The only way we’re going to get it together, is together
Welcome to a growing community of Metro Detroiters exploring health, environmental awareness, nature, the outdoors, and food in all its delicious interconnectedness. We are educators and learners. We are among those making a connection to our deep wisdom tradition grounded in wonder and gratitude. We claim justice and Tikkun Olam as part of who we are. Hazon in Detroit is here to support you in creating a healthier, more sustainable way of life, community, and world.
We work to strengthen existing congregations and organizations through education, earth-based ritual, greening for sustainability and regeneration, a CSA and garden development. And we create new opportunities to connect through our Davidson Urban Ag and Education Fellowship in Detroit’s historic NorthEnd, the Michigan Jewish Food Festival, and more.
Join Hazon Detroit for a sunset kayak ride to close out Shabbat! Take a contemplative paddle through Detroit’s little-known Eastside Canals, spending some time on the broad expanse of the Detroit River.
Join Hazon Detroit for a Summer Shabbaton – up north at the 2-Day Michigander Bicycle Tour! Start off Friday night camping and entering Shabbat at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, then ride Saturday and Sunday for up to 25-30 miles each day.
Expand your culinary expertise, experience the pleasure of harvesting your own organic fruits and veggies, unpack the complexities of our global food system, and connect to our ancient food tradition. The Kids’ Food Conference, specially designed for young foodies, makes it perfect for the whole family!
The Michigan Jewish Food Festival is a celebration of food, spirit, justice, families and health! Come to the Eastern Market – where nearly all our families began their American journeys – and taste what our tradition has to offer.
Sue Salinger creates the direction of and manages Hazon’s program in Metro Detroit. She leads a dedicated team that is re-imagining what it means to be Jewish in a city and region undergoing rapid change, through partnering to build capacity within existing Jewish institutions in Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education, and creating new programs and experiences that bring people together across difference around health and sustainability. Sue was the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park, Michigan, and Director of Education at Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University, an MA in Communications and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and is A.B.D. towards a PhD in Communications Philosophy at EGS. While at Naropa, Sue was a teaching assistant to Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, zt”l. She’s a Master Gardener and lives in Sylvan Lake, Michigan.Detroit, MI | 248.997.6348 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Gutman is the Associate Director of Hazon in Detroit and is thrilled to bring transformative Jewish experiences to children and adults in the greater Detroit community. Prior to joining Hazon, she was the Director of Youth and Family Learning at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, MI. A Michigan native, Allison attended Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS. Allison loves being outside, studying Torah, hiking, cooking delicious vegetarian food, and working in the garden with her husband Brian and their sons David and Micah.Detroit, MI | 248.997.6344 | email@example.com
Brittany Feldman is the Program Coordinator for Environmental and Outdoor Engagement at Hazon Detroit. She attended Central Michigan University where she studied Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration. Prior to joining Hazon, she worked as an Outdoor Educator for Tamarack Camps and a Program Coordinator at the Farmington Hills Nature Center. Her background includes leading educational programs in teambuilding, adventure courses and environmental wilderness classes. In her spare time Brittany enjoys hiking, tie-dyeing, and watching the Food Network.Detroit, MI | 248.752.4294 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sky comes from a long line of lawyers, teachers, and farmers… and she embodies all three. Sky has an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Forensic Science from South University. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from The University of Massachusetts. At Hazon Detroit, she is coordinating Hazon Detroit’s Jewish community garden program, the Jewish CSA, and the summer farming and fellowship experience at Oakland Avenue Farmway. She lives at and runs her own urban farm in Detroit. She has a 9 month old son, and she and her husband are both circus performers in their “free” time!Detroit, MI | email@example.com
Ilana is the Program Associate at Hazon Detroit. She attended Dickinson College where she studied environmental studies and studio art. Prior to joining the team at Hazon Detroit, Ilana was a fellow at Urban Adamah, where her passion and interest in food justice began to grow. She WWOOFed and spent three months traveling, learning and living in intentional communities throughout Israel. Outside of work she is an outdoor enthusiast. Ilana enjoys meditating, running, hiking, biking, skiing, cooking delicious food, and spending time with the beautiful people in her life.Detroit, MI | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazon’s work in Metro Detroit is made possible by the generosity of the following funders:
William Davidson Foundation
The William Davidson Foundation seeks to have impact in the following areas of interest:
- Preserving and enhancing Jewish identity and tradition in the United States and Israel, with a special interest in Southeast Michigan.
- Strengthening and revitalizing the Southeastern Michigan region.
Ben N. Teitel Charitable Trust
In our first year of operation in Metro Detroit (August 2015 – July 2016), we’ve been grateful for the opportunity to work with these organizations (among others):
Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
North End Christian CDC/Oakland Avenue Farmway
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Congregation Adat Shalom
Hillel Day School
Congregation Shir Tikvah
Temple Beth El
Michigan Fitness Foundation
The Boggs Center
Repair the World
Detroit Jews for Justice
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Congregation Beth Ahm
Detroit Food Policy Council
Keep Growing Detroit
JOIN for Justice
Song and Spirit/Everyone’s Garden
Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit
Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation
The Eastern Market Corporation
Hillel of Metro Detroit
Brightmoor Youth Garden
Eastern Market Corporation
Hazon Detroit celebrates Tu b’Shevat
by Sue Salinger, Detroit Jewish News, March 2, 2017
Deeper Roots, Wider Branches
by Sue Salinger, myJewishDetroit, February 2017
Welcome to Giving Gardens at Yad Ezra
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, December 1, 2016
Food For Thought: Jewish Community Members Fight Hunger
Detroit Jewish News, October 5, 2016
Michigan Good Food Summit 2016: Faith-Based Organizations Working to Support Good Food in Michigan
Michigan Good Food, September 29, 2016
Michael Twitty: A Kosher Soul
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, September 2016
A First! Michigan Jewish Food Festival
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, September 2016
Eating Our Way Through the Michigan Jewish Food Festival
by Judy Lansky and Lauren Mazlin, myJewishDetroit, September 2016
Sue Salinger talks about the Michigan Jewish Food Festival
by Steve Byrne, Detours Podcast, August 25, 2016
The Israel Ride: Off the Beaten Path from Jerusalem to Eilat with Andy Roisman
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, January 8, 2016
Why Hazon, Why Now
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, November 20, 2015
by Barbara Lewis, Detroit Jewish News, June 4, 2015
Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Detroit Tu b’Shvat: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Detroit Tu b’Shvat: Monica Lewis Patrick
Detroit Tu b’Shvat: State Rep. Robert Wittenberg
Detroit Tu b’Shvat: State Rep. Jeremy Moss
Detroit Tu b’Shvat: Jackson Koeppel
Hazon in Detroit is proud to be a part of a national campaign to green Jewish organizations through the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. Functioning like LEED certification, or a “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, the Hazon Seal certifies that a Jewish organization has met a set of criteria marking it as a good world citizen with regard to its food and environmental practices, treatment of animals, and impact on climate change. Although the Seal of Sustainability is run on a national scale, Hazon in Detroit welcomes the following local Jewish organizations to its first Seal of Sustainability cohort. We’re excited about the kinds of projects they are considering:
- Congregation Shaarey Zedek – energy and sustainability; food policy work
- Congregation Shir Tikvah – certified natural habitat and self-guided Jewish Nature walk
- Congregation Adat Shalom – recyclables and outdoor gardening space for sustainability
- Yad Ezra and Camp Tamarack – food policy and food growing
- Hillel Day School – certified natural habitat and outdoor forest classroom; gardening
The Hazon Seal is capable of driving significant change within, and ultimately beyond the Jewish community in the next seven years. Specifically, it will:
- Enable organizations to establish baseline impact, in multiple spheres related to food, energy efficiency, waste reduction, carbon footprint, and health.
- Provide an easy and clear roadmap to enable Jewish institutions to become healthier and more sustainable, and save money, and enrich their Jewish education, and improve their branding, and excite existing members, and bring new members in the door.
- Celebrate success and progress, and incentivize institutions (via a series of awards and monetary prizes) to improve their performance, year-on-year.
Watch this page for updates!
R. Hezekiah said in the name of Rav: In the world to come, each person will have to give accounting before God for failing to enjoy all the pleasures of the world. Rabbi Elazar paid close attention to this teaching, and was sure to spend the money so that he could taste at least one of every kind of produce each year.
The world is good and its fruits and vegetables are good. You should enjoy them! We at Hazon Detroit were pleased to join our friends at Shaarey Tzedek (who founded Hazorim, the only Hazon CSA in Michigan) for the 2016 growing and sharing season. Our shareholders enjoyed tuv ha’aretz – the best of the earth – from our partner farm, Country Roots Farm in Riley Township, MI. Community Supported Agriculture puts purchasing power towards healthy, local food and supports local farmers.
This past summer’s CSA was made up of 20+ single/family units from across Metro Detroit, representing 13 cities and all walks of Jewish life. In addition to the organic produce that CSA shareholders received, they received information about seasonal recipes, news from the farm, event reminders, and other goodies.
Pick-up ran July through October at the Jewish Federation building and Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
For more information about the 2017 CSA season, contact Sky Brown, email@example.com.
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Several thousand people joined us for the first ever Michigan Jewish Food Festival and enjoyed food, celebrated our shared history in Detroit, and learned about Detroit’s current food movement that’s creating a more sustainable, healthier, and more just community for all.
Participants got to meet and learn from chefs like Michael Twitty and Hell’s Kitchen’s Jared Bobkin; hear from health and family experts like Moms Across America’s Zen Honeycutt, Dr. Joel Kahn and Detroit Ento and Jewish Initiative for Animals. Plus, food justice seminars with Detroit Urban Farmers including Eden Garden’s Chava Knox and Oakland Avenue Farm’s Jerry Ann Hebron, plus a session on fair wages with Rabbi Alana Alpert, Detroit Jews for Justice and the Restaurant Opportunity Center; and find out What’s Spiritual About Food with Rabbi Rachel Shere, Rabbi Herschel Finman, WSU’s Dr. Justin Sledge, and Jewish Veg.
Shed 5 was packed with Detroit’s entrepreneurial food vendors, environmental and food justice groups, kids’ activities, fresh produce, and more. Outside there were workshops and seminars. NextGen brought the music. Feet on the Street tours took us through the Eastern Market. It was… amazing. We hope to see you there next year!
Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Michigan Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Eastern Market in Detroit!
Contact info for questions and to get involved: Julie Rosenbaum, firstname.lastname@example.org.