The word Hazon means “vision.” Our vision is of a vibrant healthy Jewish community, in which to be Jewish is necessarily to help create a more sustainable world for all.
We effect change in three ways:
- Inspiring and activating people through immersive JOFEE experiences.
(JOFEE is Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education)
- Educating and supporting JOFEE leaders.
- Building a field, by catalyzing and convening Jewish leaders, organizations and individuals to make specific commitments to change – with a particular focus on food systems, because food is both central to Jewish life and to our impact in the world.
Everything we do is rooted in seven core principles:
- Vibrant experiential education that renews Jewish life
Using songs, growing, cooking, meditation, retreats, Shabbat celebrations and the arts…
- Connections between Jewish tradition and the outdoors, food, farming, and ecology
Engaging with texts, ritual, prayer, thought-leadership, and the physical world that sustains us…
- Intellectual excellence and rigor
Relating to Jewish tradition with integrity; committing to best practice; learning from expert teachers; and using ongoing evaluation to improve all that we do…
- Justice, diversity, and inclusion
Including in relation to religious expression, gender, identity, race…
- A focus on leadership, because leadership amplifies impact
Educating, networking, nurturing and empowering leaders across the JOFEE field…
- Healthy and sustainable actions
Operating at the highest possible standards in relation to health and environmental sustainability; farming organically; demonstrating meatless meals; serving high-welfare eggs; reducing plastic and sugar…
- Investing in our own people
Supporting staff and board development as critical to our own long-term success…
So that by 2022, at the end of this Shmita (seven-year) cycle:
- 50,000 people have participated in a Jewish experience that shifted their understanding of what it means to be Jewish
- A network of 600 JOFEE leaders has the skills and support they need to engage people in a national movement
- At least 180 Jewish organizations and 10,000 Jewish people have made specific commitments, with a particular focus on a more ethical, sustainable food system.