What does “access” mean to you?

Dear Friends,

One of the most powerful transformative experiences is helping others. Last year, with the help of our supporters, Hazon proudly gave over $200,000 in scholarships and subsidies for people to attend our programs – whether twenty-somethings participating in the Adamah farming fellowship; families participating in Jewish holiday retreats; or senior adults seeking two weeks of respite at Camp Isabella Freedman. With increased interest in our programs and a still struggling economy, we are getting more and more requests for help, and your support is needed now more than ever.

As a response to the growing need, we are launching our Access Fund. We are calling this an access fund and not a scholarship fund because we deeply believe that people should have access to our programs, whatever their financial situation. And we’ve lived this value over many years with the support of generous donors like you who understand that part of creating a healthier and more sustainable world is ensuring that the resources we have to offer should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Listen to the words of some of our participants:

Thank you SO much for allowing our family of five to attend the Hazon Food Conference of 2013. It was an amazing opportunity for all of us (even our 3 kids, ages 6, 8, and 10) to feel connected to a broader Jewish community), be inspired by the great work happening in food justice/sustainability, and planting the seed to push us further into our own actions to take in the new year! We wouldn’t have been able to do it without your help. Thank you!!!!
—Food Conference participants from Colorado
It totally brought me back into the fold, as it were… I had some bad experiences over the past ten years which caused me to feel alienated in the Jewish community… this event brought me back and then some…
—Blues for Challah retreat participant
The world needs more Isabella Freedman. The chance to reflect, connect, and revel in the wonder and unity that are the building blocks of a spiritual path are laid out like a Shabbat feast at this blessed retreat.
—Davennology participant from Toronto, Canada

Right now in the Jewish calendar, we’re counting the Omer – literally counting up from the second night of Passover to Shavuot. Counting the Omer gives us a daily opportunity to personally reflect on ourselves and our actions. And as we count up – saying today is the 5th day or 27th day or 33rd day – the movement of counting up allows us to increase our role around those things we care most about. We urge you, in this time of counting, to take an action today – click here to make a contribution whether $36, $100, $360, $1,000, or more to provide access to Hazon’s programs. Your generosity can truly change someone’s life.
Wishing you a joyous and meaningful Shavuot.

Thank you,
David Weisberg
Chief Executive Officer

PS: We have requests of over $20,000 right now to subsidize potential participants at our programs. Your gift today will make a big difference.

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