[Newsletter] September 7 – A Labor Day to Bike Home About

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A Labor Day to Bike Home About

For the first time since 2007, we enjoyed a relaxing Shabbat weekend and two-day bike ride at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Over 200 people came together to create a beautiful community of cyclists, crew, family, and friends. Together so far we have raised $170,000 in support of healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.

Our annual Labor Day weekend bike ride, and the longest running Hazon event, began with a vibrant Shabbat, bringing people of all backgrounds together. The first day of riding took cyclists through the Connecticut and Massachusetts Berkshires. The second day of riding followed the classic Hazon route down the Westchester trail. Riders were welcomed to Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) by Chancellor Arnie Eisen who spoke eloquently about the commitment of Hazonniks to Jewish Values, specifically to Tikkun Olam and connecting with the natural world.

[yellow_message] It’s not too late to ride with Hazon in 2012! There are still spaces available at the  2012 Israel ride, October 30th-November 6th. Register today![/yellow_message]

Photos and Moments

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Support the Ride

It’s not too late to donate to a rider or make a general donation to help us reach our goal of raising $250,000!

Thank You

There are so many people to thank for helping to make this Ride happen. Thank you to the riders for biking and fundraising. Thank you to crew for helping our riders cycle safely and healthfully. Thank you to all of the donors who supported those riders, and supported Hazon’s work to create healthier and more sustainable communities. Thank you to the sponsors for delicious food and support. Thank you to the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center for hosting the event. And lastly, thank you to the Hazon Staff, on the road and on the ground, and the Hazon Board.

Return to Isabella Freedman for Hanukkah

[Image]Come to Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center for the Hazon Food Conference –light in the darkness! Good food, jelly donuts from around the world, and more.

The Food Conference will take place over Shabbat Hanukkah, December 6th-9th. Space is extremely limited, and we will sell out. Register today!

Learn More | Register Today

Labor Day Ponderings

This article was originally posted on The Jew and the Carrot


Photo courtesy From Kosher Revolution by Geila Hocherman and Arthur Boehm (Kyle Books; 2011)

By Liz Rueven

Labor Day approaches predictably every year, on the first Monday in September. When it was declared a federal holiday in Connecticut in 1894, thirty states were already celebrating, many with street parades and festivals for workers and their families. The idea resonated for the American people then and it continues to resonate now.

While the picnic traditions and celebratory gatherings have been with Americans from the beginning, backyard BBQ’s and the social ban on wearing white after Labor Day weekend evolved later. Of greater importance is taking a moment to pause and reflect on the truer meaning of Labor Day. Personally, I’ll take the opportunity to reflect on the power of advocates of fair trade, conditions and wages.

Continue Reading “Labor Day Ponderings…”

Liz Rueven blogs about her culinary adventures as she navigates around a non-kosher landscape. She features accommodating, memorable and mostly farm to table restaurants, inspiring events and recipes on her blog, Kosher Like Me. Find her at www.kosherlikeme.com.

Bike Israel from Top to Bottom

The Arava Institute Hazon Israel Ride
October 30 – November 6, 2012

[Image]Israel is beautiful this time of year and there’s no better way to see it than by bike. We have routes for all levels of riders that are fully supported with rest stops, mechanics, and lead riders.

We offer the best overnights, food, and support of any of the Israel bike tours!

Learn More | Join the Ride

Healthy and Sustainable Rosh Hashanah Resources

[Image]Rosh Hashanah is the perfect time to open up to new possibilities and be grateful for everything you have. It’s a time to let the blasts of the shofar awaken you to the world around you. And more than anything, Rosh Hashanah offers the opportunity fortshuva (returning/repentance) – to return to our best, most full versions of ourselves. As we turn inward, we have the chance to ask, “what impact do our actions have on our friends and family, our communities, and on the earth?”

In celebration of this time of turning and returning, Hazon created a list of healthy, sustainable resources that will help you welcome Rosh Hashanah with mindfulness, sustainability, and joy.

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Welcome to New Hazon Staff

We’re so happy to welcome three new staff members to the Hazon team!

[Image]Julia Gazdag, Hazon Communications Associate, was raised in Budapest, Hungary and then later California. She graduated from the New School’s Eugene Lang College and has traveled and lived across the U.S., working in television, theater and film. More recently she has worked as a blogger and photographer, capturing several Hazon bike rides as well as her season as an Adamah fellow. Learn more about Julia.


[Image]Allison Rosen is Hazon’s Food Justice Fellow. Originally from Virginia, Alli came to the Bay Area after completing two years in AmeriCorps National Direct in Chicago where she ran a community resource center serving low-income families. Her perspective on food justice has been shaped by her degree in Social Work, background in social justice, and experience with direct service in food insecure communities.Learn more about Allison.

[Image]Adam Kotin’s background is in sustainable agriculture and environmental studies, with a focus on climate change and development issues. Before joining Hazon, Adam worked as a Consultant and Research Analyst for the United Nations Development Program. He also gained experience working for multiple and diverse Bay Area environmental non-profits in both research and communications roles. Learn more about Adam.

Meet the Rest of the Team

Honor Your Loved Ones with a Tribute Gift

This Rosh Hashanah, consider making a tax-deductible donation to Hazon in honor of those in your life who care about creating healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.

We’ll send a card to your loved one in their honor on the occasion of a special event. Simply fill out the “honoree details” at the bottom of thedonation form.

Support Hazon and Honor Someone Today

Living the Seasons:
Jewish Families in Nature



Developed for families of all Jewish backgrounds and experiences with children ages 5-13, this new series allows families to connect to each other, the Denver Jewish community, and nature, through Jewish tradition and values. All families will receive a copy of Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology on the Trail, by Matt Biers-Ariel, Deborah Newbrun, and Michal Fox Smart, which will be used as a guide for this series.

This four-part series begins September 23rd.

  • Part 1, September 23rd – Fall Harvest
  • Part 2, January 26th – Winter: Tu B’Shvat Havdallah
  • Part 3, May 5th – Spring: Garden Experience
  • Part 4, August 9th-August 11th – Summer: Family Camp

Learn More and Register Today

How Sweet it Is: Four-Part Series

Rosh Hashanah Program Series to Celebrate and Educate about Bees and Honey

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) is approaching. Staff at Ekar Farmhas collaborated with Mizel Museum and Hazon in Colorado to provide a month-long series of programs to celebrate and educate the community about the importance of bees, beekeeping and the pleasures of honey. Highlights include a Beekeeping and Honey Panel, Beehive Build, Family Movie Night and Rabbinic Panel.

Part I: Salon Night: Bees and Honey 101

Coloradan and former Israeli bee keeper Norm Klapper will school us in the art and science of beekeeping, and Hazon in Colorado in the nuturitional, environmental, and purely pleasurable benefits of honey (and the bees that make it!). The evening will conclude with a honey tasting, courtsey of Ekar.

Thursday September 6th 5:30-7:30 PM Mizel Museum. $12 Members/$16 non-members

Upcoming Sessions: Community Hive Build, The Bee Movie: Family Film Screening, L’Daber al D’vash: A Talk on Honey

Learn More | Register Today

Sukkah Bike Hop in Boulder County

Sunday, October 7, 2012



Shift gears, shake the Lulav, and share good food with friends! Pick from one of three routes and join us for a Fall ride through beautiful Boulder County. Advanced registration through Wednesday, October 3rd.

Hosted by Chabad of NW Metro Denver and Hazon

Learn More and Register Today

Food Conference Scholarships for Denver and Boulder Residents

[Image]Hazon is pleased to offer Food Conference scholarships for people from the Denver and Boulder areas. We are seeking a diverse group of applicants of all ages and religious backgrounds who are eager to capture the energy and knowledge from the conference and bring it back to catalyze and strengthen local initiatives. This scholarship fund is made possible through the generous support of Rose Community Foundation, Oreg Foundation, and 18 Pomegranates. Application deadline is midnight, October 2nd.

Learn More and Apply

High Holidays at Isabella Freedman

Home of many Hazon New York Rides and Food Conferences, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, in Falls Village, CT, is a 400-acre sanctuary in the Berkshires where Jews of varied beliefs and backgrounds make pilgrimages and leave transformed in remarkably personal ways.

Apples & Honey Rosh Hashanah Retreat

September 16th – 19th

[Image]Welcome the sweetness of the New Year with apples from local orchards and honey from the bees that live, thrive, and hive on our land. This Rosh Hashanah, treat yourself to the transformative experience of welcoming in the new year with lively prayer services (your choice of a Traditional Mechitzah Minyan or Experiential Egalitarian Prayer Service), immersion in a relaxing wooded venue, community celebration, and fabulous farm-to-table feasting. Childrens programming, engaging lectures and discussions, yoga, meditation, and hikes all included.

Join for Yom Kippur and Sukkot:

100% Yom Kippur – September 25th – 27th
Sukkahfest! – September 30th – October 3rd

Learn More

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