This Weekend: Hazon Jewish Food Festival at the JCCSF

The Hazon Jewish Food Festival is this Sunday March 17th! Join us for this unforgettable opportunity to connect with the New Jewish Food Movement. Spend your day learning, hands-on doing, and of course, eating, at the intersection of food, sustainability and Jewish life.

Sunday March 17 | 10:00am-5:00pm | JCCSF 3200 California St. | $36-$54

The event is nearly sold out, so reserve your spot now! We have a fabulous day prepared for you. Join us for over 42 sessions to choose from, like “Embracing the Shmita Cycle”, “Hebraic Home-Brewing”, and “The Jewish Life of Bees”. In just one day you can orient yourself to the history of Jewish farming in California, learn new skills in worm composting, bring home the best babka recipe, and explore what you never learned in Hebrew school about food in the Bible. Read on to learn more of what we have in store!

We hope to see you there!

Deborah Newbrun, Hazon Bay Area Director
Alli Rosen, Food Justice Fellow

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Food Festival Workshops: More Announced!

We’re offering over 40 sessions to choose from on how our food choices make a difference. From fair trade food, wine, and spirits, to mindful eating, beekeeping, farming, worm composting, and more, you’ll connect with Jewish traditions and acquire an understanding of food justice, sustainable food systems, and new skills with dynamic, interactive workshops.

7 Easy Steps to Turn Your Million Dollar Food Idea into a Million Dollar Business

Join Josh Spiegelman, of  Roam Artisan Burgers to learn how to start a food business from the ground up.  In this session, we will discuss the essential steps for launching a successful business in the food and beverage/hospitality sector.  Everything from business plan creation, to fundraising and finding the right real estate, to marketing, launching and operating the business of your dreams.

Scaling Up: From Individual to Collective, Sustainable Impact

Erica Hymen and Matt Balaban. program officers at AJWS will discuss how we already makechoices each day that challenge our broken food system, yet inequities persist. What would it take to see large-scale, systemic change? In this interactive workshop, we will build our organizing skills to influence positive, lasting change. Using lessons learned from local and international struggles – for healthier school food at home and for more effective food aid abroad – we’ll demonstrate the power of grassroots organizing.

How to Balance Your Hormones Using Judaism and Your Fork
In this talk. Dr. Sara Gottfried will share her revolutionary method of hormone balancing: a natural approach that blends ancient wisdom traditions with integrative and functional medicine, called The Gottfried Protocol. Dr. Sara just published her first book, The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive, and Vitality with The Gottfried Protocol (Simon & Schuster, 2013). The central tenet of The Hormone Cure is how you amplify hormone balance with the way you eat, move, think, and supplement. Dr. Sara will explain the “why” of hormone balancing for men and women, and how what’s on the end of your fork and in the forefront of your mind can be the biggest needle-movers when it comes to getting healthy. Challah at your hormones!

See the full list of workshops to choose from

Shop, Eat, Sample at the Shuk (Market)

What’s more important than the food at a Jewish Food Festival? We have a tasty menu in store for your eating pleasure, so bring an open mind and an empty stomach! Not only will you feast on delicious food in our workshops, but you can taste and purchase a variety of local, sustainable foods at the Shuk!

The Shuk is free and open to the public in the JCCSF Atrium, all day. Featuring:

Authentic, Hand-Crafted Petit Syrah Eric Cohen of Shoe Shine Wine and Justice Grace Vineyards will sell his California Petit Sirah. “Shoe Shine Wine is the loving extension of our heart and soul and the first offering from our San Francisco based family run micro-winery, Justice Grace Vineyards. We are uniquely focused on Petite Sirah and dedicated to making world-class wines that are food friendly, complex, elegant, and balanced.

Farmer Freed Culinary Salt Blends Farmer Emily Jane Freed will sell her Farmer Freed Culinary Salt Blends. Add a pinch when cooking to bring out the flavor of your food or as a finishing salt as you sit down to enjoy a meal.Farmer Freed’s culinary salt blends make perfect hostess, teacher, and holiday gifts as well as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s & Father’s Day, graduations, and for your best friend who has everything.

Food Art Nina Bonos from Nina Bonos Joyous Judaica will feature her fine art original watercolors and mixed media paintings and collages, prints and note cards. Her Judaica images include trees of life, Seven Sacred Species, pomegranates, figs, grapes, and apples. Her mixed media collage miniatures incorporate re-purposed objects such as plastic netting originally used to package vegetables and fruits, recycled metals and beach glass, branches, stones and more.

Learn more about the Food Festival Shuk

Hazon Jewish Food Festival in the Press




Nosh and Learn at S.F.’s Jewish Food Festival

By Josh Leskar
Debbie's Rugelach

Calling all Hebrews, She-Brews, Other-Brews and Non-Brews: quit your kvetching and check out the San Francisco Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, March 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hazon and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (3200 California St.) are teaming up to host the event, which is a local version of Hazon’s national, multi-day conference. For one day, Bay Area residents will have the opportunity to learn, taste, and experience the Jewish Food Movement through local merchants and activists.

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Just harvest: Hazon Jewish Food Festival offers a full plate of workshops, tastings

By Dan Pine

Chew on this: For decades, San Francisco has been home to a Jewish filmfestival, Jewish music festival and a large outdoor celebration of Israel. Yet there has never been a Jewish food festival in town.

Until now.

The first Hazon Jewish Food Festival is scheduled to get under way at 10 a.m. March 17 at the JCC of San Francisco. It promises a full day of learning, discussion and, of course, eating. Plenty of eating.

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Thank You to Our Partners

We thank and acknowledge the participation of this growing list of community groups and foundations supporting this year’s Hazon Jewish Food Festival:

JCCSF, Urban Adamah, AJWS, Camp Tawonga, Wilderness Torah, Fair Trade Judaica, Moishe House, Upstart, Bend the Arc, Keshet, The Kitchen, Rodef Shalom, Beth El Berkeley, David B. Gold Foundation, Doug and Lisa Goldman Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund