Rabbi Warren Stone is known nationally for his leadership on Religion and the Environment. He serves as co-chair of the National Religion Coalition on Creation Care, the Global Advisory Committee for Earth Day Network and is the founding chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Committee on the Environment. Rabbi Stone represented many national organizations as a United Nations delegate at the UN Conference on Climate Change COP 5 in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 and at UN COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark where he blew the Shofar and led a number of interfaith programs and prayer vigils. His abstract, “Climate Change Beyond Diplomacy: Thinking Outside the Box,” was presented at the International Congress of Scientists in Copenhagen. In 2010 he participated in the G20 World Religious Leaders Forum in Seoul sponsored by the Global Peace Initiative of Women. He also spoke in Rome at a Vatican and US State Department conference, “Building Interfaith Bridges of Hope: Success Stories and Strategies for Interfaith Action.”
Rabbi Stone was honored with opening a session of the U.S. Congress in 1998. In 2002, he co-chaired a Senate conference with Senator Joseph Lieberman and members of the native Gwinchin people calling for a protection of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. He has spoken several times at rallies at the U.S. Capital on environmental issues. He has spoken at the British Embassy at their US Consulates gathering on Climate Security and has regularly given the opening prayer to Earth Day at the U.S. Capitol as well as being interviewed on NBC’s Today Show and the Politico Newspaper in Washington. Grist Internet Environmental Media source did an extensive interview with the Rabbi, and named Rabbi Warren Stone as one of the world’s top 15 green religious leaders. He has received a distinguished merit award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews and a Merit award for his work on Judaism and the Environment from Shomre Adamah of Washington, D.C.
Rabbi Stone published articles in the national, international and Jewish press. His article, “A Jewish Response to Climate Change,” was published in The Climate Institute’s book, Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change.
He led delegations on environmental issues to the Congress and White House and served on many boards including the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the Washington Board of Rabbis, where he is a past President, ARZA/ World Union and the advisory board for the District of Columbia Green Faith Initiative. He served as Vice President of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, a member of the board of the United Nations Association. He has also served on the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.
Rabbi Stone, from the Boston area, received his B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, a M.A.H.L. and Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and a D.Min. in Religion and Psychotherapy from Andover Newton Theological School. He did his clinical training in family therapy at the American Institute of Family Relations in Los Angeles and studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich Switzerland and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2003 he received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Rabbi Warren Stone has served as Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in the Greater Washington, D.C. area since 1988.