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Nigel Savage

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
 
 

Nigel Savage   President & CEO

Nigel Savage founded Hazon, the Jewish lab for sustainability, in 2000.
We have grown steadily each year since then. Today we have a wide range of programs, all focused on turning Jewish life outwards to create a more sustainable world for all – and strengthening Jewish life in the process in vital and innovative ways.

Hazon is one of only two groups to have been recognized in every single Slingshot guide. We have been recognized by the Sierra Club as one of 50 leading faith-based environmental organizations.

In 2015 Nigel 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 was a professional fund manager in London, where he worked for NM Rothschild and was 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, and serves on the board of Romemu.

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 | 212.908.2503 | nigel@hazon.org

Special Recent Posts

Getting down to bedrock

Getting down to bedrock

May 24th, 2021

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 14 Sivan 5781   Dear All, Many of the arguments that divide contemporary Jewish life come down to different readings of what it means to be Jewish. I want to offer some of my own thoughts on this. Before[...]

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Shmita & Parshat Behar Bechukotai 5781

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)[...]

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Different Jewish narratives in relation to place

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[...]

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Earth Day as a secular chag

April 9th, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021 | netzach she’b’gevurah    Dear All, It’s Earth Day two weeks from today. This prompts me to think about Earth Day as the secular equivalent of one of the festivals of Jewish life. Doing so helps us to better understand[...]

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The Economy, Krugman, Healthcare, Pesach – and Power, Ethics & Ecology in Late Jewish Antiquity

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[...]

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Rosh Chodesh Adar, and a preview of the Shmita Prizes

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,[...]

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Thoughts on this Tu B'Shvat

January 28th, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | Tu B'Shvat 5781   Dear All, One of the questions underpinning the entire Jewish environmental movement is the question: to what end? If we want to make a difference in the world, can’t we – shouldn’t we –[...]

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Light In The Darkness

January 12th, 2021

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 28th Tevet 5781   Dear All, Tomorrow night it’s Rosh Chodesh Shvat. The beginning of the beginnings. Next week a new president, a new government. The week after it’s Tu B’Shvat and the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest. The almond[...]

Darkness, and light – from the United Nations

Darkness, and light – from the United Nations

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,[...]

Light, and the amplitude of life

Light, and the amplitude of life

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[...]

September 9th, 2029

September 9th, 2029

October 20th, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 27 Tishrei 5781 Dear All, The Jewish holidays are over, and the rest of our lives now proceeds. I’ve been thinking about one particular future date that should be in our calendars - and why it should[...]

The fires this time: public goods, the Jewish community, different time horizons

The fires this time: public goods, the Jewish community, different time horizons

September 15th, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 26 Elul 5780   Dear All, We weren’t going to send an email this week. We figured there’d be enough in your inbox in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am prompted by the fires out West to[...]

(A small number of) you are invited to join us for the chagim at Isabella Freedman

(A small number of) you are invited to join us for the chagim at Isabella Freedman

September 9th, 2020

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 20 Elul 5780   Dear All, These of course will be unique chagim. The shuls and rabbis are preparing hard, and now is a time to send love to every rabbi, to every cantor, to every leader of[...]

Rosh Chodesh Elul, the instinct for joy – and a great short video on blowing the shofar

Rosh Chodesh Elul, the instinct for joy – and a great short video on blowing the shofar

August 20th, 2020

Thursday, August 20, 2020 | 30 Av 5780 | Rosh Chodesh Elul   Dear All, Today is my grandma’s 17th yahrtzeit. Tomorrow, the first of Elul, would have been my father’s 88th birthday. To be honest, we didn’t realize that this was Dad’s birthday until after[...]

Cancel culture & Tisha B'Av

Cancel culture & Tisha B'Av

July 27th, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020 | 6 Av 5780 Dear All, First: 2020 Vision Rides are proceeding; our first Adamah At Home has just completed, very successfully indeed, and two more cohorts are now planned; and you can book an Isabella Freedman Getaway[...]

Two ways to feel better this summer (or maybe three)

Two ways to feel better this summer (or maybe three)

July 16th, 2020

Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 24 Tammuz 5780 Dear All, Wave upon wave of change and challenge. For the Jewish community, as for the world, there have been overlapping responses since early March. Understanding what this thing was. Changes in behavior, in what you could[...]

Isabella Freedman: an update, and an invitation

Isabella Freedman: an update, and an invitation

June 23rd, 2020

Thursday, June 23, 2020 | Rosh Chodesh Tammuz 5780 Dear All, I want to explain how and why Freedman has been closed, and also to invite you to join us for an “Isabella Freedman Getaway” – a 5- or 12-night stay at Isabella Freedman.[...]

The launch of Adamah At Home, and thoughts about M4BL

The launch of Adamah At Home, and thoughts about M4BL

June 18th, 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 26 Sivan 5780 Dear All, Isabella Freedman is closed as a retreat center, but the state of CT has reduced the minimum period for bookings, which now enables us - next week -  to launch Isabella Freedman Getaways.[...]

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Perspectives

June 3rd, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 11th Sivan 5780 Dear All, I don’t feel like I have a lot of wisdom right now. This is hard. The lessons of Jewish history favor moderation, and striving to keep one’s balance. It is relatively easy for[...]

Isabella Freedman Update and Summer Getaways

Isabella Freedman Update and Summer Getaways

May 26th, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 47th day of the omer, hod she'b'malchut Dear All, Normally at this time of year we share updates on our plans for a vibrant summer at Isabella Freedman. As we all know, this year is a different kind of[...]

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

 

Rabbi Jesse Olitzky’s Behind The Ballot Box podcast: On The Climate Crisis with Nigel Savage, August 18, 2020

 

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