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Hazon Food Conference

Dec 29, 2015 - Jan 1, 2016

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Join the thinkers and doers of the Jewish Food Movement to explore and experience a new angle on food.

Dance in the new year at the 2015 Hazon Food Conference! Raise a glass and break (artisanal organic) bread with 200 of your new friends: farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and chefs, vegans and omnivores. Our annual event connects passionate people who are working for sustainable food systems nationally and internationally, in their communities, and in their own lives. This year we’ll explore how our choices – from the grocery aisle to the ballot box – help to build or destroy a healthy climate. We’ll connect the dots between cattle pastures in Brazil, almond orchards in California, desertification in the Negev, and Jewish delis in Brooklyn. And we’ll have a great time! Learn from the experts, gather insights from Jewish texts, and delve into hands-on workshops. You’ll never look at your lunch, your grocery store, or your health the same way again. Help plant the seeds for a sustainable future at the Hazon Food Conference.

Last year’s highlights included:

  • VISION: Make collaborative decisions setting the next 7-year goals for the Jewish Food Movement
  • SOURCE: Participate in an educational poultry shechita (kosher slaughter) of heritage breed chickens
  • PARTY: Rockin’ New Year’s Eve “Pollinators’ Ball” party with a live band and contra dancing
  • TASTE: Expert cooking demonstrations and hands-on learning with renowned farm-to-table chefs
  • HOMESTEAD: Workshops with farmers and city folk for backyard chickens, pollinator conservation, and beekeeping
  • EQUIP: Community organizing training and take-home resources to build a sustainable, resilient food future
  • EXPLORE: Daily text study on the Poultry, Pollinators & Policy theme in Hebrew or English at our Open Beit Midrash – all levels welcome!

 

I’m so grateful to have gotten to meet like-minded people my age who are also looking to further contribute to the growing Jewish Food Movement. I really enjoyed spending time at the retreat center in general due its natural beauty. I honestly had a good time participating in any and all activities and sessions.
—Danny, Chicago, IL
 

Please check back soon for registration information.

Camp Teva is for kids ages 5 – 12, and runs simultaneously with retreats geared toward adults. Camp Teva combines the best of Teva’s signature Jewish environmental education with all of the opportunities provided by the Adamah Farm to create a distinctive and creative way for kids to have a fun and safe Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education experience while their parents are enjoying Hazon’s many retreats, conferences, holidays, and workshops at Isabella Freedman. A transformative experience for the whole family!

When you register kids during your event registration process, they are automatically enrolled in Camp Teva! All-inclusive kids’ rates include Camp Teva programming.

more information about camp teva

I am planning to eat fewer processed foods at dinner times – i.e. things that come in a box – and work harder to prepare meals in advance that use whole ingredients instead, so I don’t have to sacrifice the efficiency of having food ready to eat when I get home.
—Maddy, New York, NY
 

Scholarship for Teens (13-17 years old)

Through the generous support of a donor, Hazon is pleased to offer up to 2 scholarships to teens between the ages of 13 – 17, covering program fees and housing expenses. Email margot.seigle@hazon.org for more information.

Scholarship For Rabbinical Students

Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, Hazon is offering scholarships cover the conference fees for participants currently studying to be rabbis. Participants will be responsible for travel and personal expenses. We are especially looking for individuals who are looking to bring back Jewish food education to their communities and their studies.  For more information, please email margot.seigle@hazon.org.

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Tamar Fund Scholarship

Thanks to a generous donation, a select number of individuals will be chosen to pay a discounted registration fee of $180 for economy housing. For more information, please email margot.seigle@hazon.org.

The Tamar Fund is in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z”l who attended the food conference in Davis, California in 2011. Torah, Jewish community, ecology, and DIY food were values that Tamar held dear in her own life, and she very much appreciated the intersection of these values at the Hazon conference. Sharing a meal with Tamar, particularly a Shabbat or Chag meal, was an experience filled with kedushah, where one was effortlessly and joyfully escorted to “a different place.”

 

Young Farmer Scholarship

Are you a young farmer interested in attending the Food Conference? Email Margot at margot.seigle@hazon.org for more information.

Denver and Boulder Area Residents Scholarship

Through the generous support of Rose Community Foundation, 18 Pomegranates, and Oreg Foundation, Hazon is pleased to offer scholarships for people from the Denver and Boulder areas. We are seeking a diverse group of applicants of all ages and religious backgrounds, and especially welcome those working in Jewish organizations. For more information, please email colorado@hazon.org.

 

San Diego Area Residents Scholarship

Through the generous support of the Leichtag Foundation, Hazon is offering scholarships to subsidize a portion of the conference fees for participants from the San Diego area. Scholarships will partially or fully subsidize the conference registration fee (which includes meals and accommodations and all programs, workshops and parties!), and participants will be responsible for travel and personal expenses. We are bringing a cohort from San Diego to the Food Conference to capture new knowledge, connections, energy, and ideas and bring them back to our community. We are seeking a diverse group of participants of all ages and religious backgrounds. For more information, please email gabi.scher@hazon.org.

Detroit Residents Scholarship

For the third year in a row, Hazon is pleased to offer scholarships to Detroit residents through the generous support of our donors and foundation supporters.  This is an opportunity to be part of a cohort that will meet in Detroit pre and post conference, as well as at the conference itself. Those accepted to the Detroit cohort will pay a discounted registration rate of $100 as well as receive a $100 travel stipend. For more information, please email aj.aaron@hazon.org.

San Francisco Bay Area Young Adult Scholarship

Through the generous support of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, we are offering one scholarship for a young adult participant from the Bay Area. Scholarship will subsidize the conference registration fee (meals, accommodations and all programs, workshops and parties!) and travel from the Bay Area (up to $500 towards flight expenses) Participants will be responsible for additional travel and personal expenses and must be a first-time conference attendee.  For more information, please email bayarea@hazon.org.