[Newsletter] June 28 – It All Began with a Bike Ride

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It All Began with a Bike Ride


Hazon was founded with a cross-country bike ride in 2000…

This summer, the first of 10,000 bikes will land on the streets of New York Citythanks to a new bike share program. It’s as good a time as any for us to go back to basics in relation to Hazon’s work. While it’s true that I’m tremendously proud of our food work, and the role that Hazon has played in creating and supporting the New Jewish Food Movement – for instance, this is the seventh year of our annual Hazon Food Conference, and our CSA program is rolled out in 60 communities across the country – it’s also true that none of this would have been possible without the rides.

Hazon was founded with a cross-country ride in 2000, and this year for the first time in 12 years, we’re again cycling across the country. When I rode across the country in 2000 with 11 other people, it was practically my first time on a bike. It was scary and it was also exhilarating. I’ve steadily ridden more in the years since, and this year was the first year I regularly commuted to work – even through the winter. It’s both good for me and good for the world.


… and in 2012 we’re doing it again (this time in full color!)

One of the best things you can do for yourself and the world is get on your bike this summer. If you’ve been thinking of going on a Hazon bike ride, now is a great time do it. It’s not too late to sign up for the Hazon New York RideIsrael Ride, or a segment of the Hazon Cross-USA Ride. You’ll be really supported-not just with rest steps and mechanics, but with a great community cheering you on-and we think you’ll have a great time.

And – if you’re not already, become a member of Transportation Alternatives, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, or your local bicycle advocacy group. They do important work, and our work wouldn’t be possible without them.

Shabbat Shalom,


Nigel Savage
Executive Director, Hazon

Ride Prices Increase July 1st

Prices increase for the Israel RideNew York Ride, and Cross-USA Ride on Sunday, July 1st!

Register Today

Cross-USA Ride Week 3
From Helena to Miles City

This week, the ride began in Helena, MT and ends in Miles City, spending Shabbat at Grace Bible Church. See the itinerary.

Next week, riders travel to Aberdeen, SD. They’ll celebrate July 4th with fireworks in Mobridge, SD and may visit a rodeo . See the itinerary.

Highlights, live from the road:

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Jon triumphantly approaches Bozeman Howard meets Howard, a disabled Vietnam veteran who lives on his bike Serene and Richard
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On the road Local, sustainable food systems in Three Forks, MT Team B’ozeman joins for a century ride

See more photos and video from the ride as it happens.


Day 19 of 68
13 Riders and 3 Staff currently on the road.
$80,850 Raised to Date

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Join the Ride for a Segment

It’s not too late to sign up for parts of the ride!

5 weeks: Twin Cities to Washington DC • 2 weeks: Twin Cities to Chicago • 2 weeks: Chicago to Pittsburgh • 3 weeks: Chicago to Washington DC • 1 week: Pittsburgh to Washington DC

Register for a Segment

Reflections from Siach: Conversations on the Kinneret

[Image]Last weekend, 120 social and environmental justice leaders from Jewish communities around the world came together to build connections, cooperation, and conversation at Siach: An Environment and Social Justice Conversation. Held at Ohalo Manor on the Kinneret in Northern Israel, participants were able to build relationships and discuss issues that bind our work together across borders.

Following the conference one of the Israeli participants said:

“Siach is an excellent opportunity to hear, to listen, to meet, to think, to learn, and to change… I’m very grateful for the many opportunities that Siach gave me: to learn from and about organizations that are making real, significant change; to meet people who hold a completely opposite worldview and yet are so similar in their commitment to make a difference in the world; to think critically and reflectively about our everyday work; to hear about so many challenges, differences of opinions and disagreements, and all the while to continue to think positively about our work because of the belief that there is so much more to do that can be done together.”
(translated from Hebrew)

Learn More about Siach

Learn about the 2012 Israel Ride and Team JNF in Atlanta

Israel Ride: The Ultimate Cycling Adventure in Israel

[Image]Tuesday, July 17th, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMCadence Bikes and Multisport
6014-B Sandy Springs Circle
Sandy Springs, GA

Learn about the Israel Ride from past participants, including Robert Port- an Atlanta lawyer who has completed four rides- and JNF staff members. They will share their experiences on the Israel Ride as well as stories from visiting the Arava Institute.

Discover how the Israel Ride can be your destination vacation this year or next.

Learn More and RSVP

New Jersey Bike Ride with Friends of the Arava Institute

[Image]Sunday, July 8th, 8:30 AM
Ventnor, NJ

On Sunday, July 8th, The Friends of the Arava Institute are sponsoring a Bike Ride starting in Ventnor, NJ. You are invited to join us for the ride. David Lehrer, Executive Director of the Arava Institute, will be joining us for the ride and will provide an update on the activities and accomplishments at the Institute.

Learn More and RSVP

Hazon in Chicago



Riding through Chicago on July 26th-29th

On June 10, eleven Jewish cyclists left Seattle for Washington, DC. They are cycling for sustainable food systems. And on July 26th, they will roll into Chicago…

Come learn and celebrate with the riders in the Hazon Cross-USA Ride!

  • 7/26: Fermentation Frolic at Pushing the Envelope Farm (Geneva)
  • 7/27: “Cycling for Change / Eating for Change” with Nigel Savage at Mishkan Chicago (Lakeview)
  • 7/27: Wine & Cheese with the Cross-USA Riders at Temple Sholom (Lakeview)
  • 7/28: “Shabbat Hazon: Visions of Destruction / Visions of Hope” at Anshe Emet (Lakeview)
  • 7/29: Community Harvest at KAM/Isaiah Israel Garden (Hyde Park)
  • 7/29: FEASTING / FASTING at the Gan Project (William Rogers Park)

Learn More and Join Us

Support Colorado Wildfire Relief

[Image: Waldo Canyon Fire]Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the ongoing wildfires burning throughout Colorado.

Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado has established The Colorado Fire Relief Fund. It will support Jewish and non-Jewish families affected by the fire through financial donations to agencies at the heart of the situation, as well as supporting first responders who are combating the fires. 100% of this money will go to recovery, fire victims, fire fighters, and the Jewish communities affected.

Visit www.jewishcolorado.org as the resource for information and referral. On the site are forms for people who want to offer help, for people who need help, and for people to donate.

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Announcing the Winners of The Jewish Lens Shavuot 2012/5772 Photography Contest

[Image]Between May 14th, 2012 and June 11th, 2012, we invited students to take photographs of people doing good deeds or scenes that inspire people to make a change. Then, couple these photos with a Jewish text and their commentary that explains the idea they are sharing.

Congratulations to each of the students for submitting incredible photographs and commentary for our Making a Difference contest!

See the Winning Photos

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