The teaching that speaks to me most deeply, at the moment, is the one about having two pieces of paper in our pockets. One says, ‘You are dust and will return to dust…” and the other says, “for you the world was made…”
Nigel Savage founded Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability, in 2000. He served as its CEO for 21 years, stepping down in July 2021.
Under his leadership, Hazon became the largest environmental organization in the American Jewish community.
Hazon was one of only two groups to have been in every single Slingshot guide, and was recognized by the Sierra Club as one of 50 leading faith-based environmental organizations.
Nigel has been a popular teacher and speaker in a wide range of venues.
In recognition for his work, in 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has twice been named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States. He is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award, and has given Commencement speeches at Wagner (NYU, in 2011), at Hornstein (Brandeis, in 2014) and at Spertus (in Chicago, in 2018).
Before founding Hazon, Nigel worked in asset management in London for NM Rothschild and as co-head of UK Equities at Govett. He has an MA in History from Georgetown, and has learned at Pardes, Yakar, and the Hebrew University. He was a founder of Limmud NY.
Nigel executive produced the British independent movies Solitaire For 2 and Stiff Upper Lips and had an acclaimed cameo appearance in the cult Anglo-Jewish comic movie, Leon The Pig Farmer. He is believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.New York, NY
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December 30th, 2021
Please make a gift to Hazon today. Every dollar received by the end of the year will be directly invested into our growing programs and deepening our impact. December 30, 2021 | 26 Tevet 5782 | Jerusalem Dear All, For affording me this sabbatical,[...]
August 6th, 2021
Friday, August 6, 2021 | 28 Av 5781 Dear All, You might think this email would for me be easy and obvious. But it has been the hardest one to write. I want to convey some seemingly contradictory ideas. It has been right[...]
July 28th, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 20 Av 5781 Dear All, There was the first time I went on this thing called Facebook. It asked my religion, so I wrote "Manchester United." It asked my politics, so I wrote “Jewish.” We can talk some other time[...]
May 4th, 2021
Please enjoy this week's video newsletter message. Full text transcript is below. We were thinking we might try and send out some videos as well as just written words, and this week's parsha seemed like a great time to begin. (Leviticus 25:1)[...]
April 21st, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 24th day of the omer – tiferet she'b'netzach Dear All, Tomorrow is Earth Day, and there’s lots happening. I hope you will attend some of the many events that are taking place, including our second annual #SoundTheCall. And tune[...]
March 18th, 2021
March 18, 2021 | 5 Nissan 5781 Dear All, The whole world we live in, right now, is “both/and” rather than “either/or.” Everything happens simultaneously. Everything and its opposite is true. Things overlap and repeat, fold in upon themselves. I feel this strongly in relation to[...]
February 11th, 2021
February 11, 2021 | Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar Dear All, The Hebrew month of Adar, by tradition, “increases joy.” Those who are used to Jewish tradition may take this idea for granted. But underlying it are presumptions that are worth thinking about,[...]
December 9th, 2020
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | Erev Chanukah Dear All, First: a huge thank you to every single person who has supported us in 2020. A record number of people supported us on Giving Tuesday. I and we appreciate it. This year we survived,[...]
November 20th, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 3 Kislev 5781 And announcing a new initiative for college students: Campus-at-Camp – at Isabella Freedman – spring '21. Applications opened today and close December 4th. Dear All, I’m feeling intensely the amplitude of life right now. One of the things that[...]
View more of Nigel’s essays here.
Less Fear, More Resolve in Sh’ma Now, August 30, 2017
How the Once-Every-Seven-Years Observance of Shmita is Changing Jewish Lives in The Huffington Post, September 2014
On Tribes, Food and Community in Jewish MegaTrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future
Time for Jewish Evangelizing in The Jewish Daily Forward, June 2014
Talking Torah and Tzedek with Uri L’Tzedek
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s Inaugural Climate Conferencce
Nigel Savage on Hazon Mission Statement
Nigel Savage on Hazon Pedagogy