Sustainable Israel Tour

Mar 13, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017

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Please join us in Israel March 13th – 19th for this year’s Sustainable Israel Tour.
It will be an unforgettable experience.

Bob Friedman, Chairman of the Hazon Board

Shortly after I was introduced to Hazon three years ago, my wife and I joined what was then called the Israel Sustainable Food Tour. What we found on the tour was a side of Israel that we had never experienced in our previous visits where we just toured the key historic sites of interest. Here we got to meet real people working on real challenges in sustainable agriculture, work in a field picking onions that would be provided to needy families, meet with leading university scholars to discuss how sustainability was being implemented in new ways in Israel, and even meet the Chief Rabbi and his staff when visiting a restaurant in Jerusalem that provided meals to people at whatever price they could afford. The trip was inspiring and we quickly began to understand the importance of the work Hazon was doing in inspiring young people to become involved with these issues. I joined the board shortly thereafter and I am very pleased to be part of the team that is now hosting the Sustainable Israel Tour.

Ellen Goodman, Hazon Board Member and Chair of the Sustainable Israel Tour 

This is a chance to really learn how the next generation of visionaries is working to enable more sustainable living as part of the Zionist project. I’m really looking forward to spending Shabbat at Kibbutz Ketura and seeing how green business, sustainable agriculture, and renewable energy can support a better Israel, a better world. In hard times, it’s so important to renew one’s faith in what’s possible when courageous people lean into social and ecological challenges. We’re going to meet Bedouin, Ethiopian immigrant, Palestinian, Haredi, and environmental activists all bringing their own strengths to make Israel a more beautiful, just, and spiritually fulfilling place. And have a lot of good food and inspiring scenery along the way.

Join community leaders on a one-of-a-kind mission highlighting developments in Israel towards more sustainable food production, healthy living, and social justice.

  • The tour will engage your mind, body, and spirit as you learn, reflect, and take action in support of a sustainable, bountiful, and more just land.
  • We will meet with sustainability activists and changemakers who are at the cutting edge of mindful food practices and sustainable society in Israel.
  • Understanding how these global innovators are driving change in response to food, climate, and political insecurity will serve as inspiration for our collective role in supporting sustainability both in Israel and at home.
  • We will eat and explore Israel through its food, nature, cultural, and economic innovation, in addition to sleeping and traveling in high comfort.

The tour itinerary may include these highlights:

  • Work the land
    Glean surplus produce from fields, participating in one of the many inspiring food rescue projects of Leket Israel – The National Food Bank.
  • Meet with changemakers
    Visit with leaders in sustainable food practices in the Bedouin community, farmers from Africa and Southeast Asia, and gather lessons from Israeli farmers and at-risk youth.
  • Imbibe some new-old wisdom
    Learn from Talia Schneider’s unique brand of kabbalistic permaculture in Jerusalem.
  • Take an inside peek
    Get an insider’s tour of Israel’s largest open-air market in Jerusalem, Machane Yehuda.
  • Tour the farm
    Visit Kaima Farm, an organic CSA and a project to support the development of at-risk youth.
  • Intentional communities
    Maximize meetings with the founders of the first Ethiopian mission-driven community in Gedera and the founder of the urban intentional community in Beer Sheva.
  • Journey to the Negev
    Have a meaningful encounter with students and staff from the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, exploring their sustainable practices.
  • Sustainable urban planning
    Take a trip to Lod, a unique location where sustainable urban planning is thriving as locals create a new hybrid community with people from various socio-economic levels. This is an example of creative place making in the ever-changing landscape of Israeli culture.
  • Wine & dine
    All the while, eat and drink at Israel’s top restaurants that are eco-conscious, focused on sustainable sourcing, and outstandingly delicious.
  • Healthy living
    There will be opportunities for contemplative practice and physical movement during the tour. This may include hiking, exploring the peak wildflowers in season in Israel, and yoga.

Additional tour information will be made available here as the tour date approaches.

Price of tour: $4,000 (excluding airfare)

Upgrade for single room: $900 single supplement

For more information, please contact Meredith Levick at meredith.levick@hazon.org

Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel before January 5th, 2017, the deposit is refundable minus a $180 processing fee. Between January 5th and February 20th, 50% of your total cost ($2000) is non-refundable. If you cancel after February 20, 2017, all fees are non refundable. There is no discount of refund for arriving late or leaving early.

Hazon reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. In the event of such a cancellation, you will receive a complete refund.

Price is all-inclusive and there will be no request for additional funds to support participating organizations.