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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

Endings and beginnings

Endings and beginnings

August 8th, 2019

 Significant staff changes at Hazon... Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 6 Av 5779 Dear All, In the Torah, this is an end, and then a beginning. We’re starting to read the book of Devarim. It’s the last book of the Torah, and a pivot which[...]

Philip Roth’s Table & the Great Crash of 1987

Philip Roth’s Table & the Great Crash of 1987

July 25th, 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 21st Tammuz, 5779 Dear All, Well: it was a funny week. On Shabbat I discovered my bike had been nicked, overnight. This was my fourth or fifth stolen, over the years, in this otherwise law-abiding city. Then that evening it[...]

Summer and wilderness and complaining

Summer and wilderness and complaining

July 11th, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 8th Tammuz, 5779 Dear All, In this week’s parsha, the children of Israel are in the wilderness of Tzin. A small smile arises as I read it because it’s not just a line in the Torah; it’s also[...]

New Jewish spaces, community, and the power of colocation

New Jewish spaces, community, and the power of colocation

June 27th, 2019

by Nigel Savage Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 24th Sivan, 5779 If you’re involved in leading a Jewish institution do please read this… Dear All, Hazon is moving offices today. This marks at least the temporary end of Makom Hadash, our shared office space, in[...]

A Real Question

A Real Question

June 14th, 2019

by Nigel Savage Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 10th Sivan 5779 Dear All, Do we strive to change the world through fear or through a positive vision? This is not a fake question, or the set-up for an obvious answer. I’m more confused by this question,[...]

Elections

Elections

May 30th, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 40th day of the omer; hod she’b’yesod Dear All, I’ve been in Israel this last week – a week in which the European elections saw continued strength from populist parties – and the Greens–, in which a British prime[...]

Where do we begin? The Hazon Food Conference

Where do we begin? The Hazon Food Conference

May 16th, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 26th day of the omer; hod she’b’netzach by Nigel Savage Dear All, This is indeed a global environmental crisis – indeed, a series of crises. “Climate change” is not only a thing in itself; it is also shorthand[...]

Vision.

Vision.

May 2nd, 2019

By Nigel Savage Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 12th day of the omer; hod she’b’gevurah Dear All, Today is Yom Hashoah, and the attack in Poway of course remains on my mind. Like many of us, I was inspired by the words and[...]

The Four Children: Fresh insight from a beloved text

The Four Children: Fresh insight from a beloved text

April 17th, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 12th Nissan, 5779 The deepest question which underpins all of Hazon’s work is simply this: We are messing up the world. What should we do about that? It’s not hard to sketch out some of the main problems[...]

A remarkable gift from the tradition, starting tonight

A remarkable gift from the tradition, starting tonight

March 21st, 2019

Let me begin at the end. Tonight – start to clear things out. Start to clear out your attic, your basement, your garage. The pantry in your kitchen, and any opened bottle or jar in the fridge or the cupboard that’s been[...]

Not our hazon, and not in our name – Hazon statement

Not our hazon, and not in our name – Hazon statement

March 7th, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | Rosh Chodesh Adar II, 5779 A new organization called “hazon” has suddenly appeared in Israel. They are using our name – and they have very different values from us. We want to make clear not only that[...]

The Acute and the Chronic

The Acute and the Chronic

February 21st, 2019

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 16th Adar I, 5779 by Nigel Savage We’ve been hearing about a “national emergency.”It makes sense for governments to have provisions for such things. Every now and then – in human life, in organizational life, and in[...]

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Strategy Update

February 7th, 2019

Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 2nd Adar I, 5779 We’re in the middle of our strategic planning process. I want to give you a sense of where we are and perhaps where we’re heading. First of all: a huge thank you to[...]

Kaddish for my father

Kaddish for my father

January 17th, 2019

Last year Tu B'Shvat fell on a Tuesday evening. We’d arrived that morning in Johannesburg, and just a few days before I’d Googled and found a Tu B'Shvat seder. It was in a place called Huddle Park. We didn’t know anyone[...]

Tu B’Shvat: Bonna Haberman, MLK, Jim Joseph and my Dad…

Tu B’Shvat: Bonna Haberman, MLK, Jim Joseph and my Dad…

January 10th, 2019

My first Tu B’Shvat seder was with Bonna and Shmuel Haberman Browns, in London, in 1986. Bonna z”l was an amazing woman, who died too young. (This was my tribute to her that The Forward published at the time of her death.) It was[...]

What is Tu B’Shvat and Why Do We Celebrate It?

What is Tu B’Shvat and Why Do We Celebrate It?

January 9th, 2019

by Nigel Savage Introduction to the new Hazon Tu B’Shvat Haggadah You can trace the recent history of  Tu B’Shvat seders like branches on a tree. The first one I went to, in London in 1986, was hosted by Bonna Haberman z”l[...]

Big News: Extending the Adamah Farm & Increasing Capacity at Isabella Freedman

Big News: Extending the Adamah Farm & Increasing Capacity at Isabella Freedman

December 14th, 2018

By Nigel Savage Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 5 Tevet 5779 Dear All, With strong active staff and lay involvement, and support from Project Accelerate, Hazon’s board earlier this year signed off on a new master plan for Isabella Freedman. Isabella Freedman is a place that touches people’s lives[...]

What is our theory of Jewish journeys?

What is our theory of Jewish journeys?

December 9th, 2018

Commencement speech by Nigel Savage Spertus Commencement, Sunday, December 9th 2018, 7th day of Chanukah, 5779 Watch the full video here. Nigel starts speaking at 00:36. Download a pdf transcript here. Dean, Keren, Hal, Tal, Elana, Rabbi Bauman, graduates, family members and friends, A huge[...]

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Big Questions

November 29th, 2018

By Nigel Savage Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 21 Kislev 5779 Dear All, In 2000, a small group of people believed (a) that we had to try to address environmental sustainability in the world, including some big big – BIG – challenges; (b)[...]

Hazon. Important.

Hazon. Important.

November 15th, 2018

by Nigel Savage November 15, 2018 | 8 Kislev 5779 Dear all, In the last two weeks we’ve had the shivahs for the people who were murdered in Pittsburgh, the post-Pittsburgh Shabbat, and then the midterms. As I write, California is on fire[...]

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

Nigel Savage on Hazon Mission Statement

Nigel Savage on Hazon Pedagogy