We are excited to announce that Hazon is in discussions to merge with Pearlstone!
After 21 years leading Hazon, Nigel Savage has stepped down. Jakir Manela, the current Pearlstone CEO and longtime Hazon participant and board member, now leads Hazon, with the plan of leading the joint organization.
Moving Forward Together
Together we are committed to making Pearlstone, Hazon, and the JOFEE & Jewish retreating movements stronger and more impactful than ever before. Together we will navigate the years ahead, together we will face the climate crisis, and together we will bring joy, inspiration, and love.
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We are leading a transformative movement weaving sustainability into the fabric of Jewish life, in order to create a healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable world for all.Learn about our mission, vision, and values
Pearlstone offers a one-of-a-kind, memorable, and meaningful experience to all who visit. The picturesque facility helps create intimate and personal connections between people of all backgrounds and affiliations. From large corporate events to educational field trips and family, overnight and day camps, our space is welcoming to all Jewish, faith-based, and secular organizations, individuals, and families.
We are excited to add this facility to the Hazon family. Along with Isabella Freedman, the two retreat centers will allow us to offer immersive retreats to a wider audience.Learn more about Pearlstone
Innovative – Immersive – Transformative
Hazon’s innovative sustainability programs will expand, allowing us to further inspire this and the next generation of leaders.
Our kosher pluralistic retreat center on 400 acres in the Connecticut Berkshires.
Farming fellowship integrating Jewish learning, social justice, and spirituality.
Hazon Seal of Sustainability
Tools to help green your institution and create a sustainability plan.
Jewish Youth Climate Movement
Empowering teens to mobilize communities and take action.
Bringing sustainability to the Metro Detroit Jewish community.
Experiential learning fostering Jewish, ecological, and sustainability awareness.
Farm & Forest School
Joyful nature connection, spiritual wisdom, and loving community.
Become part of the solution to the climate crisis as an individual.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Pearlstone and Hazon hoping to merge?
When will the merger happen?
What will be the name of the merged organization?
The Isabella Freedman brand will continue to be the primary experience for participants coming to the Freedman Retreat Center, as will the Pearlstone brand for everyone going to retreats there.
The combined entity contains a cornucopia of outstanding brands in the JOFEE world: Adamah, Family Farm Camp, Farm & Forest School, the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, Jewish Youth Climate Movement, Teva, Tiyul Adventure Camp, and more. We will engage consultants in the months ahead to create an intentional branding strategy that maximizes the strength and synergy of our brands both individually and collectively.
What programming will the new combined organization offer?
The Pearlstone Campus will continue to be home to many successful perennial programs including Tiyul Adventures, Farm & Forest School, TEVA, and Hebrew School on the Farm. Beloved annual immersive retreats such as Family Farm Camp and Jewish holiday celebrations will continue, as will eco-stewardship programs including the Permaculture Design Course and THRIVE.
Isabella Freedman will continue to host impactful retreats for Jewish Holidays, Adamah, and various JOFEE gatherings.
Across the nation, Hazon will continue to support the impactful Seal of Sustainability, Brit Hazon, and Jewish Youth Climate Movement, as well as Detroit programs such as the Michigan Jewish Food Festival, Food Rescue, and Relief Garden Initiative.
What will the new organization do with two retreat centers?
Who and where is leadership?
Jakir Manela will serve as the new CEO of Hazon effective August 1st, based at Hazon’s new headquarters at Pearlstone.
In the months to come, we will continue sharing news regarding the development of Hazon and Pearlstone’s new leadership teams.
Will there be a new board? What happens to existing board members of Pearlstone and Hazon?
Who served on the merger negotiation team?
Pearlstone was represented by Jakir Manela, and Board Members Emile Bendit, Rachel Siegal and Becky Brenner.