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Hazon Philadelphia Jewish Food Festival

Nov 15, 2015 - All Day

Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA

Co-hosted by Congregation Kol Ami and Congregation Keneseth Israel
Located at 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Thank you for a great Food Festival! Check out some photos from the day:

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“There’s a glorious celebration coming up in a couple of days. It’s one of the most positive, forward–thinking, community–driven, important festivals of the year. No matter your age or prior knowledge with respect to the confluence of Jewish food traditions and sustainability, if you’re free on Sunday, November 15th, meet me in Elkins Park.”
—Michael Bomze, Jewish Exponent, 11/10/15


This was the first time I’ve ever attended a program like this. I learned a lot about Hazon, the needs within our communities and how we, as Jews, can help make the world a better place.

I was so excited about learning how to make quick pickles that I went and bought the Mason jars on the way home. I just made my first batch and can’t wait to try them!

I happen to be a Quaker but found the Food Festival to be engaging and inspiring. To be surrounded by smart people of any faith, who share a desire to learn and grow towards creating sustainable and just food systems was very exciting. The historical/religious perspective brought into light where we’ve come from as humans, where we are now, and how we might learn from those who came long before us.

The people at this conference, the presenters, vendors, as well as attendees, were all interesting, welcoming, warm, and friendly. We came from over an hour away, and still were able to play Jewish geography, meeting people who knew people we knew.

Join us to:

  • learn at a keynote presentation
  • feast on a sustainable, certified-kosher lunch
  • browse a marketplace full of goodies, crafts, snacks, and information
  • engage in workshops about everything from food justice, to sustainable farming, to eco-kashrut, to healthy cooking techniques. Visit the “programming” tab for a full descirption.

Schedule Overview

9:15 – 10:00 – Registration and morning activities (coffee and snacks, morning yoga, volunteer projects, and more)

10:00 – 11:30 – Keynote Panel

11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch

11:30 – Marketplace opens, continues until 4:00pm

12:30 – 1:20 – Workshop Session 1

1:30 – 2:20 – Workshop Session 2

2:30 – 3:20 – Workshop Session 3

3:20 – 4:00 – Marketplace

Visit the “Programming” tab for detailed program information.

9:15 – 10:00 – Registration and morning activities

Morning Stretch sponsored by Kaiserman JCC

Service Project sponsored by Repair the World

Coffee (free!) sponsored by Old City Coffee

10:00 – 11:30 – Keynote Panel

Panel discussion on Farm Animal Awareness, featuring:

  • Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States,
  • Naftali Hanau, CEO and Founder, Grow and Behold, and
  • Update: Sarah Shamirah Chandler, CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) at the Jewish Initiative for Animals,
  • Moderated by Nigel Savage, Founder and President, Hazon

Visit the “Keynote” tab to read our panelists’ bios and a detailed description of the topic.

Challah for Hunger will offer family-friendly programming during the keynote. If your kids can’t sit still for a panel, come braid funky flavors of fresh challah!

11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch and Marketplace open

We are pleased to offer a lunch buffet with the price of admission! Catering by Herban Quality Eats, a West Philly-based catering start-up specializing in natural, nutrient-rich, delicious foods. All dishes will be plant-based, allergy-sensitive, and locally sourced wherever possible. Kosher supervision by the Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia (Keystone-K). Click the “Lunch” tab to preview the menu.

The marketplace will be in full swing from 11:30 to 4:00.

12:30 -1:20 – Session 1

Programs in the Food & Torah track

Programs in the Food Production track

Programs in the DIY track

Programs in the Family-Friendly track

1:30 – 2:20 – Session 2

Programs in the Food & Torah track

Programs in the Food & Society track: 

Programs in the Food Production track: 

  • Chasing Summer: The Mixed-Up World of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
    with Emily Kohlhas, John Vena Produce

Programs in the DIY track

2:30 – 3:20 – Session 3

Programs in the Food & Torah track

  • The Seven Sacred Foods of Judaism: Why Are They More Relevant Than Ever?
    with Jeffrey Cohan, Jewish Veg

Programs in the Food & Society track

Programs in the Food Production track

Programs in the DIY track

  • Learn the Secrets to Making Great Italian Fettuccine
    with Teen Chef Eitan Bernath

Programs in the Family-Friendly track

Download the full program information here.

3:20 – 4:00 – Marketplace

Check out the “Market” tab for a full list of our 60 vendors, including:

  • local produce
  • fresh-baked challah
  • natural body products
  • handmade pottery
  • lots of baked goods (including vegan and gluten-free treats)
  • Israeli foods
  • information on local programs and organizations
  • and more!


Everyone has a unique relationship to the a morally complex and deeply cultural act of raising farm animals and eating meat. How can Jewish wisdom guide us as we navigate decision-making in a world of unprecedented distance from our food sources?


Paul Shapiro

Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States

Paul Shapiro has played an integral role in numerous successful legislative and corporate campaigns to improve the plight of farm animals. In his role overseeing efforts to pass state laws and corporate policies, he works with lawmakers and major food retailers alike to implement animal welfare reforms in the agricultural industry. Shapiro founded Compassion Over Killing in 1995 and served as its campaigns director until January 2005. While there, he worked as a farm animal cruelty investigator and led initiatives to end misleading advertising on factory farm products. Shapiro has been interviewed in hundreds of print, broadcast and online news sources as an authority on farm animal welfare and animal advocacy. He has also published dozens of articles about animal welfare in publications ranging from daily newspapers to academic journals.


sarahUpdate: Sarah Shamirah Chandler

C.C.O. (Chief Compassion Officer), the Jewish Initiative for Animals

  • Sarah Shamirah Chandler will be speaking in place of Rabbi Mary Zamore on the keynote panel. Sarah is the C.C.O. (Chief Compassion Officer) for the Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA), where she works to support Jewish institutions to establish meaningful food policies rooted in Jewish ethics and animal welfare. She recently served as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon’s Adamah Farm and teaches, writes and consults on a national level on issues related to Judaism, the environment, mindfulness, food values, and farming.


Naftnaf chicken verticalali Hanau

CEO and Founder, Grow and Behold

Naftali is a shochet (ritual slaughterer), m’naker (ritual butcher), farmer and professional horticulturist. He grew up around the corner from the kosher butcher in Rochester, NY, and has been a carnivore from a young age. After spending a summer at Adamah and learning more about the ethical and environmental issues surrounding modern meat production, Naftali realized he had to change his lifestyle a bit. He learned shechita in Crown Heights, NY, and Scranton, PA, and has studied at butcher shops and slaughterhouses across the country with many experts in the field of kosher meat production. Naftali earned a Degree in Horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture and spent a year as Greenhouse Manager at Adamah, a Jewish environmental farming program in northwest Connecticut; he has also worked on several organic farms and owned his own landscaping firm.


nigelModerator: Nigel Savage

Founder and President, Hazon

Nigel Savage, originally from Manchester, England, founded Hazon in 2000, with a Cross-USA Jewish Environmental Bike Ride. He has twice been named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States, and is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Before founding Hazon, Nigel was a professional fund manager in London, where he worked for NM Rothschild and was co-head of UK Equities at Govett. He has an MA in History from Georgetown, and has learned at Pardes, Yakar, and the Hebrew University. He was a founder of Limmud NY, and serves on the board of Romemu.



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Marketplace Sponsor

Camp Pinemere

Keynote Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

 Camp JRFGrow and Behold Foods - RGB (web)


Bronze Sponsors

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Community Partners



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Many thanks to Pinemere Camp for sponsoring the marketplace.

milkcrateMilkCrate will serve as the official event app for the Hazon Philadelphia Jewish Food Festival! MilkCrate is a new mobile app and digital hub that makes living more sustainably fun and easy. It connects users with local, sustainable businesses and resources in their community. Each business and vendor at the festival will be listed in the app, making it easy for everyone to access business profiles, find booths and save vendor information. Download today on iOS and Android!


Vendors and Exhibitors:

We are pleased to offer a lunch buffet with the price of admission!

Catering by Herban Quality Eats, a West Philly-based catering start-up specializing in natural, nutrient-rich, delicious foods. All dishes will be plant-based, allergy-sensitive, and locally sourced wherever possible. Kosher supervision by the Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia (Keystone-K).


Tentative Menu (subject to change):

Himalayan Red Rice

  • Seasoned with fresh herbs and spices

Cold Sesame Noodles

  • Seasoned with toasted sesame oil and herbs, served with peanut sauce

Tempeh Skillet

  • Organic, locally-sourced tempeh simmered in a ginger marinade with mushrooms and chickpeas

Sweet Potato Mash

  • Seasoned with coconut milk, spices, and a touch of virgin coconut oil

Spruce Salad

  • Organic kale, pears, cranberries, and pecans with balsamic ginger vinaigrette

Interested in starting a food festival in your area? Hazon can help!

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