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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

A Jewish Approach to Environmental Sustainability

12 weeks.
Theological Research Institute Ltd., 50 Madison Avenue, New York, NY.

January 2011- March 2017. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss Jewish tradition in the context of environmental sustainability; explain ecological perspectives as they relate to Jewish teachings; and develop and apply biblical research skills and techniques.


This course is delivered in a distance learning format consisting of eleven units with written assignments, required readings, and a proctored proficiency exam. It offers a study of Biblical, Rabbinic, and Modern Jewish teachings with relevance for modern environmental issues. Major topics include: the Garden of Eden and a stewardship paradigm, Bible sources on agriculture and globalize food production today, and the Bible's injunction not to waste in tandem with issue of food and energy waste in contemporary society.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Thought, Jewish Ethics, or Jewish Law (4/11).