Hazon Food Conference

Dec 29, 2015 - Jan 1, 2016

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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Join the thinkers and doers of the Jewish food movement to explore a new angle on food and our changing climate.

Sign up today and use the discount code SETTHETABLE for $50 off per adult! This special discount ends December 13th. 

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.

Learn, eat, cook, and create with leaders in food and sustainability, including:

  • Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and leading climate activist (by video uplink)
  • Dean Cycon, founder of Dean’s Beans, a pioneering sustainable coffee company
  • Ted Merwin, Ph.D., deli expert and author of “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli”
  • Naftali and Anna Hanau of Grow & Behold, a kosher pasture–raised meat company
  • Rabbi Danny Senter, COO of Kof-K kosher supervision and backyard homesteader
  • Mirele Goldsmith, Ph.D., environmental psychologist, Green Strides Consulting and director emerita of the Jewish Greening Fellowship
  • Robert Friedman, owner of Robariah Farms, a kosher, sustainable Massachusetts poultry farm
  • Leah Koenig, author of “Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes & Customs for Today’s Kitchen”
  • and many more!

Want to share your expertise at the Food Conference? Submit a session proposal.


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

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Sign up today and use the discount code SETTHETABLE for $50 off per adult! This special discount ends December 13th. 

Rates start at $425 per person and include all programming, lodging, and meals. Click the “register now” button above for information, room rates, and to register online.

Online registration is for full credit card payments only. If you would like to pay in installments, pay by check, or apply approved financial aid, please call 860.824.5991 x0. Please review our lodging options and rates prior to calling. You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered and made a payment online or by phone. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please call us at 860.824.5991 x0.

If you’re new to Isabella Freedman, click here for information about where we’re located, arrival and departure times, what to bring, etc.

If you run into trouble registering, please call the Isabella Freedman office at 860-824-5991 x0.

Click here for information about Financial Aid. »
Hazon is committed to making our Transformative Experiences financially accessible to as many people as possible. We believe that participation in these kinds of events are a core feature of a healthy and sustainable Jewish community in the 21st century. Please note that in our efforts to provide access to our events, we must balance our ability to meet individual requests with our ability to spread our resources among as many participants as possible. You can help support us in this endeavor by considering your request carefully. Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis. Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the start date of the event. Please submit your financial aid application prior to registering. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 x0.


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

Lisa Anne Botnick Scholarship for Teens (13-17 years old)

Are you a young foodie? Do you dream about milking cows while in class? Are you interested in learning how to eat more sustainably? Are you curious about how to fight climate change at the grocery store? Then the 2015 Hazon Food Conference is for you! Learn, explore, and meet new people who are also excited about food! Bring back new ideas to your school and community. 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. Deadline extended until December 4th. Email hody.nemes@hazon.org for more information, or click “apply.”


Scholarship For Rabbinical Students

Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, Hazon is offering scholarships to cover the conference fees of 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 hody.nemes@hazon.org.


Tamar Fund Scholarship

Thanks to a generous donation, a select number of individuals will be chosen to pay a discounted registration fee. For more information, please email registrar@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.”


Denver and Boulder Area Residents Scholarship

Through the generous support of Rose Community Foundation, Oreg Foundation, and 18 Pomegranates, Hazon is pleased to offer Food Conference scholarships for people from the Denver and Boulder areas. We are seeking a diverse group of applicants of all ages and religious backgrounds who want to get inspired by national programs and like-minded leaders so that they can return and continue to make Jewish food and environmental programming a vibrant part of the Colorado Jewish community. If you have any questions, please contact 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 sue.salinger@hazon.org.

San Francisco Bay Area Young Adult Scholarship

This scholarship participant has been selected and we are no longer accepting applications.
Through the generous support of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, we are providing one scholarship for a young adult participant from the Bay Area. Scholarship includes the conference registration fee (meals, accommodations and all programs, workshops and parties!) and travel from the Bay Area (up to $500 towards flight expenses) The participant 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.