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JCN expands to NSW

The establishment of the Sydney office comes four years after JCN's inception in Victoria, where it has already made a substantial impact.

Eytan Lenko, chair of Jewish Climate Network with Anna Solomon, founder of JCN NSW.
Eytan Lenko, chair of Jewish Climate Network with Anna Solomon, founder of JCN NSW.

The Jewish Climate Network (JCN) has reached a significant milestone with the announcement of a new office in New South Wales.

The establishment of the Sydney office comes four years after JCN’s inception in Victoria, where it has already made a substantial impact, reaching over 10,000 community members through its programs, resources, and advocacy.

“This development marks a crucial new chapter in the Australian Jewish community’s burgeoning leadership and engagement with climate change issues,” JCN CEO Joel Lazar said.

JCN NSW shared that its mission is to empower the Jewish community in Sydney and throughout New South Wales, providing people with essential knowledge about critical climate solutions.

JCN NSW’s focus is to explore how these solutions can be effectively implemented in communal organisations, businesses and for families across the state.

Additionally, the network aims to support the community in engaging with Members of Parliament and local representatives to drive more ambitious climate solutions.

“We are thrilled to expand JCN’s footprint to New South Wales,” said Anna Solomon, board member and JCN NSW founder.

“Climate change is an urgent issue that affects our entire community from top to bottom, in particular our next generation, our children and grandchildren.”

Solomon told The AJN that climate change “is an issue that aligns deeply with our Jewish values, transcending religious or political backgrounds”.

“With our new headquarters, we are determined to foster a sense of positivity, unity and action in our community,” she said.

JCN president and climate technology investor Eytan Lenko expressed that the organisation has come a long way since its foundation.

“In 2019 when our founding board came together in Victoria, climate change action was simply not on the list of community priorities,” he said.

“We’re now delighted to see such progress to warrant the JCN’s establishment in NSW to become a national organisation.

“I’m excited to see what the NSW community will achieve.”

The JCN’s NSW headquarters will focus on a range of initiatives in its first year, including a “Zero Emissions Cohort” program, which will be delivered in partnership with Shalom, focused on upskilling mainstream Jewish communal groups to lower their emissions.

The year ahead will also include a range of events with local MPs and climate experts, workshops, as well as a community-wide “Climate Shabbat” on November 17-18 in the lead up to the international COP28 climate conference.

More information on the Jewish Climate Network and its NSW expansion: jcn.org.au

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