Rabbi Warren Stone
Rabbi Stone is known nationally for his leadership on Religion and the Environment. He has led delegations on environmental issues to the Congress and White House and has served on many boards, including the Global Advisory Committee for Earthday, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, the Washington Board of Rabbis, where he served as past President and ARZA/ World Union. He served as Vice President of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, a member of the board of the United Nations Association and on the Board of the New Orchestra of Washington. In March of 2015 Rabbi Stone was chosen by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat to serve as Faith and Climate International leader for their new UN Climate Neutral Now initiative.
Rabbi serves as Co-Chair of the National Religion Coalition on Creation Care and founding chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis' Committee on the Environment. Rabbi Stone represented many national Jewish organizations as a UN delegate at the Conference on Climate Change in Kyoto, Japan in 1997 and in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009, where he blew the Shofar and led 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 2012 he spoke at the Vatican's Pontifical University in Rome as a guest of the State Department and White House and served as a G20 World Religious Delegate at a conference on Faith and Sustainability in Seoul, Korea.
Rabbi Stone's articles have appeared in many publications, including the Washington Jewish Week, Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis Journal, The Jerusalem Post, Grist and many international news sources. His article, "A Jewish Response to Climate Change," was published in The Climate Institute's book, Sudden and Disruptive Climate Change, and he writes a blog called "climaterabbi" at climaterabbi.wordpress.com.
Rabbi Stone is married to Elaine Stone, an attorney at Covington and Burling. They live in Bethesda, Maryland and have three children—Nomi, Lia and Zach.
Cantor Rosalie Boxt
Cantor Rosalie Boxt was invested Cantor from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, HUC-JIR, in New York in 2001. Before entering Cantorial School she worked for the URJ in NFTY Programs in Israel and was a NFTY, Goldman Union Camp, and Kutz Camp Songleader. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she attended the University of Pennsylvania as a Jewish Studies Major, Theatre Minor.
Rosalie is the Director of Worship for the 2015 URJ Biennial and is the URJ Worship Advisor consulting congregations on issues of worship and music and mentoring cantors in the field. She is a Synagogue 3000 Fellow, and is a Partner in the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health. She is also a past Vice-President for Member Relations of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC). She has launched a non-profit called Kesher Shir: which brings together Jewish musicians from diverse backgrounds to study, collaborate, and create meaningful music which will enrich and enliven worship and strengthen communities.
Her husband, Jason, is a Managing Director in the Policy, Research and Integrated Strategies Division of The Glover Park Group providing public opinion research, message development and issue advocacy expertise. The two met at the URJ Kutz camp and have two young daughters Tahlia and Arielle.