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Fear and light

November 16th, 2017

by Nigel Savage Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 27 Cheshvan 5778 Dear All, It’s Rosh Chodesh Kislev this weekend. Light in the darkness. I say: Bring it on. That was my first thought. And my second was: What’s the line between cliché and language that is[...]

"Down To Earth" Judaism | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

November 16th, 2017

Chayei Sarah Darya Watnick | Edlavitch DC JCC - Washington, DC  This week’s Torah portion is Chayei Sarah, literally “The Life of Sarah.” The title is a bit of a misnomer, as Sarah dies in the second verse. This portion instead focuses[...]

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The Ceremony of Innocence

November 2nd, 2017

by Nigel Savage November 2, 2017 | 13 Cheshvan 5778 Dear All, I rode into work the day before yesterday, as I do many days of the year, on a beautiful bike path on a beautiful day. Hazon worked quite hard, for several years,[...]

Ten New Sites Get the Green Light!

Ten New Sites Get the Green Light!

October 31st, 2017

A warm welcome and mazal tov to the Fall 2017 Seal of Sustainability Cohort! We are excited that these 10 new sites - from the east coast, west coast, and in between - are joining the Seal Network on a[...]

Unique Boulder Collaboration Leads to Big Food Rescue Wins

Unique Boulder Collaboration Leads to Big Food Rescue Wins

October 24th, 2017

The juxtaposition of the Jewish community's commitment to addressing hunger issues and the reality of literal tons of prepared foods being wasted after events was too much for Hazon's Boulder Director, Becky O'Brien, to handle. She observed that the Jewish[...]

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Sabbaticals, shmita, post-sabbatical...

October 19th, 2017

by Nigel Savage October 19, 2017 | 29 Tishrei 5778 Dear All, This week is the start of the rest of our lives the first week after the end of the Jewish holidays, and my first week back at work after my sabbatical.[...]

Changing the Way Animals are Raised for Food

Changing the Way Animals are Raised for Food

October 18th, 2017

Hazon joins Bon Appetit, UC Berkeley, Airbnb and other organizations as a leader in animal welfare in food service supply chains. Hazon was invited to join Farm Forward's Leadership Circle for the eggs we serve to the thousands of guests who[...]

Siach for the Seas

Siach for the Seas

October 4th, 2017

By David Krantz Imagine a Siach that isn’t just for Jews, but isn’t secular — a Siach that’s wholly religious and spiritual, but involving many religions —  and you’d have a conference run by the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care.[...]

Reflection on Law Society Human Rights Conference

Reflection on Law Society Human Rights Conference

October 4th, 2017

By Simone Abel On 10 December 2012, I was privileged to attend the annual Law Society Human Rights Conference in London on a Siach Stipend.  The focus of the conference was the impact of human rights principles on discrimination law, particularly[...]

Tu B’Shmita: Jewish Energy Guide Released

Tu B’Shmita: Jewish Energy Guide Released

October 4th, 2017

By David Krantz NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2014) — The next Shmita year is scheduled to begin in September, so we need to get ready! The Jewish Energy Guide is designed to help the Jewish community become more environmentally sustainable and[...]

Having a gay old time from Freedman to Eshbal… a cave man’s song not a cave man’s attitude!

Having a gay old time from Freedman to Eshbal… a cave man’s song not a cave man’s attitude!

October 4th, 2017

A group of activists from North America, Israel and Europe who met at the first Siach conference at Isabella Freedman Retreat Centre, have been collaborating on a couple of projects since we left the lentils, goats and lake behind in[...]

René Cassin Fellows Program

René Cassin Fellows Program

October 4th, 2017

When Simone Abel of Rene Cassin and Rabbi Sid Schwartz of CLAL first ran into each other at Limmud, they had the sense that they might enjoy working together. But it wasn’t until the Siach Conference that they found the[...]

Siach Collaboration Spreads as Far as India

Siach Collaboration Spreads as Far as India

October 4th, 2017

By Yonatan Glaser, Director, B’Tzedek, (and Manager of the joint initiative in India), and Nir Lahav, Director, Project T.E.N. and the Director of Young Activism Unit, The Jewish Agency For Israel It is with great excitement that the Jewish Agency’s Project[...]

Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods... and chicken coops

Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods... and chicken coops

October 3rd, 2017

by Judith Belasco October 3rd, 2017 | 13 Tishrei 5778 Dear All, My family built our sukkah this past Sunday. I felt an uneasy juxtaposition between the joy of this holiday – freely choosing to create and decorate a temporary home in which we will share[...]

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2017 JOFEE Network Gathering Remarks

September 18th, 2017

From Steven Green, Director of Grants Management and Program Officer, Jim Joseph Foundation We are here! We tend to wish one another a Shana Tovah while we acknowledge this has been a Shana Kashe. It’s been a tough year. That’s probably the understatement[...]

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Parasha Netzavim: Choosing to Dig In

September 14th, 2017

By: Margot Sands - Ekar Farm - Boulder, Co Parasha Netzavim This week’s Torah portion, Netzavim, offers us the warning of risks and rewards that could result from engaging in Judaism. See for yourself in a snapshot of this week’s Torah portion: Moses delivers[...]

Less Fear, More Resolve

Less Fear, More Resolve

September 8th, 2017

by Nigel Savage Originally posted in the Forward on August 30, 2017. "Who shall live and who shall die,” a line in the prayer Unetanneh Tokef, is the emotional highpoint of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy. The power of it[...]

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When 6,500 people come together

September 7th, 2017

by Judith Belasco September 7th, 2017 | 16 Elul 5777 Dear All, Dreams (and dreamers) are being seemingly pushed aside. Storms are raging wilder and fiercer as the climate changes. Difference is being aligned with fear. We must find ways to open our doors[...]

Spotlight on a Siach Partnership: Rosh Hashanah LaBehema

Spotlight on a Siach Partnership: Rosh Hashanah LaBehema

September 6th, 2017

Aharon Varady (The Open Siddur Project, USA) has joined forces with Yossi Wolfson (Ginger, Israel) and Shmuly Yanklowitz (Uri L’Tzedek, USA)  to revive the Mishnaic idea of Rosh Hashana LaBehama, Rosh Hashana for animals. So what is “the New Year for[...]

Shabbat at Burning Man

Shabbat at Burning Man

September 1st, 2017

By: Leo Cockrell - Camp Tawonga - San Francisco, CA I arrived on playa for my first Burning Man at midnight on Sunday after eight hours of driving. I got out of my car and I was immediately aware that I[...]

In the News: Styrofoam Bans, Paw Paw Trees, and a Home for the Chickens

In the News: Styrofoam Bans, Paw Paw Trees, and a Home for the Chickens

August 14th, 2017

Across the country, over forty Jewish organizations are committing to making a better world through the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. Local papers nationwide have highlighted Seal organization's innovative sustainability initiatives. Read on for stories about planting of paw paw trees, building[...]

Gender Identity, Oaths, and Inheritance in Matot-Masei | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Gender Identity, Oaths, and Inheritance in Matot-Masei | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 27th, 2017

Darya Watnick - Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center - Washington, DC Parshat Matot-Masei This week in the Torah we see a double portion: Matot-Masei. Combining Matot and Masei, the two chapters at the end of Numbers/Bamidbar, allows for the need to start the[...]

Parasha Pinchas / D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Parasha Pinchas / D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 23rd, 2017

By: Jaclyn Kellner - Coastal Roots Farm - Encinitas, CA Parasha Pinchas “Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel from twenty years old and upwards, following their fathers’ houses…” From here, this week's parsha, Parshat Pinchas, continues[...]

When a Donkey Speaks Truth to Power | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

When a Donkey Speaks Truth to Power | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 14th, 2017

Hannah Slipakoff, Jewish Farm School - Philadelphia, PA Parashat Balak In this week’s Parasha, Balak (Numbers 22:2- 25:9), we read a tale about the ways in which kindness and gratitude contribute to justice and G-dliness, and an allegory relating systemic patterns of oppression[...]

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Make an investment in happiness

July 13th, 2017

by Judith Belasco   July 13th, 2017 | 19 Tamuz 5777 Dear All, On Tuesday, we began what is known on the Jewish calendar as "the Three Weeks." This is a time of decreasing happiness which culminates in Tisha B'av, a commemoration of the destruction[...]

Reflection on Returning to Detroit

Reflection on Returning to Detroit

July 10th, 2017

by Zoe McCoon, Hazon Detroit Summer 2017 Rabbinic Fellow After finishing my first year of rabbinical school, I had mixed feelings about leaving Jerusalem – a place I found filled with spiritual energy and fervor… and yet, I was counting down[...]

When It Rains It Pours | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

When It Rains It Pours | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

July 6th, 2017

Ryan Kaplan, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Parshat Chukat “Moses made a copper serpent and mounted it on a standard; and when anyone was bitten by a serpent, they would look at the copper serpent and recover.” Numbers 21:9 As I write this[...]

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Sign | Seal | Deliver

June 29th, 2017

from Judith Belasco June 29th, 2017 | 5th of Tamuz, 5777 Dear all, Last year, from the bimah at Greenburgh Hebrew Center, a shul outside NYC, there was a reminder to attend the annual meeting and vote to approve the budget. I overheard[...]

How to Build a Community in Two Not-So-Easy Steps: A Lesson from Shelach | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

How to Build a Community in Two Not-So-Easy Steps: A Lesson from Shelach | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 23rd, 2017

Chelsea Stephens - Hazon - Teva Parshat Shelach When we pulled up, the gate was locked. We didn’t have anyone’s number. We didn’t really know if we were in the right spot. Luckily though — for me and the two co-workers (and best[...]

Calling the Congregation - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Calling the Congregation - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 20th, 2017

Jacob Weiss - Hazon at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Parashat Beha’alotcha “Make thee two trumpets of silver; of beaten work shalt thou make them; and they shall be unto thee for the calling of the congregation... And when they shall blow with[...]

Cutting our waste - with compostable knives

Cutting our waste - with compostable knives

June 19th, 2017

The Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, CA is a haven for green-focused Jewish community. Already OFJCC’s campus is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified for its environmentally progressive features, and they’ve continued their environmental leadership with[...]

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A few first words from me, as Hazon's acting CEO...

June 13th, 2017

From Judith Belasco June 13th, 2017 | 19th Sivan 5777 Dear All, I joined Hazon in July 2007 as the Associate Director of Food Programs. I was a vegan and my first day on the job, Nigel mentioned that I needed to organize our first-ever[...]

Walking Behind Kindess: Parashat Naso | D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Walking Behind Kindess: Parashat Naso | D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

June 9th, 2017

Jaclyn Kellner - Coastal Roots Farm; Encinitas, CA “I’d like to go to the fields and glean among the ears of grain behind someone who may show me kindness.” This statement, from Ruth to Naomi in the Book of Ruth, holds so[...]

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The Paris Accords – Now What?

June 2nd, 2017

From Nigel Savage June 2nd, 2017 | 8th Sivan 5777 Dear All, Jewish tradition isn’t just for kids and it isn’t just for synagogues and it isn’t just about bagels or dressing up on Purim. This last week, across the Jewish world, we celebrated Shavuot,[...]

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I hope to see you this Sunday at the Celebrate Israel Parade...

June 2nd, 2017

From Nigel Savage June 2nd, 2017 | 8th Sivan 5777 Dear All, It’s the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration this year. When Lord Balfour wrote to Lord Rothschild, on behalf of the British government, neither of them knew that, thirty years later,[...]

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Parsha Behar - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

May 25th, 2017

Parsha Behar By: Emily Blustein - Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta - Atlanta, GA   Rest for the land, rest for the people, all will be provided. This week we are reading Behar which tells us about shmitah and jubilee. Shmitah is during[...]

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"Time Is So Precious..."

May 25th, 2017

From Nigel Savage May 25th, 2017 | 29th Iyar 5777 | Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan | 44th day of the omer | gevurah she’b’tiferet "Time Is So Precious..." Dear All, That’s a lot of dates on the dateline above. And we’re also: three days after[...]

Recycling at Adat Shalom

Recycling at Adat Shalom

May 22nd, 2017

During their first year, Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills, MI has proven itself to be a real asset to the Hazon Seal of Sustainability Cohort 2016! From their efforts towards implementing better recycling policies, to using only recyclable paper[...]

Old Stones, New Ripples - Reflections on the Close of JOFEE Fellowship Cohort 1 | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Old Stones, New Ripples - Reflections on the Close of JOFEE Fellowship Cohort 1 | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

May 18th, 2017

by Yoshi Silverstein - JOFEE Fellowship Director May 18th, 2017 | 22nd Iyar 5777 | 37th day of the omer | gevurah she’b’yesod 16 Organizations. 17 Fellows. Over 500 programs. An estimated 37,000 participants in Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education[...]

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Changing the world, one (JOFEE) Fellow at a time…

May 18th, 2017

From Nigel Savage May 18th, 2017 | 22nd Iyar 5777 | 37th day of the omer | gevurah she’b’yesod Changing the world, one (JOFEE) Fellow at a time… Dear All, 16 partner organizations. 17 JOFEE Fellows. Over 500 discrete programs. And an estimated 37,000[...]