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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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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[...]

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[...]

In the Sukkah We Trust - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

In the Sukkah We Trust - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

October 28th, 2016

Rachel Binstock, Urban Adamah – Berkeley, CA Parashat Breishit + Sukkot 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,[...]

What happens to a lulav after Sukkot?

What happens to a lulav after Sukkot?

October 27th, 2016

Two weeks ago, right after Yom Kippur, families and communities began erecting beautiful Sukkot. Decorated with gourds, topped with bamboo, tree branches, or corn stalks, these sukkot have provided a temporary home for Jews across the world for eight days.[...]

To See and Be Seen - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

To See and Be Seen - D'Varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

October 20th, 2016

Liora Lebowitz, Jewish Farm School - Philadelphia, PA Parashat V'zot Haberachah + Sukkot & Simchat Torah 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,[...]

Full-Circle Sustainability at CSU Hillel

Full-Circle Sustainability at CSU Hillel

October 19th, 2016

At the Colorado State University Hillel, sustainability is coming full circle. The C.S.U. Hillel’s Green Team is improving their food sourcing and starting a composting program to support green meals and programming at Hillel. In September, Green Team members Alex Amchi[...]

Updates from the Hazon Seal of Sustainability

Updates from the Hazon Seal of Sustainability

October 19th, 2016

The Seal of Sustainability is now launched! Nearly two dozen Jewish organizations around the country are assembling Green Teams, taking a food, facilities, or healthy ecosystem audit, and launching new sustainability projects at their organizations. At synagogues, community centers, social[...]

Listen and Gather: Jewish Rain Makers - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Listen and Gather: Jewish Rain Makers - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

October 13th, 2016

Jessica Berlin, Hazon: Transformative Experiences, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center – Falls Village, CT Sukkot and Parashat Ha'azinu 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,[...]

One other vote on November 8th

One other vote on November 8th

October 13th, 2016

by Nigel Savage All eyes on November 8th are on the presidential election. To many of us it feels the most consequential choice, with the starkest consequences, of any in our lifetime. As the CEO of a non-profit, I have no[...]

The power of retreat

The power of retreat

October 6th, 2016

by Nigel Savage Shana tova – happy new year. I was in shul and I was wondering: if a social psychologist could somehow track the behavior of all the Jewish people in the world, relative to a/ our own behavior the rest[...]

The Beauty of Yom Kippur - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

The Beauty of Yom Kippur - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

October 6th, 2016

Zach Goldberg, Ramah in the Rockies & Congregation Bonai Shalom - Boulder, CO Yom Kippur and Parshat Vayelech 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,[...]

Choosing Life - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Choosing Life - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

September 30th, 2016

Yoshi Silverstein  Parshat Nitzavim & Rosh Hashanah 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 (and staff): reflections on their experiences, successful programs they’ve planned and implemented, gleanings from the field,[...]

A Heart to Know, Eyes to See, and Ears to Hear - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

A Heart to Know, Eyes to See, and Ears to Hear - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

September 22nd, 2016

Danielle Smith, Eden Village Camp - Putnam Valley, NY Parshat Ki Tavo 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[...]

Shana tova / The year in wider perspective...

Shana tova / The year in wider perspective...

September 22nd, 2016

by Nigel Savage This is our last email of the first year of this shmita cycle. Rosh Hashanah – a week on Sunday night, October 2nd – marks the start of year two. It has been a good and productive and impactful[...]

From Outside the Walls In - JOFEE at the J | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

From Outside the Walls In - JOFEE at the J | D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

September 15th, 2016

Eli Goldstein, Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC – Bridgewater, NJ Parshat Ki Teitzei 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[...]

Upside Down and Open Hearted - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Upside Down and Open Hearted - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

September 8th, 2016

Emily Glick, Hazon - Teva Programs Parshat Shoftim 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[...]

Open your heart, Open your hand - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

Open your heart, Open your hand - D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog

September 1st, 2016

Becky Adelberg, JCC Chicago Parshat Re'eh Editor's Note: Welcome to D'varim HaMakom: The JOFEE Fellows Blog! This is our inaugural post. Most weeks throughout the year, you'll be hearing from the JOFEE Fellows: reflections on their experiences, successful programs they've planned and[...]

360 degrees / change your place

360 degrees / change your place

August 25th, 2016

by Nigel Savage "Shanah,” the Hebrew word for year, has two opposite meanings: change, and repeat. On one hand, we know the coming year will hold the same calendar, the same holiday cycle, and what seems like the same life situations as[...]