STRAFFORD - When the "Our Children, Climate, Faith" Symposium is held on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-17, one of the speakers will be Manchester's Rabbi Michael Cohen.

Cohen received ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990. He was the Rabbi of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center from 1990-2000 and now serves as the Rabbi Emeritus. He has also served as the President of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

In 1996, Rabbi Cohen was a founding faculty member of The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (www.arava.org) located in Israel. The Arava Institute is the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve environmental challenges.

He has worked for the Arava Institute full-time since 2000, dividing his time between Vermont and Arava's Kibbutz Ketura campus.

He is also the Chair of the Policy Committee for the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

Rabbi Cohen is the author of numerous articles about the peace process, politics, and other topics published globally, including in The Washington Times, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Report, The Palestine Times, Arab News (Saudi Arabia), The Christian Science Monitor, Jewish Currents, and the Huffington Post. He is also the author of "Einstein's Rabbi: A Tale of Science and the Soul."

The keynote speakers of the symposium is Bill McKibben, Mary Evelyn Tucker and Shyla Nelson.


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The symposium is an inclusive symposium on moral, ethical, spiritual and religious consciousness addressing climate disruption, social justice, and the future of the children.