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Hoda'ah Sermon

Hoda'ah Sermon

December 9th, 2019

By Rabbi Nate DeGroot Shabbat shalom and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday with family and friends. It’s an honor and pleasure to be here with you on behalf of Hazon Detroit - the Jewish lab for sustainability, and a grateful partner of[...]

Hazon Seal Spotlight: Eggcellent News from Tamarack Camps (MI)

Hazon Seal Spotlight: Eggcellent News from Tamarack Camps (MI)

December 4th, 2019

  Camp Maas Switches to the Best. Eggs. Ever! The story below was written by Rachel Fine, taken from the Announcements from Tamarack Camps. If you would like to connect with Tamarack Camps, email seal@hazon.org and we will make the shidduch! Yashr Koach[...]

How to feel better in a sometimes thankless world

How to feel better in a sometimes thankless world

November 27th, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | 29th Cheshvan 5780 Dear Hazon, This year at our JOFEE Network Gathering we learned about Joanna Macy, and her concept of “active hope.” She’s an 80-something eco-philosopher, Christian I think by background; a world apart, on the[...]

Sukkahfest Reflections

Sukkahfest Reflections

November 27th, 2019

By Toby Shulruff My family and I live in Portland, Oregon – which is both geographically and symbolically out on the edges of American Jewish life. My husband and I work outside of Jewish community. Our neighborhood is a little oasis[...]

What Sukkahfest Means to Me

What Sukkahfest Means to Me

November 27th, 2019

By Rhonda Greif Upon entering Isabella Freedman you are greeted by a warm welcoming wooden sign “We are blessed by your arrival." This just about sums up the overall feeling of good cheer that surrounds Sukkahfest from beginning to end and stays[...]

Reflections from Israel & a Critical Error of Omission in the American Jewish Community

Reflections from Israel & a Critical Error of Omission in the American Jewish Community

November 14th, 2019

By Nigel Savage Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 15th Cheshvan 5780 Dear All, I got an inexpensive Airbnb near the marina in Ashkelon, to decompress for a day after the Israel Ride and to catch up with some work and write this email. Right now I’m[...]

What’s On Your Plate? Resources to support better food choices

What’s On Your Plate? Resources to support better food choices

November 11th, 2019

  Dear green teams, leaders, provokers of thought and change! The compilation below is aimed to help you push for healthier and more sustainable nourishment in your communities and institutions. It is intended for all Jewish institutions, organizations, congregations and households. If these resources[...]

Meet the Hakhel Advisors: Noa

Meet the Hakhel Advisors: Noa

November 7th, 2019

Hakhel is an incubator for Jewish Intentional communities, and as such it provides members with a support package for three years. This support includes funding, training, networking, Israel trips, and the crown jewel: a personal professional advisor! Hakhel advisors provide communities[...]

Support Sustainable Agriculture Today!

Support Sustainable Agriculture Today!

November 5th, 2019

A gritty but incredibly important process called 'appropriations' is currently being hammered out between the House and Senate agriculture committees. Encourage your representatives to fully fund programs that support sustainable agriculture! Read on to find out how you can spend[...]

Building the Ark

Building the Ark

October 31st, 2019

By Rabbi Nate DeGroot In Parashat Noach, God promised to never destroy the earth again (Gen 8.21). But that says nothing of our precarious power as humans to jeopardize our own future1.  What could Noah have been thinking, we wonder2, as he[...]

Hazon Detroit: Shake Local

Hazon Detroit: Shake Local

October 31st, 2019

Dear Friends, Our rabbis say (Tosafot, Suk. 37b) that when we shake the lulav and etrog on Sukkot, “the trees of the forest sing with joy.” So that got us to wondering, what are the conditions that might allow the trees[...]

An extraordinary gift from Greta Thunberg

An extraordinary gift from Greta Thunberg

October 17th, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 4th day of Sukkot, 5780 Dear All, I get older and my Jewish journey evolves, but almost the only constant is a constantly deepening sense of how amazing the tradition is and how the pieces fit together. I say that[...]

Recipe: Cilantro Chutney

Recipe: Cilantro Chutney

October 17th, 2019

This recipe comes to us from 2019 Hazon Food Conference Presenter Regina Mosenkis. Recipe from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen by Divya Alter (Rizzoli, 2017) This chutney and its variations are my favorites for improving any[...]

Recipe: Almond Milk Chai

Recipe: Almond Milk Chai

October 17th, 2019

This recipe comes to us from 2019 Hazon Food Conference Presenter Regina Mosenkis. Recipe from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen by Divya Alter (Rizzoli, 2017) When I lived in India, I learned that chai is one[...]

Recipe: Bumuelos

Recipe: Bumuelos

October 17th, 2019

This recipe comes to us from 2019 Hazon Food Conference Presenter Susan Barocas. This is the only bumuelos recipe I’ve ever used, dating back over 50 years to growing up in Denver and modified only slightly since then. However, there are[...]

Recipe: Almond Milk

Recipe: Almond Milk

October 17th, 2019

This recipe comes to us from 2019 Hazon Food Conference Presenter Regina Mosenkis. Recipe from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen by Divya Alter (Rizzoli, 2017) I’ve taught this recipe to thousands of people and not a[...]

Recipe: Baklava Bites

Recipe: Baklava Bites

October 17th, 2019

This recipe comes to us from 2019 Hazon Food Conference Presenter Susan Barocas. Ingredients 1 cup walnuts, chopped ½ cup pistachios, chopped 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp ground cloves 30 mini fillo shells Syrup: 1/2 cup sugar 1/2[...]

Why a Jewish Meditation Retreat?

Why a Jewish Meditation Retreat?

October 11th, 2019

by Rabbi Jay Michaelson Why do mindfulness meditation in a Jewish context? These days, there are seemingly endless ways to meditate: in secular contexts, like mindfulness-based stress reduction; in a wide variety of Buddhist communities; at yoga classes. So why do Jewish? It’s[...]

The Ashamnu Prayer in the Year of Environmental Teshuva

The Ashamnu Prayer in the Year of Environmental Teshuva

October 8th, 2019

Yom Kippur 5780 An Invitation by Leah Palmer, Hakhel Administrative Director The “ashamnu” prayer from the Ashkenazic Yom Kippur service is once of the most iconic moments of the High Holiday prayers. The congregation stands in silence, beating their chests in regret[...]

Pre-Rosh Hashanah Gratitude

Pre-Rosh Hashanah Gratitude

September 19th, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 19th Elul 5779 Dear Friends, This is our last formal email before Rosh Hashanah. The year ends, the year begins. For Hazon, the year just ending is one of immense gratitude. One says that so lightly, as if[...]

L'dor Va'dor: Important Hazon Seal News for Elul

L'dor Va'dor: Important Hazon Seal News for Elul

September 13th, 2019

Dear Hazon Seal sites, This month of Elul, as you reflect back, wrestle with personal and communal accounting, and contemplate the future, Hazon is here to support your personal and communal goals for environmental teshuva. What is teshuva? What is environmental teshuva??  All[...]

Opening my Eyes, Ears, and Lungs: Architecture Walk 2019

Opening my Eyes, Ears, and Lungs: Architecture Walk 2019

September 11th, 2019

We all know that every step we take can be important - but what about what we step on? What about what we step near?  A few weeks ago, I learned that everything matters. From the type of concrete that I'm[...]

Hakhel Blog: Leah Palmer

Hakhel Blog: Leah Palmer

September 11th, 2019

Several years ago, I was in shul on the morning of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and the Rabbi stood up to speak. They opened with: "What is the difference between the Jewish New Year on Rosh Hashanah, and[...]

#EnvironmentalTeshuva

#EnvironmentalTeshuva

September 5th, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 5th Elul 5779 Dear All, Sadly I wasn’t at the New York Ride last weekend – because we didn’t do one this year. But I send love and gratitude to anyone who ever participated in the Ride, or led the Ride, or[...]

We Are the Weather: A Year of Environmental Teshuva

We Are the Weather: A Year of Environmental Teshuva

August 29th, 2019

ראש חודש אלול תשע״ט  --------  Rosh Chodesh Elul 5779, August 29th, 2019 Dear Rabbis and Clergy, I hope that you have now received a pre-publication copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. I’m writing to[...]

A Year of Environmental Teshuva

A Year of Environmental Teshuva

August 29th, 2019

ראש חודש אלול תשע״ט  --------  Rosh Chodesh Elul 5779, August 29th, 2019 Dear Rabbis and Clergy, Hazon is entering into a year of Environmental Teshuva. The backdrop is that: We really are in a climate crisis, and this year, and even this[...]

Rosh HaShanah for Animals by Rabbi Aaron Philmus

Rosh HaShanah for Animals by Rabbi Aaron Philmus

August 29th, 2019

Rosh Chodesh Elul, 5779 By Rabbi Aaron Philmus Temple Torat Yisrael, Rhode Island Sheep, goats, cows, camels and donkeys… Domesticated animals get almost as much air-time in the Torah as people do, yet we so rarely reflect on our relationship with them. We[...]

Inner and Outer Climate Change by Rabbi Robin Damsky

Inner and Outer Climate Change by Rabbi Robin Damsky

August 29th, 2019

Earth Etudes 2019 Rosh Chodesh Elul, 5779 By Rabbi Robin Damsky inthegardens.org Durham, NC It’s been a year of change. Not just a move, but a move to a new climate zone and a very new culture. I moved from outside Chicago to Durham, NC[...]

Getting in Sync with the Treasure of Elul by Rabbi Ora Weiss

Getting in Sync with the Treasure of Elul by Rabbi Ora Weiss

August 29th, 2019

Rosh Chodesh Elul, 5779 By Rabbi Ora Weiss Restorative Judaism Boston, MA One of the great gifts of Judaism is its exquisite ability to teach us to tune in and use the energy of each month. The energy of Elul offers us unique support.[...]

A Year of Environmental Teshuva

A Year of Environmental Teshuva

August 29th, 2019

ראש חודש אלול תשע״ט  --------  Rosh Chodesh Elul 5779, August 29th, 2019 Dear Rabbinical Council Members, Hazon is entering into a year of Environmental Teshuva. The backdrop is that: We really are in a climate crisis, and this year, and even this[...]

Gratitude... and getting ready...

Gratitude... and getting ready...

August 26th, 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019 | 22 Av 5779Dear All,It’s summertime. This email is full of gratitude and the inspiration to strive to do good in the world.Years ago I learned from Anna Hanau this line from one of her teachers[...]

Eikev and the Seven Species | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Eikev and the Seven Species | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

August 22nd, 2019

by Sarah Rockford, JOFEE Fellow Cohort 4, Maine Jewish Food Network at Colby College Center for Small Town Jewish Life – Waterville, ME Parshat Eikev Fourteen years ago I read from parshat Eikev as a bat mitzvah. As I stood on the bimah and chanted[...]

Summer Feature - Teva Educators: Where Are They Now?

Summer Feature - Teva Educators: Where Are They Now?

August 13th, 2019

As we begin approaching Teva’s 25th Anniversary, we will be spending the summer months featuring former Teva Educators who were once Teva students. They are from different Teva seasons and have different stories, experiences and memories. Enjoy the walk down[...]

Hazon Detroit: Food Festival This Sunday!

Hazon Detroit: Food Festival This Sunday!

August 12th, 2019

Dear Friends, This Sunday, we will gather as a Jewish community for the 4th Annual Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival – the largest event annually in the Michigan Jewish community. This event, which takes place at Eastern Market in Detroit from[...]

Endings and beginnings

Endings and beginnings

August 8th, 2019

 Significant staff changes at Hazon... Thursday, August 8, 2019 | 6 Av 5779 Dear All, In the Torah, this is an end, and then a beginning. We’re starting to read the book of Devarim. It’s the last book of the Torah, and a pivot which[...]

Summer Feature - Teva Educators: Where Are They Now?

Summer Feature - Teva Educators: Where Are They Now?

August 2nd, 2019

As we begin approaching Teva’s 25th Anniversary, we will be spending the summer months featuring former Teva Educators who were once Teva students. They are from different Teva seasons and have different stories, experiences and memories. Enjoy the walk down[...]

Recipe: Apple Honey Bundt Cake

Recipe: Apple Honey Bundt Cake

July 29th, 2019

Want a bigger taste?  Join us at the Rosh Hashanah Retreat! Apple Honey Bundt Cake This recipe & photo come from Allrecipes.com Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 55 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Servings: 12 pieces Ingredients 1 cup white sugar 1 cup vegetable[...]

Philip Roth’s Table & the Great Crash of 1987

Philip Roth’s Table & the Great Crash of 1987

July 25th, 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 21st Tammuz, 5779 Dear All, Well: it was a funny week. On Shabbat I discovered my bike had been nicked, overnight. This was my fourth or fifth stolen, over the years, in this otherwise law-abiding city. Then that evening it[...]

Sustainable Vacation Tips

Sustainable Vacation Tips

July 23rd, 2019

by Ariel Marantz and Rebecca Silver Summer is vacation time! Here are some tips to think about when planning your next vacation. Traveling: Are there ways that you can travel without flying? Try to use public transportation, including buses or trains, as[...]

Blow that Shofar: Gearing up Towards the High Holidays

Blow that Shofar: Gearing up Towards the High Holidays

July 23rd, 2019

With the High Holiday around the corner, we want to make sure you are also geared up and ready for a meaningful and sustainable Jewish New Year. Once again, we bring you a well-curated bouquet of resources and calls for[...]