Metro Detroit

The only way we’re going to get it together, is together
—Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l

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 North End, the Michigan Jewish Food Festival, and more.


Hazon Detroit – Avodat Lev at Oakland Avenue Farm - multiple Fridays
Jun 23, 2017 - Aug 4, 2017
Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Detroit, MI

Join Hazon Detroit for morning Avodat Lev services on Friday mornings this summer at Oakland Avenue Urban Farm.

Hazon Detroit – “Health through the Seasons of Life” – multiple events
Jul 25, 2017 - Aug 15, 2017

Join us for one or all of these presentations. Each will include information from our Jewish wisdom tradition, and current expertise from Henry Ford Medical Systems. No cost. All are welcome.

Hazon Detroit: Resilience in the North End: a Shared Shabbat Celebration
Aug 4, 2017 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Detroit, MI

Join Oakland Avenue Urban Farm and Hazon Detroit for an interfaith Kabbalat Shabbat and story telling program, and a Shabbat dinner.

Hazon Detroit – Bike and Brunch: A Tour of the North End Urban Farms
Aug 6, 2017 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, Detroit, MI

Join Hazon Detroit as we visit a few of the more than 1,400 urban farms in Detroit, followed by a great vegetarian brunch.

Hazon Food Conference
Aug 9, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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!

Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Aug 27, 2017 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit, MI

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.

Our Team

Sue Salinger   Director of Hazon Detroit

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.

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Allison Gutman   Associate Director, Hazon Detroit

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 |

Brittany Feldman   Program Coordinator, Environmental & Outdoor Engagement

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 |

Ilana Unger   Program Associate, Hazon Detroit

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.

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Marla Schloss   Administrative Supervisor, Hazon Detroit
Marla Schloss is the Administrative Supervisor at Hazon Detroit. Working with Hazon gives Marla the opportunity to combine her commitment to the Jewish community with her desire to create healthy, sustainable, and green living practices. Marla became aware of Hazon when she, her husband, and her daughter, all Jewish educators, were part of a JOFEE certification program offered through the Jewish Federation and led by the Hazon staff in Detroit.
Prior to her current position, Marla was an art teacher for 30 years in the Detroit public school system. She was recognized for having the largest student involvement in the Detroit Institute of Arts Student Exhibition. Marla is a native Detroiter who enjoys spending time with her family and pets, creating art, attending Broadway shows, movies, shopping, and then resting on Shabbat.
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Our Partners

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
Camp Tamarack
Congregation Adat Shalom
Hillel Day School
Congregation Shir Tikvah
Temple Beth El
Michigan Fitness Foundation
The Well
Yad Ezra
The Boggs Center
Repair the World
Ramah Fellowship
Detroit Jews for Justice
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Congregation Beth Ahm
Temple Emanu-El
Eden Gardens
Detroit Food Policy Council
Keep Growing Detroit
Temple Israel
JOIN for Justice
Pardes Hannah
Song and Spirit/Everyone’s Garden
Birmingham Temple
Jewish Ferndale
Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit
D-Town Farms
Congregation T’chiyah
Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation
The Eastern Market Corporation
Hillel of Metro Detroit
Brightmoor Youth Garden
Vaad Harabonim
Eastern Market Corporation


Reflection on Returning to Detroit
by Zoe McCoon, July 10, 2017

Jewish Fare on Wheels
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, June 2017

Nu Deli brings a new taste to Detroit
The Detroit Jewish News, June 22, 2017

Shaarey Zedek, B’nai Moshe and Hazon partner to provide organic produce
The Detroit Jewish News, June 16, 2017

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.
—Jerusalem Talmud Kiddushin 66b

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,

Getting Involved

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Food Festival

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!

Visit the Food Festival webpage for more information

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,