Vision & Mission

Hazon means vision.

We create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.

Our programs are multi-generational and give entry points for Jews of all backgrounds who are concerned about the environment and the world. Hazon serves a national and international population; members of every denomination and those who are unaffiliated; intergenerational from children to seniors – including families and singles, with a particular focus on young adults interested in developing the skills to take on leadership roles in their communities and make a difference in the world.

We effect change in the world in three ways:

Our programs directly touch lives in powerful ways.

Hazon’s New York Ride is held over 4 days during Labor Day weekend in the New York area and draws over 300 participants from across the country. Rider fundraising supports the work of Hazon and its major partners. A series of smaller grants are allocated to projects in the Jewish community.

The Arava Institute & Hazon Israel Ride is held annually over 7 days in the Fall. The Israel Ride is a 200-300 mile journey that provides participants the opportunity to experience the beauty and challenges of the Israeli landscape in a whole new way.

Retreats at Isabella Freedman take place throughout the year. Click here for a full list of upcoming retreats.

The Hazon Food Conference brings together foodies, educators, rabbis, farmers, nutritionists, chefs, food writers, and families who share a passion for learning about and celebrating food.

The Adamah Fellowship is a three-month leadership training program for Jewish young adults in their 20s that integrates organic farming, sustainable living, Jewish learning, community building and contemplative spiritual practice.

Teva is a transformative experience twice over: first, for the middle-school students who come for four days at a time to connect Jewish tradition and ecological stewardship; and secondly, for the 20-somethings (and a few 30-somethings) who live at Teva for 10 weeks at a time, teaching the intensive Teva programs.

Writing, speaking, teaching, and advocacy.

The Jewish Food Education Network (JFEN) offers resources, curricula, and training about food and Jewish tradition, to help you navigate questions on topics such as nutrition, industrial farming, obesity, and family food traditions in a Jewish context. JFEN enables educators to tap into the passion about food and the environment in their communities and use food as a platform for innovative Jewish education.

“The Jew and the Carrot,” a partnership between Hazon and the Forward, at www.jcarrot.org, serves as a public front page for our food work, bringing the discussions among Jewish farmers, day school educators, food enthusiasts, chefs, and families about what is kosher – literally, “fit” – for us to eat to far reaching corners of the Jewish community and beyond.

Through the work initiated two years ago with the Jewish Climate Change Campaign, Hazon is participating in a new global initiative on Green Pilgrim Cities to inspire pilgrims on all continents and the pilgrim cities that receive them to leave a positive footprint on the Earth.

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.

Capacity-building includes:

  • 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
  • Naming and catalyzing the Jewish Food Movement, including our Food Conference and a series of gatherings

Read our original mission statement from 2000.