For many years I’d been hearing about the Hazon rides and this year I finally decided to sign up — now I’m just disappointed that I didn’t sign up years ago! The weekend was the perfect combination of relaxation over Shabbat, making new friends and building community, and challenging myself on two long rides. Having the crew, rest stops, and support vehicles also makes the Hazon ride the perfect opportunity to push yourself and try a longer route than you’ve ever done. Riding back into Walker Creek Ranch on Friday afternoon after riding 80 miles and hearing everyone cheering was something I’ll never forget. – Mara Berde
Hazon landed in the Bay Area with a Food Conference in 2006 and since then has been meeting Bay Area residents and visitors at the intersection of Judaism, environmental awareness, and physical health. We offer programs, thought leadership, and community partnerships to organizations and individuals in the region.
Our California Ride is held in the spring in Northern California. We launched our inaugural Ride in 2010 with 120 participants. The Ride features Hazon programming at the Shabbat retreat, followed by a beautiful ride in Sonoma and Marin Counties, and ending in San Francisco. Our 2015 Ride & Retreat was held over Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7-10.
Bay Area Food Festivals have been held annually since 2012. Our next Food Festival will be held at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
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Drisana Davis was born and raised in Hawaii, has a BA in English Literature from UCSB, and has been a professional in the non-profit sector for over ten years. She recently relocated back to CA after spending seven years as Manager of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Mitzvah Food Project. While there, she directed hunger relief programs and food drive events at five food cupboards that annually served over 4000 unduplicated recipients. Drisana spent the last two months in India in a yoga teacher training course. At Hazon, Drisana’s primary responsibilities include overseeing Hazon’s Golden Gate Ride, marketing Hazon’s local events, and supporting our Food Justice Work. She lives in San Francisco and enjoys spending time with her family in California, hiking, cooking, and learning about nutrition, health and wellness and traveling.San Francisco, CA | 415.397.7020 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nia is Hazon Bay Area’s Food Justice Fellow. She received her BA in Social Justice Education and Community Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. In addition to Jewish education, programming, community building and engagement, Nia loves to cook, read, travel, make art and spend time outdoors.San Francisco, CA | 650.380.5991 | email@example.com
Because the poor will never cease to be in the midst of your land, therefore I command you saying: Open your hand to your brother, to your needy, and to the poor in your land.
Our current industrial-based food system does not adequately give equal access to healthy, nourishing food. However, Jewish tradition, firmly rooted in texts from the Torah, sees a direct connection between social justice, agriculture, and religious/communal obligations. Hazon stands at the forefront of the New Jewish Food Movement, which incorporates multiple entries into the world of food justice through a Jewish lens.
We are expanding our impact on the entire Jewish sustainable food movement, bringing issues of affordability, labor practices, and access to healthy, sustainable food to the forefront of the consciousness of all who are working to improve our food systems. We encourage the full spectrum of the Jewish community to promote social and economic justice locally, nationally and internationally, as a key Jewish value. See page 56 for an overview of Hazon food justice programs.
The Hazon Fit to Eat Guide was released in early 2015. This is a comprehensive, go-to resource for Jewish institutions, organizations, and agencies to use to integrate food justice learning through a Jewish lens into community programming. It is our goal to share materials, curricula, and successful program ideas so to build awareness and foster relationships that will extend to the broader community nationally so that food justice becomes an established part of the work of the Jewish community.
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Hazon Bay Area often partners with local organizations and makes appearances in the community at various events. Stay tuned for a list of upcoming community events.