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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

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[...]

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From then to now. And where next?

October 18th, 2018

by Nigel Savage Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 9 Cheshvan 5779 Dear All, This is a blunter email than usual. For 18 years Hazon’s impact in the world has been partly predicated on not ‘banging people over the head,’ as I sometimes put it.[...]

From Teshuva to Joy to Strategic Planning

From Teshuva to Joy to Strategic Planning

October 4th, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 25 Tishrei 5779 Dear All, The holidays are over and it’s the start of the rest of our lives. I’ve been thinking about the end of the Jewish holidays, how the pieces fit together, what they mean and imply. I[...]

Hazon Book Club, Sukkot, the Farm Bill and the midterms

Hazon Book Club, Sukkot, the Farm Bill and the midterms

September 21st, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 11 Tishrei 5779 Dear All, I hope you had a good and strong Yom Kippur. Someone yesterday asked me: how do we take all this intensity and good intentions and vulnerability and desire to change and actually integrate[...]

Five Ways to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

Five Ways to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

August 23rd, 2018

by Nigel Savage Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 12 Elul 5778 Dear All,  Be brave and make plans to see people. Host people or reach out and ask someone if you can come over to them. We talk about the black fire and[...]

The Overstory: A First-Ever Hazon Book Club!

The Overstory: A First-Ever Hazon Book Club!

August 9th, 2018

by Nigel Savage Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 28 Av 5778 Dear All, On Shabbat it’s the last day of Av and the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul. (And my grandma’s yahrtzeit.) Sunday morning – the second day of Rosh Chodesh, and the first[...]

Join us in Living the Change

Join us in Living the Change

July 27th, 2018

Hazon is the leading Jewish partner in Living the Change – a worldwide, faith-driven, evidence-based initiative designed to address the growing environmental challenges for our shared home. Demonstrate on a global scale how your individual transportation, home energy use, and diet[...]

What are we to do?

What are we to do?

July 12th, 2018

by Nigel Savage Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 29 Tammuz 5778 This is a fresh attempt to explicate the seeming tension between the “Jewish” impact of our work and the “environmental” impact of our work. The question is: “What is the purpose of[...]

Death & life; a cemetery; eating animals...

Death & life; a cemetery; eating animals...

June 29th, 2018

by Nigel Savage Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 15 Tammuz 5778 Dear All, Monday I went to see Eating Animals. Tuesday I went to a (quite moving and inspiring) funeral. Tonight I’m off to England. Then this Shabbat it’s the 17th of Tammuz. But we don’t fast on Shabbat, so this[...]

Hazon: The Jewish Lab for Sustainability...

Hazon: The Jewish Lab for Sustainability...

June 7th, 2018

by Nigel Savage Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 24 Sivan 5778 Dear All, This week we were gratified to be listed in the Slingshot guide, the annual compilation of the most inspiring and innovative organizations and programs in the North American Jewish community. We’re proud[...]

A real gift / pass this on...

A real gift / pass this on...

May 17th, 2018

By Nigel Savage Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 3rd Sivan 5778 | 47th day of the omer | Hod she’b’Malchut Dear All, This email is intended to be a gift, a series of gifts. I offer you – variously – the chance to get in better[...]

A Remarkable Four Days

A Remarkable Four Days

May 3rd, 2018

by Nigel Savage Thursday, May 3, 2018 | Lag B’Omer 5778 | hod she’b’hod Jerusalem Dear All, How would it be if we only ate food that made us feel bad, day after day? And then only very occasionally ate food that was actually good for[...]

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