Hazon, in its current form, was formed in 2014, through the merger of two organizations: the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, which was founded as the Jewish Working Girls Vacation Society in 1893; and Hazon, founded by Nigel Savage in 2000 in New York City. The enlarged Hazon includes Elat Chayyim and the Teva Learning Center, each of which also was previously a separate organization. Click here to read the history of Isabella Freedman prior to 2000.
The Ride ends at the White House.
Hazon wins the EPA EnergyStar for Congregations Award.
Two of the people who first met as riders subsequently get married – the first (but not the last) couple to meet at a Hazon event.
Richard Dale becomes board chair.
Isabella Freedman launches the Adamah program, directed by Dr. Shamu Sadeh. (The Hazon NY Ride provides a first $3,600 mini-grant.)
The Hazon NY Ride starts, for the first time, at Isabella Freedman.
Launch of The Jew & the Carrot.
Hazon publishes first draft of Food For Thought, a 130-page compendium of source texts on Jews, Food & Contemporary Life.
First Sukkahfest held at Isabella Freedman.
Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality merges with Isabella Freedman.
First Hazon Food Conference, at Isabella Freedman.
Over 300 participants at the New York Ride. (A $25,000 grant from the NY Ride pays for the downpayment on the new Adamah house.)
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi teaches at the Shavuot retreat at Isabella Freedman for the first time.
10 Jewish CSAs are now in Hazon’s network.
At the Hazon Food Conference, we announce the launch of the Shmita Project.
David Weisberg becomes the director of Friends of the Arava Institute – Hazon’s partner on the Israel Ride.
The Cooper Silent Meditation Retreat becomes an annual tradition at Isabella Freedman.
Kaplan Family Farm is given to Isabella Freedman, to provide a much needed permanent home for the expansion of Adamah.
First Israel Sustainable Food Tour.
637 people at Hazon Food Conference, including major delegation from Colorado.
Hazon launches Jewish Climate Campaign and leads Jewish delegation to The Celebration of Faith Commitments for a Living Planet at Windsor Castle.
There are now more than 40 Hazon CSAs.
The Rose Community Foundation, Oreg, and 18 Pomegranates support Hazon to hire staff in Boulder and Denver.
Hazon joins the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.
The first Siach conference takes place at Isabella Freedman, a partnership between Hazon, the Heschel Center in Israel and the Jewish Social Action Forum in the UK, and backed by UJA-Federation of NY and the Jewish Agency.
Relaunch of the Cross-USA Ride.
Siach Conference in Israel: Jeremy Benstein & Nigel Savage lead a significant session on shmita.
Hazon and Isabella Freedman announce planned merger.
Surprise Lake Camp and the Teva Learning Alliance, supported by the Hazon & Isabella Freedman boards, decide that Teva should also be part of the enlarged Hazon.
Hazon Jewish Food Festivals are held in in Colorado, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.
Hazon hires staff in Philadelphia, following several years strong work by the Philadelphia Advisory Board.
First Jewish Intentional Communities Conference, at and with the Pearlstone Jewish Retreat Center.
Publication of Hazon Shmita Sourcebook. David Weisberg hangs a “Shmita Countdown Clock” at Isabella Freedman.
Beit Havurah house donated to Hazon in October
Pre-Jewish National Fund Sustainable Israel tour.
First ever Israel Intentional Communities tour.
Hazon President Nigel Savage represents the Jewish community at interfaith climate conference in Paris, hosted by President Hollande, ahead of the COP 21 talks in late 2015.
Together, Isabella Freedman Center and Hazon host the longest and most attended Sukkahfest ever!
For 10 days, 500 people gathered to celebrate and be together in nature.