American Jewish Groups Petition Big Three Automakers in Detroit

December 5, 2002

Source: Cleveland Jewish News

On December 5, 2002 Cleveland Jewish News reported that "[Rabbi Jerome] Epstein, executive vice president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the movement's congregational umbrella group, is among Jewish and Christian leaders and organizations aiming to steer the United States away from its dependence on foreign oil and put the brakes on Americans' penchant for gas-guzzling Sport Utility Vehicles. Officially called the Interfaith Climate and Energy Campaign, the effort by four dozen leaders and groups has won major media coverage, thanks largely to the evangelical Christian motto, 'What would Jesus drive?' On the Jewish side, fueling the push are the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, together with leading rabbis and organizations such as the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. On Nov. 20, campaign members delivered petitions to the heads of the Big Three automakers in Detroit, urging tighter fuel economy standards in new cars as a 'moral imperative' that would heighten national security and reduce pollution from fossil fuels."

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