrying the promise of life and covenant.