As we approach Chanukah, it’s natural for our thoughts to turn towards family, unity, tradition and food. Hazon is a strong proponent of “buying less stuff” which means that when we are faced with an influx of gift guides and holiday lists, we ponder how we can rethink gift giving and promote a more sustainable yet just as satisfying alternative. This year, we have decided to brainstorm and release our top eight holiday gifts – a guide that most closely aligns with our values.
It is often said that the best gift is the gift of an experience. You will find several experiences and learning opportunities in this guide. We encourage you to not only think out of the box this season, but more sustainably as well.
For more resources and information on Chanukah, please visit our Chanukah Holiday Guide. For more information on how you can live more sustainably, including buying less stuff, join the Brit Hazon today!
2021 Hazon Gift Guide
We have been hard at work on our updated Shmita Sourcebook and we are excited to announce that it’s now available! The updated Shmita Sourcebook is designed to encourage readers to think critically about the Shmita cycle, its values, challenges, and opportunities. The updated Sourcebook is designed to be accessible to people with little Jewish background, as well as rigorous and challenging for someone with more extensive Jewish learning. Downloading the digital sourcebook is free, oryou may choose to purchase a physical copy for $32. Pre-orders are live now, sign up today!
Hazon and The Tasman Center have partnered up to bring you The Mindful Shmita Workbook. This fantastic workbook includes over 30 pages of teachings, reflection prompts and journaling pages to explore your mindful Shmita practice. Not only are you receiving a workbook, you will also get a 75 minute video companion. This beautiful book was designed by Valerie Brown, Community Educator at the Tasman Center. While the Shmita year may have begun months ago, we know that it’s never too late to begin journaling your intentions for 2023.
Nothing beats the gift of a meal you don’t have to cook yourself! This holiday season, consider giving the gift of a plant-based homemade meal or side dish. We love the Chanukah Guide from Shamayim! This downloadable PDF is free and available to the public. In it, you will find several plant-based holiday recipes to make your (or someone else’s) Chanukah more sustainable.
While 5782 may have started on September 6th this year, this calendar from At the Well is too beautiful not to include. Tracking Jewish time alongside the Gregorian calendarcalendar is an incredible way to integrate spiritual awareness into our daily lives! This calendar is intricately designed and includes 13 images from artist Ilana Rose Cloud.
Have you ever drizzled fresh honey over a hot latke? So geshmak (yiddish for “yummy”)! This gift set from Amalia Haas is your go-to for the gourmet in your life. Not only does it include 3 Varietal and Raw Local Honeys, Cinnamon Creamed Honey and two Mini Honey Bears, but you will get several honey sticks as well. This honey is so good the kids will be playing dreidel for it instead of gelt.
During Chanukah and the Solstice, we can reconnect with ourselves, taking in much needed spiritual nourishment, so that we can emerge renewed and ready to serve the world. Give the gift of tranquility and renewal this season with Rabbi Robin Damsky’s Meditation Series. This series requires no prior experience with meditation. In four weekly sessions the recipient will be guided in melody, earth-based practice, learning and meditation to discover what this season can bring us.
Find inspiration this season through the gift of creativity. We love this creativity kit from The Tasman Center. In it you will find everything you need to relax and get your creative juices flowing. The duel sided, limited edition bag is adorable and perfect to take everything with you to go. Inside you will find watercolors, a beautiful portable candle, a mixing palette and a 100-page journal.
Whether you are hoping to expand your knowledge as an educator or begin your journey as a newbie, you are sure to find a course amongst these offerings from The Institute of Jewish Spirituality. What we love most about these courses are the varying price points. Right now, their beginner course on Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation is free! There is nothing better than the gift of knowledge. We encourage you to take a look and sign up with a friend today to begin your educational journey.
Of course, if you would like to give the gift of Sustainable Jewish Programming and Resources, consider making a donation to Hazon in honor of a loved one. Your donation helps us grow a movement of people, leaders, and institutions committed to generating change, addressing the climate crisis, and reinvigorating a rich environmental Jewish tradition.
With Warm Chanukah Wishes,