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Parasha Tazria-Metzora - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Tazria-Metzora - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 25th, 2017

Parasha Tazria-Metzora By: Margot Sands; Ekar Farm - Denver, CO This week’s Torah portion, Tazria-Metzora, continues to outline specific laws of purification for newborns, mothers, and sufferers of leprosy such as circumcision, immersing in the mikvah, and solitary confinement. Leprosy? Why is this disease[...]

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Shemini: For the Love of the Earth

April 22nd, 2017

April 22, 2017 | Earth Day By Ellen Bernstein www.ellenbernstein.org In this week’s Torah portion, Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, are consumed by God's fire for a seemingly innocuous error, as they attempt to perform the ritual of the mishkan. Many readers are[...]

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47 years... and the next ten days

April 20th, 2017

From Nigel Savage April 20th, 2017 | 24th Nisan 5777 | 9th day of the omer; gevurah she’b’gevurah   Dear All, Nearly half a century ago, on April 22, 1970, twenty million people took to the streets for the first Earth Day – which[...]

Parasha Sh'mini - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Sh'mini - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 19th, 2017

Parasha Sh'mini By Ren Feldman; Eden Village Camp - Putnam Valley, NY   Last week many of us made a trek to our family’s, friend’s or parent’s home. Exiled from our ‘normal’ lives, we may have felt like slaves to the lurking particles[...]

Composting our Way Through Life at Ramah in the Rockies

Composting our Way Through Life at Ramah in the Rockies

April 14th, 2017

By Zach Goldberg, JOFEE Fellow at Ramah in the Rockies and Bonai Shalom Ramah in the Rockies started a Bokashi composting system as part of their participation in the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, a roadmap for Jewish institutions to become more[...]

This Passover, Take Action for the Climate – D’Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

This Passover, Take Action for the Climate – D’Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 13th, 2017

Rachel Aronson - JOFEE / Sustainability and Community Engagement Fellow, Hazon  Jews across the world this week commemorated leaving Egypt to become free people for the holiday of Passover. Friends and family sit around the table together for the seder, celebrating freedom with[...]

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This year in Jerusalem…

April 6th, 2017

From Nigel Savage   April 6th, 2017 | 10th Nissan 5777 This year in Jerusalem… Dear All, The last year in which I didn’t set foot in Israel was 1984. My visits have encompassed the days of the asimonim, the devolution of the currency, and[...]

Parasha Tzav - D'Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Tzav - D'Varim Hamakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 5th, 2017

Parashat Tzav By: Rose Chernoff; Abundance Farm - Northampton, MA   In this week’s parsha, Tzav, we learn about the rules for how a priest/priestess is to keep the sacrificial fire burning. The instructions are to keep the fire burning all day and[...]

Parashat Pikudei - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parashat Pikudei - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

April 3rd, 2017

Parashat Pikudei By: Tzachi Flatt; Oshman JCC, Palo Alto, CA Parashat Pikudei tells the story of the construction of the Mishkan, built by the Israelite community under supervision of the Levites. While wandering in the desert, it became a source of comfort[...]

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Significant news from Isabella Freedman…

March 23rd, 2017

From Nigel Savage March 23rd, 2017 | 25th Adar 5777 Significant news from Isabella Freedman… Dear All, How do we maintain balance in the 24/7 news cycle? How do we mediate social media and real life – and does the latter need airquotes (“real[...]

Biking around Boulder with MoHoBo

Biking around Boulder with MoHoBo

March 15th, 2017

Moishe House Boulder set up three community members with bikes and helmets as part of their participation in the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. Already a force in the Moishe House platform as one of the most sustainable and intentional communities, Moishe[...]

Parsha Ki Tisa - The Mitzvah of Tzedaka - D'Varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Ki Tisa - The Mitzvah of Tzedaka - D'Varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

March 10th, 2017

The Mitzvah of Tzedakah By: Nicole Cruz; Peninsula JCC - San Francisco, CA This week's Torah portion, Ki Tisa, tells the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from G-d (not once but twice) at Mount Sinai. The first set of Ten[...]

Yom hafuch  / eating treif…

Yom hafuch / eating treif…

March 9th, 2017

From Nigel Savage Dear All, “Hafuch” means something like “upside down.” If you order a “café hafuch” in Israel you’ll get the Israeli version of a cappuccino. One of my favorite phrases, from the same root, is “mamash l’hefech” “exactly the opposite.” So[...]

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert - D'varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert - D'varim Ha'Makom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

March 7th, 2017

Parsha Terumah and Passover in the Desert: The Holy Gift of Service By: Daniella Aboody - Wilderness Torah, Berkeley California   This week's Torah portion is Terumah, which translates to "offering", "gift", or "contribution". In this parsha, God instructs Moses to build the Mishkan (tabernacle),[...]

Parsha Mishpatim - D'varim HaMakom: the JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Mishpatim - D'varim HaMakom: the JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 23rd, 2017

Parsha Mishpatim By: Danielle Smith - Eden Village Camp, Putnam Valley NY In last week’s parsha, we received the ten commandments. Before we receive the golden calf, we have nearly a whole parsha of laws showing us how to apply the commandments[...]

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When they go low, we go deep...

February 23rd, 2017

From Nigel Savage February 23rd, 2017 | 27th Shvat 5777 Dear All, There’s a lot going on. In recent weeks I was at the Jewish Community Farming gathering at the Leichtag Commons in Encinitas – one of the best gatherings of its sort that[...]

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Parsha Yitro - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 21st, 2017

By - Tzachi Flatt, Oshman Family JCC - Palo Alto, CA In This week’s Torah portion, Yitro, Moses tells his stepfather Jethro the story of the Israelites escape from Egypt. Jethro is very pleased with the story and recites a prayer[...]

Parsha Beshalach - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Beshalach - D'varim HaMakom The JOFEE Fellows Blog

February 9th, 2017

Blessings, on Blessings, on Blessings: Faith and Wonderment in Beshalach and Tu B'shvat Shani Mink - Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown MD In the parsha of Beshalach we have finally emerged from the darkness of egypt and we are now headed into a different[...]

Here's what you can do this Tu b'Shvat

Here's what you can do this Tu b'Shvat

February 7th, 2017

From Nigel Savage Dear All, Tu b'Shvat, the Jewish celebration of trees, is observed this Friday night (February 10th) and Saturday (February 11th). This holiday offers us a midwinter moment to take stock of our relationship with Jewish tradition, the natural world,[...]

Parsha Va'eira - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Va'eira - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

January 27th, 2017

Parsha Va'eira Liora Lebowitz - Jewish Farm School - Philadelphia, PA Power from the People: A Story of How Moshe and Aharon Led the Israelite Resistance The parsha Va’eira is the story of Moshe and Aharon’s attempts to free the Israelite people from[...]

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Inspiration, aspiration, respiration…

January 26th, 2017

From Nigel Savage   Dear All, In December we had a board meeting and took part of the time to discuss the election. One of[...]

Composting at Hannah Senesh

Composting at Hannah Senesh

January 17th, 2017

As part of their three Hazon Seal Sustainability projects, Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, NY is expanding their compost program. Notably, they've purchased a second composting barrel; this barrel allows students to set one batch of compost aside[...]

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Transitions & beginnings / a first-ever joint email...

January 17th, 2017

Dear All, This past Shabbat, we read the last chapter of Bereishit, the book of Genesis. On Sunday and Monday, we celebrated MLK weekend. And this coming Shabbat, we start the book of Shmot, the book of Exodus. Bereishit is a story[...]

Parsha Vayechi - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parsha Vayechi - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

January 12th, 2017

Parsha Vayechi Rachel Aronson - Hazon - New York, NY Parsha Vayechi tells a story of transition and change. Jacob, lying on his deathbed, calls his sons to his side. Each of his sons, along with Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Menasheh, receive an[...]

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Gratitude & practice

January 12th, 2017

From Nigel Savage Dear All, It’s a hundred years since 1917. Technological change was accelerating. The promise of human-powered flight had turned into bombs raining down on the miserable soldiers in the trenches of the First World War. (One of them was[...]

Truth, Light and Forgiveness - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Truth, Light and Forgiveness - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

January 10th, 2017

Truth, Light and Forgiveness Mira Menyuk - Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, MD Parashat Vayigash   In a recent candle dipping program my co-worker Michal and I ran we led a discussion about the truth we want to bring forward during Hanukkah and the darkness[...]

Seal Sites at the Food Conference

Seal Sites at the Food Conference

January 5th, 2017

Hannukah, New Year's Eve, AND hundreds of Jewish foodies and environmentalists... all at the Hazon Food Conference. Last week, six Seal sites -- DU Hillel, CSU Hillel, Moishe House Boulder, B'nai Jeshurun, Ramah in the Rockies, Congregation Bonai Shalom -- joined[...]

Renewing Our Connections - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Renewing Our Connections - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

December 29th, 2016

Renewing our Connections Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and implemented, gleanings from the field, and connections to[...]

Honoring the Darkness - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Honoring the Darkness - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

December 22nd, 2016

Shani Mink - Pushing the Envelope Farm, Geneva IL & Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown MD Parshat Vayeishev Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences,[...]

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New light, new ideas, new collaboration

December 22nd, 2016

From Nigel Savage Dear All, We’re going strong into 2017. Hazon has had the best year in our history, and we have big ambitions for 2017 and beyond. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us this year (including the many of[...]

Returning Home - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Returning Home - D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

December 15th, 2016

Nicole Cruz, Peninsula JCC - Bay Area, CA Parshat Vayishlach Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and implemented,[...]

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Adaptive leadership / "the 3 x 3 grid"

December 6th, 2016

From Nigel Savage Dear All, This last weekend at Isabella Freedman we held our fourth Jewish Intentional Communities Conference. I arrived at Freedman – truthfully – tired, a little sick, and more than somewhat depressed about the state of the world. I[...]

Prayer in Action: Upholding our Covenant for a Brighter Future - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Prayer in Action: Upholding our Covenant for a Brighter Future - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 23rd, 2016

Daniella Aboody, Wilderness Torah – Berkeley, CA Parshat Chayyei Sarah Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and implemented, gleanings from the[...]

What’s Mine is Yours, and What’s Yours is Yours - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

What’s Mine is Yours, and What’s Yours is Yours - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 17th, 2016

Michael Fraade, Jewish Community of Louisville - Louisville, KY Parshat Vayera Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and[...]

Sustain Hazon this Giving Tuesday

Sustain Hazon this Giving Tuesday

November 17th, 2016

We want to know why you love Hazon! On Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (November 29, 2016), we will be sharing stories of transformative Hazon experiences on our social media platforms. Hazon is spreading the word about a healthier, more[...]

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One week later / a 9-year-old's question to G!d...

November 17th, 2016

From Nigel Savage Thank you for the kind and thoughtful comments that many of you sent in response to last week's email. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and I fear the intensity of what is going on at the moment.[...]

Going Forth - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Going Forth - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 11th, 2016

Eli Goldstein, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC – Bridgewater, NJ Parshat Lech Lecha Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve[...]

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The day after the election

November 9th, 2016

From Nigel Savage I had a very strange day today: I rode out of Jerusalem, on the first day of our Israel Ride, with our largest ever group of participants, on a beautiful day. The day went smoothly and easily. The[...]

Grappling with the Ark of Responsibility - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Grappling with the Ark of Responsibility - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 3rd, 2016

Bailey Lininger, Tamarack Camps - Bloomfield Hills, MI Parashat Noach Editor’s Note: Welcome to D’varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! Most weeks throughout the year, you’ll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and implemented,[...]

Brexit, the presidential election, social capital & the evolution of synagogues…

Brexit, the presidential election, social capital & the evolution of synagogues…

November 1st, 2016

From Nigel Savage There's a fascinating academic study on the aftermath of the Brexit vote in the UK. One of the things it looked at was the relationship between social capital and the referendum. It defines social capital as the[...]