From 2006 – 2015, Hazon ran programs in the Bay Area at the intersection of Judaism, environmental awareness, and physical health, furthering the Jewish Outdoor Food and Environmental Education (JOFEE) movement. Hazon Bay Area has been instrumental in creating and implementing JOFEE resources and educational materials around healthy, sustainable eating, food justice, greening projects, and more. We offered programs, thought leadership, and community partnerships to organizations and individuals in the region. While we are no longer directly running programs through a Bay Area regional office, our local, national and international work continues…
California Ride: With six annual Ride and Retreat weekends, we welcomed over 340 riders and raised $560,000 to support our work and our mini-grant program. Through our mini-grants, Hazon Bay Area provided seed grants to over two dozen local partner organizations. If you’re interested in participating in a Hazon Ride, please take a look at our New York Ride and Israel Ride.
Food Conference: Over three years, we had more than 1,400 participants at our Bay Area Food Conferences. Hazon’s annual Food Conference is now held at Isabella Freedman in Falls Village, CT.
Food Festival: We held three Bay Area Jewish Food Festivals (annually after 2012) with approximately 2,000 total attendees. Our most recent festival was held at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto on Sunday, October 18, 2015. To learn more about Hazon’s Food Festivals across the country, please visit our website.
Community Activities, Outreach and Education: Over the years, we offered Jewish themed nature hikes through Synagogues and JCCs to help connect the Bay Area Jewish community to the values of gratitude, observation, and stewardship. In addition, our community rides allowed cyclists to come together in a non-competitive environment to explore the region and learn how cycling can be an effective transportation alternative. We regularly partnered with synagogues, JCCs, schools, and local organizations to deliver high-quality workshops, lectures, and educational experiences outside our defined programs. In 2015, implemented a series of ten community-building Shmita-inspired Do It Yourself (DIY) workshops aimed at increasing opportunities for local young adults to connect to their Jewish identity through food and sustainability and to meaningfully engage with one another.
Resources: Our regional office has developed and provided resources on Shmita, the sabbatical year for the land in Jewish tradition and, most recently, created Fit to Eat: Food Security and Justice Resource and Action Guide, a resource for Jewish institutions to self-organize actions that deepen and broaden efforts to create a more just, fair food system. All of Hazon’s current educational materials are available online and many are free to download.
Though we are no longer a regional office, we look forward to a continued Hazon presence in the Bay Area through our educational materials and to Jewish Outdoor Food and Environmental Education (JOFEE) programming that will be run by JOFEE Fellows at Wilderness Torah, Urban Adamah and the Oshman Family JCC (OFJCC).
Please keep abreast of other exciting national programming, and if you have any questions or would like more information on Hazon’s national resources, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.