Detroit Fellowship

Hazon is opening a branch in Detroit and we are thrilled to announce a new 9-month opportunity for two motivated individuals to help build our work on the ground.

The Torah is a commentary on the world, and the world is a commentary on the Torah.
—These words from Shlomo Carlebach capture Hazon’s determination to apply Jewish thought to some of the greatest challenges of our time – and Hazon’s belief that the act of doing so is good not only for the renewal of Jewish life but also for the world.

Our sense is that Detroit is also a commentary on the world. From the industrial revolution that catalyzed its rapid growth in the early part of the 20th century to its dramatic economic decline, Detroit has much to teach us about our civilization and about ourselves. Detroit has a Torah of its own, through which we can attempt to better understand the past and the present. As an organization working to deepen the American Jewish community’s connection to land and Jewish life in the 21st century, Hazon is eager to learn from and help grow this conversation in Detroit starting this Fall.



Hazon Detroit Fellows will work on the ground with Jewish and non-Jewish communities developing healthy local food systems, leading Jewish Outdoor Food and Environmental Education (JOFEE), and living and breathing the rhythms of a Jewish communal life. Fellows will grow as Jewish and community educators; as community change-agents, organizers and activists; and in personal Jewish spiritual practice.

A special first year planning fellowship will begin this September and conclude in May 2016. Fellows will live together in a Detroit neighborhood in a space that will at times serve as a program space. Future fellowships will run from May through the following April.

Daily Life

A typical week of the Hazon Detroit Fellowship will include:

Avodat Lev – Spiritual practice involving traditional and contemporary Jewish ritual, song, and learning

Avodat Kehilah – Service of Community

  • Leading JOFEE experiences for urban and suburban partners
  • Growing and preserving food
  • Supporting healthy local food systems with community partners
  • Thought-partnership and program development

Once Weekly Immersive Experiences – Immersive experiences are field trips that will interact with thematic areas and include site visits and speakers. A sample of the themes we’ll cover in our excursions are:

  • Exploration of the regional foodshed through peri-urban farm tours and Ann Arbor farmer’s market, food activists, and restaurateurs
  • Understanding the urban food system through learning from innovative Detroit projects such as Earthworks Urban Farm, D-town Farm, and Feedem Freedom Growers; meeting FoodLab entrepreneurs, and more.
  • Understanding Detroit and regional history through meetings/tours with local activists, artists, and storytellers like the Boggs center & school, Marsha Music,  and the Jewish historical society, as well as developers and city planners.

Once weekly community dinners

Limmud – Structured educational programs, will happen up to 2 times a week and will cover a range of topics in these thematic areas:

  • Food preservation and homesteading in the city
  • Torah and Food: what Judaism has to say about what and how we eat
  • Detroit as a case study for understanding post industrial america
  • How work and economy shape the urban sphere
  • Holy Days and the Natural Cycle
  • Wandering Homelands: a survey of Jewish historical connection to the land
  • Food Justice, food sovereignty: how race, class, and culture shape our lives

Shabbat – Monthly shabbat programs that will either be rooted in the fellowship house and offer programming to the community, or will be shabbaton excursions, where we’ll spend Friday-Sunday visiting other communities or spiritually nourishing places. All shabbatonim will provide a mix of learning and experiencing, and will be infused with the wisdom of our tradition that “for six days we shall work and on the seventh we will rest.” Our shabbatot will allow fellows to rest and to explore the meaning of true rest in a modern world.

An additional day will be given off the week following a monthly Shabbat program.

Overall Program Time:

A regular work week will run Sunday through Thursday with a roughly 40 hours a week. Weekly schedules and times on and off will fluctuate based on programming and partners, but fellows’ time will be respected and schedules will be made in advance as much as possible. Fellows will be off for Friday and Saturday. The week following the monthly shabbat programs will include an additional day off. Fellows will be off for national holidays and most Jewish holidays (excluding Sukkot, Tu b’Shevat, and Passover, during which we will have fellowship specific programming). There will be no more than three nights of programming a week (two limmuds and one community dinner).


To apply, begin by filling out our application. Completed applications include two references and a resume emailed to DetroitFellowship@hazon.org within 2 weeks of submitting your application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until both positions are filled, please apply expeditiously. Any questions may be sent to DetroitFellowship@hazon.org

View or download a PDF description of the Hazon Detroit Fellowship Position