We work with local leaders and organizations to seed and support Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education (JOFEE) programs. In order to make that work happen we:
- offer 20k per year in Mini grants to support JOFEE programs
- offer scholarships to attend national Hazon programs
- provide consulting to help bring JOFEE into organizations through programs like the Hazon Seal, our Educational resources or Better Egg project
- foster connections with the growing Jewish environmental community throughout the country.
Becky O’Brien is Hazon’s Director for Boulder, Colorado. She has worked for a variety of social justice causes in the nonprofit sector for more than 18 years. She has a background in volunteer coordinating, programming, political advocacy, fundraising, communications, and non-profit administration. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, graduating summa cum laude from both. She enjoys her family, hiking and camping in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, gardening, knitting, and applying the principles of Voluntary Simplicity to her life.Boulder, CO | 303.886.5865 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Advisory Board
Shari Blake Schnee
Rabbi Marc Soloway
Tricia Bebber is the Kindergarten teacher at the Boulder Jewish Community Center (JCC) Phillips Early Childhood Center since 2010. Tricia also works as the JCC Farm and Garden educator through the Milk and Honey Farm. Tricia is a graduate of CSU Fort Collins with a B.S. in Natural Resources and completed her teaching credentials through Antioch University at Santa Barbara. Tricia loves the inspiration she gains as a steward of the earth through the farm and garden. This inspiration drives her passion as an educator, a mother, and an individual. She believes it is an honor and a joy to watch children have hands-on experiences that teach them where and how our food is grown, which encourages them to live a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. When Tricia is not teaching, she cherishes her time spent with her children. They love to hike, camp, ski, and play with their two dogs. This year they became members of the Milk and Honey chicken co-op and discovered…they love chickens!Boulder, CO
Bryan Goldstein has been active in the Denver music scene for the past 10 years, and upon last year’s graduation from the CU Denver Music Business program (upright bass), he set out to be a farmer and Shepard of the earth. “They kept asking me how I am going to eat, being a musician and all” which is the question that we as a society continually have to face. As a current Moishe House Boulder resident, Bryan brings food consciousness, community gardening, and sustainable solutions to the young “professional” Jewish community in Boulder and abroad. While Bryan is still active on the music scene with Hadgaba, a Balkan-style Klezmer band, the honey comes from his employment at Highland Honey where he processes raw, local, real honey to share powerful food and healing herbal blends with the people. Bryan also works at a glass blowing studio teaching classes and creating hand blown custom works, including a series called “Sukkot,” which was all sorts of realistic veggies and “Yadim” consisting of hand washing cups. Through working with various Hazon mini-grant projects and larger Hazon programs, Bryan has been inspired by the mission and is excited to be part of the team.Denver, CO
Alan Greenberg is originally from New York and moved to Boulder 20 years ago. Alan works as a nutrition consultant at his business, Restoration Nutrition. He holds a certificate as a Nutrition Consultant from the Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® (Cand.). Alan believes people can heal the underlying causes of their illnesses through better dietary and lifestyle choices. As a nutritionist, he brings a unique and skilled approach to the Board and looks forward to helping Hazon fulfill its goal of a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community. He also enjoys combining his passion for the outdoors and Judaism; attending services of the Adventure Rabbi at places like Copper Mountain for the last 15 years. Alan lives with his wife Catherine Greener in Boulder where they enjoy gardening, biking, and hiking.Boulder, CO
Having grown up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Bonnie Houghton spent both her youth and her career with the US Forest Service, living and working in the mountains and wild places of the West. As an outdoor enthusiast, mountain guide, ecologist, environmental planner and public issues collaborator, Bonnie brings mindfulness, vision and organizational leadership to her commitments of egalitarian, ecumenical and Earth based values. While participating in the 2014 Hazon Israel Bike Ride, Bonnie had the opportunity to spend the rest of the year studying at Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and most recently with the ALEPH Renewal Rabbinic program. Bonnie practices and teaches Mussar in the Rocky Mountain Foothills area and is an active member of Congregation Beth Evergreen, a Hebrew School Teacher at Congregation Nevei Kodesh, as well as a student, and former rabbinic intern with Kabbalah Experience in Denver, CO.Denver, CO
Susan Kodish moved to Boulder from Youngstown, Ohio in 1982 to go to the University of Colorado. Susan and her husband, Jeff, and their daughters, Lucy and Molly, share a love of the outdoors and being in the mountains. They are members of Congregation Har HaShem. Susan has worked as the Coordinator of Volunteers for Eco-cycle and as a Paralegal for The Nature Conservancy. Since 2011 she has worked for African Market Baskets. Her work provided her with the opportunity to visit Ghana, meet many weavers and their families and better understand the connection between weaving, food and community. She served on the District Attorney’s Victim Compensation Board, helping distribute court ordered funds to victims of crime. She also volunteered with Jewish Family Services for four years. She has been a member of the Red Wagon Organic Farm Tuv Ha’aretz CSA for several years. She is excited about combining her interests in sustainable food production and the environment with her inherent Judaism to contribute to Hazon.Boulder, CO
Andy is originally from New York. His first in-depth experience with farming was when he spent a summer working on Kibbutz Be’eri, located in the north-western Negev desert. The dedication and communal spirit of the kibbutz members and the love for their work made an everlasting impression on him. Since arriving in the Boulder area in early 2015, after his career in the high tech profession, Andy became involved in the Jewish community. Andy volunteers at Boulder Jewish Family Service and is an advisory board member. He volunteers at the non-profit Growing Gardens and has a community plot. Andy and his wife Terri are members of Har HaShem, live in Louisville and have two grown children. Andy is excited to be a part of the advisory board and to help Hazon locally to make a healthier, more sustainable community a reality so he can help improve the lives of others.Boulder, CO
Shari Blake Schnee has been involved in the Boulder Jewish Community for almost 20 years and is currently the Specialty Camps Director at the Boulder JCC. Shari first became involved with Hazon through her job, but it immediately became a personal passion after attending a local Hazon Food Festival. It was inspiring for her to see the food and environmental movement through a Jewish lens. Shari and her family are members of Congregation Har HaShem and she is a past member of the Tuv Ha’Aretz CSA Steering Committee. She is a member of the Tuv Ha’Aretz Red Wagon Organic Farm CSA. Shari lives in Louisville with her husband Jonathan and her two teenage children, Jared and Mollie. She is excited to be part of the Advisory Board and to help Hazon create a healthier and more sustainable community in Boulder.
A Denver native, Ian Solow-Niederman has developed a passion for Judaism, food and education. While at the University of Colorado, he was lucky enough to intern for Hazon with the 2012 Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit, and continued as an advisory board member. After graduating, he spent time in Indianapolis as the Director of Alumni Engagement for Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and as a Fellow at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Currently, Ian is the Regional Director for BBYO and is happy to serve with Hazon to ensure a better community and world for the teens he works with.Denver, CO
Rabbi Marc Soloway has served as the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, Colorado since 2004. He has always loved food, perhaps a little too much, and in recent years has thought more deeply about where this food comes from, how it is produced and how all of that fits with deep Jewish obligations and values. Marc has ridden twice in the Hazon-Arava Institute Israel Ride in 2008 and 2010. Marc co-chaired two Hazon Food Conferences on the west coast in 2010 and 2011, he is on the Hazon Steering Team in Colorado as well as the Jewish Life team for the Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit in April 2012. Marc was instrumental in bringing Boulder’s first Jewish CSA through Hazon, which is now a collaboration of five synagogues and the JCC with two weekly drop-off sites. Marc is also a proud member of a Jewish goat and chicken co-op across the street from his synagogue. Marc was very active with the Limmud Conference in the UK, serving as co-chair in 1996 and 1997 and he was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado in 2008, which has informed his work with Hazon. He was in Ghana as part of the second AJWS Rabbinic Delegation, volunteering with a grantee in the south, as well as a fellow of the Rabbis without Borders program with CLAL. Marc is also a graduate of the 5th Rabbinic Cohort of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. Before becoming a rabbi, Marc was an actor, storyteller and massage therapist in his native London and currently is the narrator of a documentary film about the Baal Shem Tov.Boulder, CO
Our work is made possible through the generous support of:
Hazon grants up to $20,000 total to seed new, local programs that help create a healthier and more sustainable Colorado. We also provide mini grants to expand, support, and grow existing programs.
The Purpose of this grant opportunity is to inspire and grow a range of programs and initiatives in the Denver/Boulder area that utilize Jewish food, outdoor, and environmental education. This work in aggregate will strengthen and support the JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education) movement. It will support existing Jewish institutions and leaders, and bring new people into Jewish life, thus renewing Jewish life overall. To qualify, every project must help to create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Colorado Jewish community and individual Jewish lives.
2017-2018 Mini Grant Recipients
Ahavah Farm, Colorado Springs
This sustainable Jewish farm, located outside Colorado Springs, aims to build Jewish community through food and farming. The grant will enable them to have a winter CSA that delivers to Denver by building an indoor wash station and two hoophouses. This farm also reduces their rates for Jewish families in need of fresh produce.
Boulder Center for Judaism, Boulder
This Chabad house is looking to reduce the number of disposables and styrofoam that they use. The grant will enable them to purchase reusable dishware and significantly cut their waste.
Congregation Har HaShem, Boulder
This Reform synagogue in Boulder is looking to improve their carbon footprint. The grant will go towards efficiency improvements that will reduce energy use and carbon emissions as well as related educational activities to inform the congregation.
Congregation Nevei Kodesh, Boulder
This Renewal synagogue in Boulder is looking to grow their JOFEE programming and encourage people to bike to synagogue. The grant will enable them to install new raised garden beds and install bike racks.
Ekar Farm Denver
Ekar is an urban Jewish farm in Denver looking for underwriting to offset the cost of their JOFEE programs that enable them to reach 20% more new organizations and age groups. This grant will allow them to offer these services at a lower rate.
Yael Greenberg, Denver/Boulder
Yael Greenberg is looking to create a local, kosher and humanely-raised kosher meat co-op for our Colorado community. This grant will enable her to start the Colorado Kosher Meat Collective to participants in the Denver/Boulder area.
HEA preschool aims to expand their garden program and to source more local ingredients for their cooking program. This grant will enable them to provide a shade structure and purchase new garden supplies.
Kavod Senior Life, Denver
This Denver senior living community is looking to grow their range of intergenerational JOFEE programming. This grant will enable them to put in a vertical garden bed and run planting, harvesting and pickling classes in partnership with Ekar.
This farm, located at the Boulder JCC, is looking to grow their capacity to run more JOFEE programming. This grant will enable them to expand curriculum and activities around their Tzedakah Garden and pilot a farm camp for middle schoolers.
The local branch of this national organization is looking to bring more elements of sustainability and local food to their Shabbat offerings. This grant will enable them to create a community garden, in partnership with either Ekar or Milk and Honey Farm at BJCC, to be used by OneTable’s Shabbat hosts and community, as well as offer educational JOFEE Shabbat programming.
Sustainable Skoolie Adventure, Boulder
This grassroots effort by Chava Anderson, is to build an environmental classroom in a school bus. This grant will go towards creating a “living roof” for the Sustainable Skoolie Adventure bus, which will travel across the state and the country.
Temple Emanuel, Denver
This Denver Reform synagogue wants to grow their JOFEE programming in their preschool. This grant will enable them to construct their “Gan Eden” outdoor greenhouse/botanical classroom for their Early Learning Center.
The Jewish Experience, Denver
This Orthodox Denver organization is focused on innovating Jewish education and creating programs that appeal to a wide audience. This grant will support their “Just Kitchen,” a food justice program where volunteers prepare and deliver kosher meals to the homebound.
This farm engages students, staff, parents, and community members in JOFEE programming by bringing the classroom outside and creating other community events, and a Jewish CSA. This grant will enable them to get through their 2017 growing season, and lay the literal seeds for the 2018 season.
Hazon is pleased to offer scholarships for people from the Denver and Boulder areas to a selection of multi-day Hazon events happening around the country and in Israel.
As a scholarship recipient, we ask that you will identify specific ways to “pay it forward” and use your experience at the Hazon event to grow and strengthen the local Colorado Jewish outdoor, food, farming, and environmental movement.
Scholarships are first come, first served, and applications are accepted for all events at all times. You can receive up to $500 in scholarship and we will reimburse your expenses for attending the retreats (registration and/or travel). We have a limited pool of scholarships available, so please apply for only what you need!
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JOFEE: Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education
I am excited, as a member of this community, to be one piece of this movement”