Whittier Daily News –
“Rabbi Ron Stern has scanned the parking lot at Stephen S. Wise Temple and seen the same gas-guzzling cars that dominate Los Angeles freeways.
He’s turned the ignition of his own SUV and known he was contributing to America’s reliance on foreign oil.
But after realizing that America’s driving habits help fill the treasury of Iran, whose president has vowed to wipe Israel off the map, Stern decided to buy a more energy-efficient car and to encourage his congregation to be more “environmentally kosher.”
“It is a direct connection between the cars we drive and the money the terrorists have,” he said.
Stern is the first rabbi to join an energy-conservation campaign launched by the American Jewish Committee’s L.A. office to coincide with Hanukkah, which concludes Saturday at sundown and celebrates the miracle of a vial of oil that lighted the temple menorah for eight days instead of just one.”
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