Hazon recently completed a strategic plan in order to refocus our work in the coming years. Read our updated mission statement and theory of change below or view our new brochure to learn about our new direction.
We are in a global environmental crisis. Jewish tradition compels us to respond.
Hazon is the largest faith-based environmental organization in the U.S. and is building a movement that strengthens Jewish life and contributes to a more environmentally sustainable world for all. As the Jewish lab for sustainability, Hazon effects change through immersive experiences and inspires individuals and communities to make specific commitments to change with a particular focus on food systems.
People who participate in our programs…
- deepen their Jewish identities;
- experience the connection between inherited Jewish wisdom, food, climate, and the natural world; and
- become linked with others who care about creating a more sustainable Jewish community and world.
Hazon develops, networks, and provides resources for those growing into leadership – people changing existing institutions or building new organizations and communities that live the values we cherish and the world needs. These individuals become part of a powerful movement of like-minded people within and outside the Jewish community who take responsibility for fixing what has gone awry in our relationship to the world and for designing a more sustainable future for all.click here to view our brochure
Theory of Change
The word Hazon means “vision.”
Our vision is of a vibrant healthy Jewish community, in which to be Jewish is necessarily to help create a more sustainable world for all.
We effect change in three ways:
- Inspiring and activating people through immersive JOFEE experiences. (JOFEE is Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education)
- Educating and supporting JOFEE leaders.
- Building a field, by catalyzing and convening Jewish leaders, organizations and individuals to make specific commitments to change – with a particular focus on food systems, because food is both central to Jewish life and to our impact in the world.
Everything we do is rooted in seven core principles:
- Vibrant experiential education that renews Jewish life
Using songs, growing, cooking, meditation, retreats, Shabbat celebrations and the arts…
- Connections between Jewish tradition and the outdoors, food, farming, and ecology
Engaging with texts, ritual, prayer, thought-leadership, and the physical world that sustains us…
- Intellectual excellence and rigor
Relating to Jewish tradition with integrity; committing to best practice; learning from expert teachers; and using ongoing evaluation to improve all that we do…
- Justice, diversity, and inclusion
Including in relation to religious expression, gender, identity, race…
- A focus on leadership, because leadership amplifies impact
Educating, networking, nurturing and empowering leaders across the JOFEE field…
- Healthy and sustainable actions
Operating at the highest possible standards in relation to health and environmental sustainability; farming organically; demonstrating meatless meals; serving high-welfare eggs; reducing plastic and sugar…
- Investing in our own people
Supporting staff and board development as critical to our own long-term success…
So that by 2022, at the end of this Shmita (seven-year) cycle:
- 50,000 people have participated in a Jewish experience that shifted their understanding of what it means to be Jewish
- A network of 600 JOFEE leaders has the skills and support they need to engage people in a national movement
- At least 180 Jewish organizations and 10,000 Jewish people have made specific commitments, with a particular focus on a more ethical, sustainable food system.