The word hazon means vision. We work to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all.
We were founded in 2000 and we have grown every year since, by pretty much all metrics. We are based in New York City and at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, in Falls Village, CT, and we have staff in Detroit, San Diego, Boulder and Denver. We welcome participants of all religious backgrounds and none, and we work closely with a wide range of institutions and leaders across the Jewish world.click here to view our brochure
The Torah is a commentary on the world,
and the world is a commentary on the Torah.
We effect change in three ways:
- Transformative Experiences: Immersive multi-day programs that directly touch people’s lives in powerful ways
- Thought-Leadership: Changing the world through the power of new ideas and fresh thinking, including writing, teaching, curriculum-development and advocacy
- Capacity-Building: Not just working with people as individuals, but explicitly supporting and networking great projects and partners in North America and Israel
Our programs directly touch lives in powerful ways.
Hazon’s Transformative Experiences are immersive-intensive-inclusive multi-day retreats, bike rides, holidays, adventures, workshops, conferences, festivals, and vacations. Transformative Experiences encourage people to make a difference in the world, and in the process enable them to renew and reframe their own Jewish journeys. Individuals, families, and communities make a journey to experience a Judaism that connects with their passions – and they return home transformed: refreshed, inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility for a sustainable future in the Jewish community and beyond.
Immersive experiences that build broad-based community around the growing field of Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE)
Diverse participants make the pilgrimage to Isabella Freedman for eco-conscious and spiritually uplifting holiday celebrations
Unique retreats that serve as portals for engagement to bring together the passions and needs of distinct communities with the larger work of Hazon
- Retreats at Isabella Freedman, on all of the Jewish holidays, plus silent meditation retreats, Blues For Challah, LGBT programming and others. One special highlight in 2014 – our first-ever Purim Retreat, led by Roseanne Barr
- Multi-day food programs, including the Hazon Food Conference and the Hazon Israel Sustainable Food Tour
- Multi-day bike rides, including our NY, CA and Israel Rides
- Teva Retreats for middle-schoolers
- The 3-month Adamah program, for 20-somethings
- Our Intentional Communities Conference
Writing, speaking, teaching, and advocacy.
We provide thought-leadership to the Jewish community and beyond through our writing, speaking, teaching and advocacy. Our collection of curricula, source books, and other resources are an accessible doorway to explore the connections between Jewish tradition and contemporary issues. Anyone can benefit from these resources. They can be used by individuals, formal and informal educators, rabbis, and lay leaders in synagogues, JCCs, day schools, camps, or just around the dinner table with family and friends. Thought-leadership is central to our work of creating a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community and healthier and more sustainable world for everyone, catalyzing the New Jewish Food Movement, and building intellectual bridges between Jewish tradition and key contemporary issues.
- Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education (JOFEE): The JOFEE Report is intended to foster a conversation about how we strengthen Jewish life, and create a more sustainable world for all, by developing the JOFEE field in the next decade and beyond
- Resources on Jews, Food & Contemporary Issues: curricular materials for adults and kids and JFEN: The Jewish Food Education Network
- Our award-winning blog The Jew & the Carrot: an online conversation about Jews, food, and contemporary life
- Resources on incorporating shmita – the ancient sabbatical year in Jewish life - into our modern world
- Weekly emails, speaking, and teaching that we do throughout the year
Supporting great people and projects in North America and Israel.Capacity-building means seeking to effect change not just by impacting individuals as individuals, but also by seeking to strengthen organizations, create and develop networks and hubs, and foster leadership development. Capacity-building includes catalyzing and supporting the Jewish Food Movement seeking to develop the worlds of Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education (JOFEE) in multiple ways through building and supporting field-building activities.
- Developing the JOFEE Network – seeking to recruit, train, network, support, and help deploy a growing number of people who are interested in working in the JOFEE field, as well as supporting other immersive JOFEE programs
- Fostering new networks and ideas through the Jewish Intentional Communities Initiative and the Jewish Intentional Communities Conference
- Supporting rabbis, educators, Jewish leaders, and Jewish institutions around the country, especially in our regions: Boulder, Denver, New York, Detroit, and San Diego
- Raising money for other organizations across North America and in Israel through our bike rides, and overseeing Makom Hadash to help incubate, house and network great young organizations in the Jewish world
- Helping to develop the Siach Network, and convening a series of gatherings bringing together leaders from the environmental and social justice worlds in Israel, Europe and North America
- Naming and catalyzing the Jewish Food Movement, including our Food Conference and a series of gatherings
If you’re interested in talking to us about how we might work together in the future – and especially about how we might be of use in your community – please be in touch.