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, originally from Manchester, England, founded Hazon in 2000, with a Cross-USA Jewish Environmental Bike Ride. Since then, Hazon has grown the range and impact of its work in each successive year; today it has more than 60 staff, based in New York City, at Hazon’s Isabella Freedman campus, and in other locations across the country. Hazon plays a unique role in renewing American Jewish life and creating a healthier and more sustainable world for all.

Hazon is one of a tiny handful of groups to have been in the Slingshot 50 every year since inception, and in 2008, Hazon was recognized by the Sierra Club as one of 50 leading faith-based environmental organizations.

Nigel has spoken, taught, or written for a wide and significant range of audiences.  (A selection of his essays are at hazon.org/nigel). 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, and is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award. He has given Commencement speeches at Wagner (NYU, in 2011) and at Hornstein (Brandeis, in 2014). In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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

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Inspiration, aspiration, respiration…

January 26th, 2017

From Nigel Savage   Dear All, In December we had a board meeting and took part of the time to discuss the election. One of[...]

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Transitions & beginnings / a first-ever joint email...

January 17th, 2017

Dear All, This past Shabbat, we read the last chapter of Bereishit, the book of Genesis. On Sunday and Monday, we celebrated MLK weekend. And this coming Shabbat, we start the book of Shmot, the book of Exodus. Bereishit is a story[...]

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Gratitude & practice

January 12th, 2017

From Nigel Savage Dear All, It’s a hundred years since 1917. Technological change was accelerating. The promise of human-powered flight had turned into bombs raining down on the miserable soldiers in the trenches of the First World War. (One of them was[...]

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New light, new ideas, new collaboration

December 22nd, 2016

From Nigel Savage Dear All, We’re going strong into 2017. Hazon has had the best year in our history, and we have big ambitions for 2017 and beyond. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us this year (including the many of[...]

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Adaptive leadership / "the 3 x 3 grid"

December 6th, 2016

From Nigel Savage Dear All, This last weekend at Isabella Freedman we held our fourth Jewish Intentional Communities Conference. I arrived at Freedman – truthfully – tired, a little sick, and more than somewhat depressed about the state of the world. I[...]

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One week later / a 9-year-old's question to G!d...

November 17th, 2016

From Nigel Savage Thank you for the kind and thoughtful comments that many of you sent in response to last week's email. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and I fear the intensity of what is going on at the moment.[...]

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The day after the election

November 9th, 2016

From Nigel Savage I had a very strange day today: I rode out of Jerusalem, on the first day of our Israel Ride, with our largest ever group of participants, on a beautiful day. The day went smoothly and easily. The[...]

Brexit, the presidential election, social capital & the evolution of synagogues…

Brexit, the presidential election, social capital & the evolution of synagogues…

November 1st, 2016

From Nigel Savage There's a fascinating academic study on the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the UK. One of the things it looked at was the relationship between social capital and the referendum. It defines social capital as the[...]

One other vote on November 8th

One other vote on November 8th

October 13th, 2016

by Nigel Savage All eyes on November 8th are on the presidential election. To many of us it feels the most consequential choice, with the starkest consequences, of any in our lifetime. As the CEO of a non-profit, I have no[...]

The power of retreat

The power of retreat

October 6th, 2016

by Nigel Savage Shana tova – happy new year. I was in shul and I was wondering: if a social psychologist could somehow track the behavior of all the Jewish people in the world, relative to a/ our own behavior the rest[...]

Shana tova / The year in wider perspective...

Shana tova / The year in wider perspective...

September 22nd, 2016

by Nigel Savage This is our last email of the first year of this shmita cycle. Rosh Hashanah – a week on Sunday night, October 2nd – marks the start of year two. It has been a good and productive and impactful[...]

360 degrees / change your place

360 degrees / change your place

August 25th, 2016

by Nigel Savage "Shanah,” the Hebrew word for year, has two opposite meanings: change, and repeat. On one hand, we know the coming year will hold the same calendar, the same holiday cycle, and what seems like the same life situations as[...]

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The People of the Bike Redux

July 18th, 2016

by Nigel Savage A version of this email was due to go out on Thursday evening. But 85 people were murdered in Nice that evening, so we decided to hold off until this morning. Over the weekend - as we know[...]

The View From England

The View From England

June 30th, 2016

by Nigel Savage This has been a shocking week to be in England. I feel very sad. The overarching thread of the emails that I write for the Hazon list is our theme quote – “the Torah is a commentary on the[...]

The old and the new

The old and the new

June 16th, 2016

by Nigel Savage Na’aseh v’nishmah – “we will do and we will learn” – are the words with which the Jewish people received the Torah, which we celebrated last weekend. The words are famous because of their order: it is the[...]

Israel / leaning in

Israel / leaning in

June 2nd, 2016

by Nigel Savage Hazon will be in the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York this Sunday, riding bicycles alongside our Topsy Turvy Bus. Many people would not mind if we were not there; it’s 2016, nothing about Israel is uncontroversial, and[...]

Learning from Lubavitch

Learning from Lubavitch

May 20th, 2016

by Nigel Savage Hazon’s tag line, built into our logo, is “Jewish inspiration. Sustainable communities.” These four words are an imperfect attempt to summarize not only an ethos that underpins our work, but also some of its contradictions. Those contradictions have, if[...]

Organic Jewish life, now

Organic Jewish life, now

May 5th, 2016

by Nigel Savage It's spring, we're counting the omer, much is happening. I wanted to say something about the nature of Isabella Freedman as a Jewishly-inflected retreat center – why that is so unique and vital and also hard to define, and[...]

“Freedom to…..” / seder night in the age of Sanders & Trump

“Freedom to…..” / seder night in the age of Sanders & Trump

April 21st, 2016

by Nigel Savage What do we read? The vital lesson of Hillel in the 21st century. I was mooching around the internet, looking for a copy of the (excellently-named) Chazon Ovadia (the haggadah of Rav Ovadia Yosef, z”l) and I was thinking[...]

The rhythms of tradition

The rhythms of tradition

April 7th, 2016

by Nigel Savage The current iteration of ideas and programs that are encompassed by "Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education," ie "JOFEE" for short, is less than twenty years old. But Pesach – chag ha'aviv, the festival of spring – is[...]

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