Hazon Food Conference

Aug 14, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

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The summer vacation that’s good for you… and the planet!

I was so happy to finally find a place where my connections to the natural world, my interest in sustainable food, and my desire to deepen my Jewish spirituality were simultaneously nurtured. And in a beautiful wooded setting!

View last year’s schedule View photos from last year’s conference

Wondering what you can do to have a smaller carbon impact on the planet… and a greater impact on your community and your own health? Food is central to our impact in the world. And food is central to Jewish life. We invite you to the Hazon Food Conference, where you can:

Develop a deeper relationship with your food and where it comes from

  • Partake in keynote and plenary sessions on food security, social justice, sustainable agriculture, and Jewish culinary traditions.
  • Lessening our food waste can make a real difference. Participate in demos and discussion-based sessions with guest chefs and food activists, focusing on food waste and how to begin to approach remedying this issue.
  • Eating less meat has proven to be one of the most critical actions we can take to reduce our carbon footprint. Learn how to make vegetarian recipes that can lessen your environmental impact.
  • The Farm Bill has a tremendous impact on our global food systems. Get an in-depth view of this critical legislation.

Learn from world-class experts including chefs, farmers, activists, artists, and community leaders in 90+ classes, demos, and hands-on workshops

  • You can reduce food waste in your very own kitchen! Learn how with Jodi Balis
  • Are you getting enough protein? Discover alternative sources of sustainable protein with entrepreneur Rachel Irons
  • Time to up your cooking game! Learn how to integrate medicinal edible flowers to your next favorite dish with Miche Bacher
  • What do you know about global health issues? Discuss the surprising decline of health in Latin America with Dan Fenyvesi
  • What does being Jewish have to do with what we eat? Explore how Jewish identity is shaped by our food choices with Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus
  • And so much more! See below for our list of presenters.

Feast on kosher, organic, ethically sourced (and delicious!) farm-to-table cuisine

  • Strengthen your culinary skills through hands-on, in-depth cooking workshops with leading chefs
  • Enjoy mouth-watering foods from featured chefs at our Outdoor Food Festival

Celebrate Shabbat in a vibrant, pluralistic Jewish community, with two options for prayer services – Traditional Egalitarian and Orthodox

  • Come together in community and make new connections with people of diverse backgrounds

Relish in summer in the Berkshires

  • Enjoy outdoor wood-fire cooking, berry picking and veggie harvesting, late-night stargazing and bonfires, swimming, boating, hiking, and other summer-fun activities in our beautiful lakeside setting

Share the learning and fun with your children ages 5-12 at the Kids’ Food Conference

Kids’ Food Conference

While adults and teens are participating in the Hazon Food Conference, the home of the Jewish food movement, kids ages 5-12 will be having their own memorable experience at the Kids’ Food Conference!

Children will engage with field experts in dynamic and age-appropriate ways on the same topics as the adult programming, including:

  • Health and Nutrition
  • Jewish Learning, History, and Culture
  • Food Justice and Values
  • Cooking Demonstrations and DIY Projects

Hazon means “vision,” and we work to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. In order for this work to succeed, we need young people to become involved in the movement towards a healthier food system. Youth have the power to take our society in a new direction and rethink the world into which they have been born.

It is up to us to make healthy food choices for ourselves, but in many ways, our society puts us at a disadvantage. Youth do not have the buying power of adults, yet food advertisements are filled with exciting images of junk food. How do we ingrain the knowledge of healthy snacking into our minds so it is an easy choice to go for carrots and peanut butter instead of potato chips? How do we change the larger system so school food is healthy and tastes good? How can we grow food in our homes and communities? The Kids’ Food Conference will address these issues and more in a dynamic, engaging, age-appropriate way.

We are not able to offer Gan Adamah (ages 2-4) for the Food Conference. Children under the age of 5 are welcome to participate in Camp Teva with a responsible adult. 

View the 2018 kids’ food conference schedule

2019 Presenters

Stay tuned for more presenters!

Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Jeffrey Yoskowitz is a food entrepreneur and a writer who co-founded The Gefilteria, a culinary venture reimagining Old World Jewish foods best known for manufacturing its renowned artisanal gefilte fish, producing high quality dining events around the world, and offering engaging Jewish cooking classes and workshops. Jeffrey co-authored The Gefilte Manifesto cookbook (Flatiron Books, 2016), which was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a top cookbook of the year by USA Today and Epicurious. As a thought leader in food, Jeffrey’s writings on food and culture appear in major publications, such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, among others. He has cooked as a guest chef at the esteemed James Beard House kitchen and was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list in Food and Wine, as well as The Forward 50.

Yoskowitz co-authored the Detroit Jewish Food City Guide, which named Hazon Detroit as one of the top Detroit Jewish Food Experiences. View the guide here.


Susan Barocas

Susan Barocas finds the kitchen to be a place of unending creativity, personal expression and connection to her family’s Jewish and Sephardic history and heritage. She is a writer, caterer and teacher of cooking to all ages for over 20 years, specializing in healthy eating and various Jewish and Mediterranean cuisines. Susan was honored to serve as the guest chef for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 White House Passover Seders. She was the founding director of the Jewish Food Experience project and its award-winning website, jewishfoodexperience.com, following several years as director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. A member of culinary society Les Dames d’Escoffier, Susan has made numerous appearances on television and radio while her stories and recipes have appeared in the Washington Post, Moment, Huffington Post, Lilith and Tablet among others. When not in a kitchen, Susan writes and produces documentary film and consults with film festivals.


Regina Mosenkis

Regina Mosenkis is a culinary instructor specializing in healing cuisine for mind-body balance. She received her certification as an Ayurvedic chef from the Ayurvedic Nutrition and Culinary Training (ANACT) by Bhagavat Life in New York City. She currently teaches at Bhagavat Life under the tutelage of Chef Divya Alter of the highly acclaimed vegetarian restaurant “Divya’s Kitchen” in the East Village, New York. Regina is completing her training as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor at the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. She is also a licensed holistic skin care specialist. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and 2.5-year-old sous-chef-in-training.


Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus

Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus is Professor of Religion at Wheaton College (MA). He is the author of Gastronomic Judaism as Culinary Midrash (Lexington, 2018) and has published numerous articles on Jewish food in the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, Studies in Jewish Civilization, and other journals, and has translated Rabbenu Bahya ben Asher’s 14th century Hebrew mystical manual on food, Shulhan Shel Arba (Table of Four) into English available online.


Dan Fenyvesi

Dan Fenyvesi holds a master’s Degree in nutrition from Bastyr University and received his Registered Dietitian license from Tulane University. In addition to work in Latin America, Fenyvesi teaches college courses on Nutrition, Health, and Stress, works as a renal dietitian, and runs weight loss programs for Empowered Wellness. In the past, Fenyvesi has run similar programs for Shane Diet and Fitness Resorts, Rancho La Puerta, and Wellspring Weight Loss Camps and has worked as a chronic disease specialist in public health clinics.


Rabbi Linda Motzkin and Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein

Rabbi Linda Motzkin soferet, parchment maker, and scribal artist, and Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein, bread maker and baking teacher, have served since 1986 as co-rabbis of Temple Sinai, a Reform congregation in Saratoga Springs, New York. They were ordained in June, 1986, at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, and were the first rabbinic couple to share the sole rabbinic position in a synagogue. In addition to their duties at Temple Sinai, Rabbi Motzkin serves as the High Holy Day Chaplain at Skidmore College, and Rabbi Rubenstein is Pastoral Care Director at Four Winds–Saratoga, a private psychiatric hospital.


Rachel Irons

Rachel Irons grew up in Alaska and was raised by parents who instilled in her the importance of good cooking and its power to bring people together. They also made sure to bring her outside enough for her to realize what an amazing place she lived in and that it needs to be treated as such. These values were all honed in University while majoring in Environmental Studies and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She started Founding Foods as a way to bring all of these passions together and with the goal of becoming a net positive company.


Dr. Jon Greenberg

Dr. Jon Greenberg received his bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Brown University and his Master’s and Doctorate in agronomy from Cornell University. He has also studied with Rabbi Chaim Brovender at Israel’s Yeshivat Hamivtar and conducted research on corn, alfalfa, and soybeans at Cornell, the US Department of Agriculture, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Cancer Research. Since 1989, he has been a science teacher and educational consultant. Dr. Greenberg was Senior Editor of science textbooks at Prentice Hall Publishing Co. Previously on the faculty of Yeshivas Ohr Yosef, the School of Education at Indiana University, and the University of Phoenix, he has taught at the Heschel School since 2008. He is a frequent speaker at synagogues, schools, and botanical gardens.


Ezra Weinberg

Rabbi Ezra Weinberg is a wearer of many hats. He’s a community builder, camp professional, teacher of multi-faith education, and innovator of Jewish ritual. Ezra lives and works in Washington Heights with his wife and two children, and is looking to transform the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood where he serves as the Jewish Life and Enrichment Manager. Ordained through the Reconstructionist movement, Ezra is at home in a variety of Jewish settings, from traditional to secular. He is currently a Fellow at the UJA’s Ruskay Leadership Institute. Most importantly, he is a longtime Hazon ambassador as an alum of the New York Ride, the Israel Ride, and Sukkahfest.


Cyndi Rand

Cyndi Rand is a Jewish educator, song leader, community activist, actress, recipe developer, cookbook author/editor and creator and founder of Bubbie’s Kitchen. She is currently pursuing a degree in social work and is trained in REBT and CBT theories. Cyndi proudly claims Cuba as part of her Jewish heritage. Having worked with diverse communities for many years, Cyndi firmly believes there is “room for everyone at the table”. She feels that “sharing dialogue and creating sacred spaces are two of the most important credos live by and strive for” and Bubbie’s Kitchen at the Y of Washington Heights is a perfect example of such a philosophy. Cyndi lives in Nassau County with her husband and five children.


Anna Hanau

Anna Hanau is CMO at Grow & Behold, the kosher pastured meat company she founded with her husband, Naftali Hanau, in 2010, where she manages the company’s email, social media, promotions and events, online product catalog and product launches, as well as HR. Anna was involved for many years in the Jewish environmental movement at Hazon and Adamah, where she co-authored Food For Thought: Hazon’s Sourcebook on Jews, Food and Contemporary Life with Nigel Savage, grew the Jewish CSA and Food Movements (including the Hazon Food Conference), and managed the Adamah farm. Originally from Vancouver, BC, Anna lives in Brooklyn where she works full-time at Grow & Behold and is a mom of three kids, two of whom were born at home. She makes coldbrew and waffles on a regular basis, and enjoys learning a new recipe when she has a quiet moment in the kitchen (which is rare these days), and often sings Avodat Lev during breakfast with the kids. She has a BA from the Jewish Theological Seminary’s List College in Bible Studies, and from Barnard College in Urban Studies and Environmental Science, and keeps a flock of chickens (for eggs) in her backyard.


Naftali Hanau

Naftali Hanau is the CEO of Grow & Behold, the Brooklyn-based purveyor of fine kosher pastured meats raised on family farms with no hormones or antibiotics. He works with farmers to produce the finest beef, rose veal, lamb, and poultry on the kosher market, and has developed an exquisite line of provisions using his own spice blends. A shochet and menaker, Naftali has learned with experts at butcher shops and slaughterhouses across the country. A pioneer in the field of educational schechita over the last decade, Naftali is frequently sought out to consult on and conduct educational kosher slaughter. He has been a judge for Masbia’s ChopHunger (2015) and Jamie Geller’s KosherMasters (2016). Naftali has degrees from NYU and the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, and has worked at Adamah. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and a flock of chickens in the backyard.


Aryeh Bernstein

Aryeh Bernstein lives in Chicago and is a veteran Torah educator, especially in social justice frameworks. He is the Staff Educator for the Jewish Initiative for Animals and the Director of Chicago Avodah Justice Fellowship. He is an Educational Consultant to the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Coordinator of Mishkan Chicago’s Social Justice Beit Midrash, Founding Director of the Hyde Park Teen Beit Midrash, and a Senior Editor of Jewschool.com. He has taught at Hadar, Drisha, and communities and campuses around the country and Israel and has studied at Columbia University, JTS, YU, YCT, and, for seven years, at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa.


Ilana Braverman

Ilana Braverman serves as Program Associate for the Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA) and Program Manager with JIFA’s parent organization, Farm Forward. She holds a Master’s degree in Animals and Public Policy from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and previously served as Program Associate for a Jewish animal welfare organization, the Shamayim V’Aretz Institute. Ilana’s work with JIFA involves working with Jewish institutions to assist them in sourcing higher welfare animal products and creating more sustainable menus and food policies to help them align their food choices with their Jewish values.


Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips

Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips, MSW, MPH, is the executive director of WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources, which renews justice and kindness across lines of diversity and throughout the life cycle. She has been involved in food justice issues for more than 40 years, and for two years directed one of the largest interfaith emergency food programs in NYC. Rabbi Regina is the editor of Generous Justice: Jewish Wisdom for Just-Giving and the author of Counting Days: From Liberation to Revelation. Her work has guided caring community development from New England to the Texas/Mexico border to New Zealand, and has strengthened coexistence among Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Egypt. She has been featured in The New York Times, Earth Island Journal, The Forward, Tablet Magazine, The Jewish Week, and in the books Parting Ways and Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love.


Jodi Balis

Jodi Balis is a food ritualist, personal chef, food intuitive, dietitian, educator and Mikvah Guide. She worked on hunger and food insecurity in the non-profit sector for 15 years, cooking and gardening with underserved communities and supporting efforts to achieve access to healthy food in the Washington DC Metro Area. Currently, Jodi co-creates food ritual with those in life transition, and leads health and wellness programming for women, integrating food, cooking and Jewish Spirituality. Jodi is also chef instructor at the George Washington University Medical School’s Culinary Medicine Program, where she teaches medical students about healthy cooking and eating.


Rates and Registration

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August 14 – 18
Wednesday – Sunday
Four nights

$360 – Camp / Commute

$600 – Dormitory

$700 – Basic*

$825 – Standard*

$990 – Standard Plus*

$0 – Child 0-4

$270 – Child 5-12

Children’s rates apply to children in a room with two adults. Children will be automatically enrolled in the Kids’ Food Conference upon registering.

*Prices above are for multiple-occupancy rooms; single-occupancy upgrades are available for Basic, Standard and Standard Plus lodging

Prices are per person and include accommodations, all programming, and buffet meals featuring ethically sourced and farm-fresh ingredients.

Through our online registration system, you will be able to choose your lodging, sign up for transportation shuttles and other amenities, and indicate special needs. Before completing your reservation, you will have an opportunity to register additional guests on the same credit card.

You will receive a confirmation email once you have registered and made a payment online or by phone. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, please contact us at registrar@hazon.org or (860) 824-5991 x0.

We strive to make our programs affordable to everyone. Limited scholarships are available; please see the scholarships tab for details.

Colorado Residents Scholarship

Learn more about scholarships for Colorado residents.

Detroit Residents Scholarship

Hazon Detroit has limited scholarship funding available for participants at the Food Conference. We can provide $250 towards registration and up to $250 in travel reimbursements. For more information, please email wren.hack@hazon.org.

Lisa Anne Botnick Scholarship for Teens

Through the generous support of a donor, Hazon is pleased to offer up to two full scholarships to the 2019 Hazon Food Conference, covering program fees and housing expenses, to teens between the ages of 13-17. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 16. Learn more and apply.

Jewish Farmer Network Scholarships

Thanks to a generous donation from the Jewish Farmer Network we are pleased to offer partial scholarships to the Food Conference to Jewish farmers, ranchers, and growers. These scholarships may cover up to the full cost of registration. If you have any questions, please contact eliezer.weinbach@hazon.org.

Jewish Southerners Scholarships

Thanks to a generous donation from the Jewish Farmer Network we are pleased to offer partial scholarships to the Food Conference for people from the American Southeast. These scholarships may cover up to the full cost of registration. We are seeking a diverse group of Jewish Southerners of all ages and religious backgrounds who want to make Jewish food and environmental programming a vibrant part of the Southern Jewish community. If you have any questions, please contact eliezer.weinbach@hazon.org 

Tamar Fund Scholarship

We strive to make our retreats affordable to everyone.

We believe retreats are important experiences to be shared. Inclusiveness is one of our core values. We strive to ensure that our retreats are as financially accessible as possible. The Tamar fund makes that aspiration possible. The Tamar Fund is in loving memory of Tamar Bittelman z’’l.

Please be sure to read the application guidelines in the form below


Hazon Food Conference in the News

Where Do We Begin? The Hazon Food Conference
By Becky O’Brien, Boulder Jewish News, May 22, 2019

Hazon Food Conference 2018 Recap and Zoodles with No-Cook Tomato Sauce
By Emily Sacharin, Poppy and Prune, August 13, 2018

Hazon Food Conference Connects the Dots for Jewish Foodies
Kosher New England Magazine, February 2018

Hazon Food Conference Focuses On Farm-To-Synagogue Greening
by Shira Hanau, Jewish Week, September 5, 2017

Jewish Food Renaissance Is Here To Stay, According To Hazon Food Conference
by Barbara Fenig, Forward, August 25, 2017

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