Rabbi Yonatan Neril founded and directs The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development.
Raised in California, Yonatan completed an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University with a focus on global environmental issues, and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. Yonatan is co-author of the bestselling book Eco Bible, published by ICSD, which shines new light on how the Hebrew Bible and great religious thinkers have urged human care and stewardship of nature for thousands of years as a central message of spiritual wisdom.
He has spoken internationally on religion and the environment, including at the UN Environment Assemby in Nairobi, the Fez Climate Conscience Summit and the Parliament of World Religions. Yonatan co-organized ten interfaith environmental conferences in Jerusalem, New York City, Washington DC, and Atlanta. He is the lead author of three books on Jewish environmental ethics and also co-authored three reports on faith and econlogy courses in theological education.
He lives with his wife, Shana, and their two children in Jerusalem.
On this episode, Yonatan shares his one way ticket to a sustainable future — a spiritually aware, thriving and ecologically sustainable human society that’s living in balance with all creation. In the conversation, he offers solutions on how we can get to this destination. Plus, Yonatan reflects on how environmentalism, sustainability, ecological preservation and the adoption of a plant-based diet, all have their origins in the bible.