[Hazon Newsletter 1/10/2013] – Ancient Land, Modern Flavor

Ancient Land, Modern Flavor

This Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-27), in partnership with the Heschel Sustainability Center, Hazon is thrilled to be running our third Israel Sustainable Food Tour.

This exciting program is a unique way for North American Jews who are passionate about sustainable food to experience the rapidly developing field of sustainable food in Israel. Visit farms, markets, and food producers off the typical tourist map, and meet with the leaders of innovative projects on the forefront of the burgeoning Israeli sustainable food movement. It is also an important opportunity for Israeli activists to meet like-minded counterparts from abroad, and hear about your experiences, successes, challenges, insights and inspiration.

The emphasis in this tour is on the social and environmental aspects of sustainable food from farm to fork. We will explore obstacles and opportunities regarding Israeli and Arab agriculture and food issues, the promise of the growing the organic agriculture market in Israel and other cutting edge issues. And we will also eat extraordinarily well, sampling the rich array of local, multi-ethnic, indigenous, fusion, and other cuisines, that make up Israeli foodways.

On the Tour, we will visit some of these impressive projects, as well as explore key issues, meet central players in the sustainable food scene, and more:

  • Get your hands dirty and harvest leftover crops for Leket – Table to Table.
  • Dine in delicious restaurants and meet innovative chefs like Moshe Basson of Eucalyptus Restaurant and The Eretz Yisraeli Kitchen.
  • Visit food growers and producers across the country, from dairies, to olive orchards, to microbreweries and wineries.
  • Take an insider’s tour and taste of Machaneh Yehuda, the storied open air shuk in Jerusalem.
  • Meet with change makers and activists, like Miki Haimovitz, initiator of Israel’s new high-profile national Meatless Mondays campaign, and Bakker Awawdy, Director of the Galilee Society, Israel’s leading Arab health and environment advocacy agency.Learn more about these issues and their impact on Israeli society and governmental policy in this JCarrot article by Alon Tal, chairman of Israel’s Green Movement.

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Cross-USA Ride Prices Rising!

[Image]A route is set, Jewish communities are excited to host us and the most amazing kosher sustainable food you will ever experience is just 154 days away! Join Hazon on the Cross-USA Ride from June 13 – August 18, 2013. Register for full country, half country or smaller segments of the ride. Register now before prices rise on January 18, 2013.

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Pinot & Pomegranate: Wine and Cheese and Trees

[Image]Join us in Brooklyn for a rocking party to celebrate Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year for the trees. Enjoy four delicious desserts (from Adamah foods), four cups of wine, and activities that connect to the themes of the holiday. Featuring live music by Pitom.

Saturday, January 26th

Roulette Intermedium, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

$18 in advance / $25 at the door

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Tree B’Earth Day at Isabella Freedman

Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27, 2013
at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Connecticut Berkshires[Image]

Give thanks for the birthday of the trees and the Jewish Earth Day with the many branches of the Jewish environmental movement. Join activists, rabbis, leaders, and educators to contemplate and celebrate our interconnectedness with trees and the natural world.

Tree-mendous highlights include:

  • Romemu-style (Renewal) services with Shir Yaakov
  • Orthodox services with Rabbi Greg Wall

All-inclusive rates start at just $228 per person and include farm-to-table Shabbat meals, an elaborate seder with four cups of wine, lodging, diverse learning and celebration, multiple prayer options, yoga classes, guided hikes on our beautiful trails, and more.

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Torah Yoga at Isabella Freedman

[Image]Experience the wonder of Torah study and the groundedness of yoga practice with Diane Bloomfield, who will integrate Iyengar yoga practice with teachings from the Sfat Emet. No previous Torah study or yoga practice is required. Register by January 13th and save 10%.

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Opportunities From Our Friends

Camp Tawonga Farm to Fork: Eco-Quest

Entering grades 9 through 11, June 16 – July 5, 2013

Volunteering at local farms, backpacking, rafting, three days at Camp Tawonga
This is adventure travel like none other – you pick the music, you set the menus, and you put together your own totally out-of-the-box Jewish experiences. Like a road trip with a dozen friends, Quest is the perfect balance of thrill time and chill time. As an “Eco-Quest”, this program augments the Quest experience with lots of fun work on various Northern California farms and experiential group learning about the food system. For more info visit www.tawonga.org.

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Pearlstone Center’s 5th Annual Beit Midrash: Sacred Sustainable Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar

[Image]How does the Jewish calendar provide a spiritual, land-based rhythm for Jewish living?
How do we apply Jewish agricultural values on land, in the classroom, and throughout society?

Join an intergenerational, pluralistic community of Jewish farmers, rabbis, educators, students and families from across the country for an inspiring weekend of learning, growth, and celebration.

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17

Location: Pearlstone Center- Reisterstown, MD

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Beyond Bubbie: Tales from the Kitchen

[Image]What happens when you mix savory storytelling and nectarous nosh with a splash of schnapps? A performance dedicated to food, family recipes and the stories that link them together.

Join MC David Sax (Save the Deli) as the stories overflow like your Bubbie’s boiling chicken soup. Raconteurs include Mo Rocca (My Grandmother’s Ravioli, CBS Sunday Morning & Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!), Carla Hall (The Chew, Top Chef & Cooking with Love), Joan Nathan (New York Times Contributor and cookbook author), Jack Dell (Katz’s Deli) & others.

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Shmita in Chicago

In celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., the KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation Social Justice Committee presents their fourth annual MLK Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend Program, “Shmita: Food Security and Sustainable Design in the Sabbatical Year and Beyond.”

January 18-20, 2013
KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation Chicago, IL

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