Resources For Rabbis

Hazon creates healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. We were founded in 2000 and one important part of our continued growth is to deepen our working relationship with rabbis. We value the work you do as a rabbi and leader within the Jewish community. We want you to know that we’re here to help and support your community. We also hope you will help us expand our unique programming and learning opportunities that are reshaping modern Jewish communities.

Each year Hazon organizes Jewish environmental bike rides in New York and Israel, with opportunities for rabbis to participate as riders or support riding members of their communities.

The highlight of Hazon’s food work is our annual Food Conference, which takes place at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Connecticut. In addition to the conference, Hazon provides educational resources about the intersection of food and Jewish life, and the Hazon CSA Program is thriving in communities around the country.

This page provides an overview of various resources that could be useful for you and your communities. We would love to learn about your community and work together to create a healthier and more sustainable world, send a note to rabbinicalcouncil@hazon.org.


 Healthy and Sustainable Jewish Holidays
Our holiday guides will help you celebrate the Jewish holidays in line with your values. Check out our menu tips, activities, decoration ideas and more!

 Brachot Cards
A pocket blessing card for everyday mindfulness, gratitude, and extraordinary moments. Distribute these cards in your community for members to slip into their wallets or purses and use everyday. You can even customize the cards with your institution’s logo.

Food for Thought Food for Thought
A 130-page sourcebook that draws on texts from within and beyond Jewish traditions to explore a range of topics relating to Jews and food.

 Min ha’Aretz
A student curriculum for students grades 5-9 to explore the relationship between Jewish texts, traditions, and practices and the food we eat. Includes family programs to further develop these issues.

Host a Sustainable Shabbat Dinner Host a Sustainable Shabbat Dinner
A guide to help plan Shabbat meals, from thinking about what to serve to bringing insightful Jewish learning to your Shabbat table. In partnership with NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.


More Resources

Hazon Seal Hazon Seal of Sustainability
Would you like your synagogue’s weekly kiddush to be healthier, more delicious, and less wasteful? Want to cut the energy costs of an aging building? Apply to join our growing network of Seal sites!

 CSA Program
Community-Supported Agriculture connects communities to a local farm, providing seasonal produce to members and steady income to the farmer.

Israel Ride Israel Ride
A week-long adventure to explore the land of Israel from the seat of your bike. In partnership with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

 Sustainable Israel Tour
A one-of-a-kind mission highlighting Israeli developments in sustainable food production, spirituality, healthy living, and social justice.

Throughout the year, we offer Jewish holiday experiences, workshops, festivals, farm vacations, retreats, yoga classes, prayer services, and farm-to-table kosher meals. Here is a select list of conferences and retreats we think you, as a rabbi, would want to know about for yourself or for your community.

Additionally, our Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center is a great venue for your next synagogue retreat. Freedman’s beautiful setting, comfortable accommodations, delicious food, onsite activities, and dynamic staff are sure to nourish the hearts and souls of all who attend.

Sep 23, 2018 - Oct 3, 2018
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Sukkahfest is a singular event – perhaps the most joyous, and almost certainly the most diverse celebration of the holiday of Sukkot on planet Earth. Includes Camp Teva for kids!

JOFEE Network Gathering
Oct 11, 2018 - Oct 14, 2018
Tamarack Camps, MI, Ortonville, MI

Join Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Educators for the annual JOFEE Network Gathering. If you do any work in the JOFEE field or are interested in bringing any JOFEE elements to your job, then this professional development conference is for you.

The Israel Ride
Oct 23, 2018 - Oct 30, 2018

Cycle from Jerusalem to Eilat and broaden your understanding of the region as you meet Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians working towards peace, environmental sustainability, and regional cooperation.

Jewish Intentional Communities Conference
Mar 28, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Join participants from across the country – including people who are already members of intentional communities as well as folks who are just curious and excited by the idea – as we learn from and share with each other, vision together, and plant seeds for communities to come.

Join the Rabbinical Council
The Hazon Rabbinical Council (RC) is a mutually beneficial and supportive avenue for Hazon to help religious leaders (rabbis, cantors, rabbinic and cantorial students, and other spiritual leaders of all denominations) who support Hazon’s work and programs within their communities. The RC catalyzes rabbis to use Hazon as a portal for action, helping them be leaders in creating a healthy and sustainable community in the Jewish world and beyond.

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