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 50 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 only two 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 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.

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Special Recent Posts

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American Distinctiveness…

January 11th, 2018

by Nigel Savage Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 24 Tevet 5778 Dear All,I begin with condolences and congratulations.Condolences: We join with many others in mourning the tragic loss of Hannah Weiss, z"l, and her family. Hannah's memorial service took place this week. Although I had[...]

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Reb Zalman z"l and the Tree of Life

December 27th, 2017

by Nigel Savage Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | 11 Tammuz 5774 Dear All, As the week goes on, and despite events in Israel and so many other things, I remain profoundly aware of the death of Reb Zalman, may his memory be for a[...]

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3 Good Things...

November 30th, 2017

by Nigel Savage Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 12 Kislev 5778 Dear All,Last week I shared Shawn Achor’s superb TED Talk.Part of his punchline is that if you journal three different good things that happen to you each day, over time that starts to cause you actually[...]

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A gratitude video that's laugh-out-loud funny - and helpful, too...

November 22nd, 2017

  by Nigel Savage Dear All, Last week, I sent to all of our staff, what I think is the best – and more significantly the most useful – TED Talk I’ve ever seen. It’s from a few years ago, by a fellow called Shawn[...]

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Fear and light

November 16th, 2017

by Nigel Savage Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 27 Cheshvan 5778 Dear All, It’s Rosh Chodesh Kislev this weekend. Light in the darkness. I say: Bring it on. That was my first thought. And my second was: What’s the line between cliché and language that is[...]

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The Ceremony of Innocence

November 2nd, 2017

by Nigel Savage November 2, 2017 | 13 Cheshvan 5778 Dear All, I rode into work the day before yesterday, as I do many days of the year, on a beautiful bike path on a beautiful day. Hazon worked quite hard, for several years,[...]

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Sabbaticals, shmita, post-sabbatical...

October 19th, 2017

by Nigel Savage October 19, 2017 | 29 Tishrei 5778 Dear All, This week is the start of the rest of our lives the first week after the end of the Jewish holidays, and my first week back at work after my sabbatical.[...]

Less Fear, More Resolve

Less Fear, More Resolve

September 8th, 2017

by Nigel Savage Originally posted in the Forward on August 30, 2017. "Who shall live and who shall die,” a line in the prayer Unetanneh Tokef, is the emotional highpoint of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy. The power of it[...]

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The Paris Accords – Now What?

June 2nd, 2017

From Nigel Savage June 2nd, 2017 | 8th Sivan 5777 Dear All, Jewish tradition isn’t just for kids and it isn’t just for synagogues and it isn’t just about bagels or dressing up on Purim. This last week, across the Jewish world, we celebrated Shavuot,[...]

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I hope to see you this Sunday at the Celebrate Israel Parade...

June 2nd, 2017

From Nigel Savage June 2nd, 2017 | 8th Sivan 5777 Dear All, It’s the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration this year. When Lord Balfour wrote to Lord Rothschild, on behalf of the British government, neither of them knew that, thirty years later,[...]

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"Time Is So Precious..."

May 25th, 2017

From Nigel Savage May 25th, 2017 | 29th Iyar 5777 | Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan | 44th day of the omer | gevurah she’b’tiferet "Time Is So Precious..." Dear All, That’s a lot of dates on the dateline above. And we’re also: three days after[...]

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Changing the world, one (JOFEE) Fellow at a time…

May 18th, 2017

From Nigel Savage May 18th, 2017 | 22nd Iyar 5777 | 37th day of the omer | gevurah she’b’yesod Changing the world, one (JOFEE) Fellow at a time… Dear All, 16 partner organizations. 17 JOFEE Fellows. Over 500 discrete programs. And an estimated 37,000[...]

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Halachah and Aggadah

May 4th, 2017

From Nigel Savage May 4th, 2017 | 23rd day of the omer; gevurah she’b’netzach | 8th Iyyar 5777 Halachah and Aggadah Dear All, Let me start at the end. Shavuot this year falls midweek. It is one of the most glorious times of the year[...]

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47 years... and the next ten days

April 20th, 2017

From Nigel Savage April 20th, 2017 | 24th Nisan 5777 | 9th day of the omer; gevurah she’b’gevurah   Dear All, Nearly half a century ago, on April 22, 1970, twenty million people took to the streets for the first Earth Day – which[...]

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This year in Jerusalem…

April 6th, 2017

From Nigel Savage   April 6th, 2017 | 10th Nissan 5777 This year in Jerusalem… Dear All, The last year in which I didn’t set foot in Israel was 1984. My visits have encompassed the days of the asimonim, the devolution of the currency, and[...]

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Significant news from Isabella Freedman…

March 23rd, 2017

From Nigel Savage March 23rd, 2017 | 25th Adar 5777 Significant news from Isabella Freedman… Dear All, How do we maintain balance in the 24/7 news cycle? How do we mediate social media and real life – and does the latter need airquotes (“real[...]

Yom hafuch  / eating treif…

Yom hafuch / eating treif…

March 9th, 2017

From Nigel Savage Dear All, “Hafuch” means something like “upside down.” If you order a “café hafuch” in Israel you’ll get the Israeli version of a cappuccino. One of my favorite phrases, from the same root, is “mamash l’hefech” “exactly the opposite.” So[...]

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When they go low, we go deep...

February 23rd, 2017

From Nigel Savage February 23rd, 2017 | 27th Shvat 5777 Dear All, There’s a lot going on. In recent weeks I was at the Jewish Community Farming gathering at the Leichtag Commons in Encinitas – one of the best gatherings of its sort that[...]

Here's what you can do this Tu b'Shvat

Here's what you can do this Tu b'Shvat

February 7th, 2017

From Nigel Savage Dear All, Tu b'Shvat, the Jewish celebration of trees, is observed this Friday night (February 10th) and Saturday (February 11th). This holiday offers us a midwinter moment to take stock of our relationship with Jewish tradition, the natural world,[...]

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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[...]

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