[Newsletters] January 11 – The Conversation Continues

The Conversation Continues


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Join environmental and social justice activists at Ohalo Manor on the Kinneret in Israel

Applications open for 2nd Annual Siach Conference

Siach, an Environment and Social Justice Conversation, brings together committed activists from across Israel, North America, and Europe.

Apply now for this year’s conference this July at Ohalo Manor on the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in Israel, June 15-18, 2012.

Flight and registration subsidies are available.

We’ve already seen the impact from last year’s conference around the world, as partnerships have been forged between great organizations. The René Cassin Fellows Program was founded by representatives of René Cassin and Clal. René Cassin is a human rights NGO that uses the experience of the Jewish people, and positive Jewish values, to campaign and educate on universal human rights issues such as discrimination, detention, and genocide. Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, is a leadership training institute, think tank, and resource center.

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 time to meet, get to know each other, sit down, and start seriously discussing ideas for trans-Atlantic collaboration. The idea for the René Cassin Fellows Program (RCFP) was born out of that conversation.

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Cross-USA Ride Spotlight:

Minneapolis, MN to Washington, DC

July 13th — August 16th

The Cross-USA Ride is just four months away. Can’t do the full 10 weeks? Meet the Cross-USA riders halfway through their journey and ride with them to the finish line.

On your five-week ride, you will:

  • Travel the the Sparta Trail, the Bugline Trail, the Glacial Drumlin Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage: four stunning car-free bike paths
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    Heirloom Tomatoes from Pushing the Envelope Farm. We’ll be riding through at peak harvest time!

  • Meet goats and chickens and harvest tomatoes at Pushing the Envelope Farm in Geneva, IL at tomato harvest time
  • Visit Falling Waters, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous home, in Ohiopyle, OH
  • Ride a victory loop down the Mall in Washington, DC to finish your ride!

More Information | Shorter Segments Available

Hazon ride info night — January 23, 2012, New York City — join us!

3600 Miles from Seattle, WA to Washington, DCGrab Life By the Handlebars!

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Hazon Ride Info Night

[Image: Photo Alt]New Routes, New Rides!

If you’ve been thinking about doing a Hazon ride, 2012 is the year! Come learn about our rides in California, New York, Israel, and all across America. Ride alumni are welcome!

Monday, January 23rd,
7 PM – 10 PM

Stone Creek Bar & Lounge

140 East 27th St, New York, NY

Kosher snacks provided, cash bar available.

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Tu B’Shvat Resources

Tu B’Shvat begins Sundown on February 7, 2012

[Image: Bicycle Menorah]Tu B’Shvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט) is a minor Jewish holiday in the Hebrew month of Shvat, usually sometime in late January or early February, that marks the “New Year of the Trees” (Hebrew: ראש  ×”שנה   לאילנות, Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot‎). Tu B’Shvat is one of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah. Customs include planting trees and eating dried fruits and nuts, especially figs, dates, raisins, carob, and almonds. In Israel, the flowering of the almond tree, which grows wild around the country, coincides with Tu B’shvat.

Download Hazon’s Tu B’Shvat Haggadah, Seder Leader’s Guide, Family Seder, and more!


  • Taste of Hazon,” a multi-course feast in the spirit of Tu B’Shvat, prepared by Chef Michael Solomonov, Tuesday, February 7th, in Philadelphia. Learn more.
  • Pinot and Pomegranate: The Best Tu B’Shvat Party in NYC, Wednesday February 8th in Brooklyn. Learn More.
  • Tu B’Shvat Seder at Urban Adamah, Tuesday, February 7th in Berkeley. Learn more.



Local Events and Features

from our Partners and Friends

Urban Adamah Now Accepting 2012 Applications

Three Months that Will Change the Rest Your Life!

My devotion to the cause of environmental justice and food justice has increased exponentially. While I was fairly educated on some of these maters, physically doing work in the land concretized these ideas for me.

Aviva, Summer 2011 Fellow

[IMG Photo Alt]Join other passionate young adults in their 20s for a three month residential, leadership-training program in Berkeley, CA that integrates

  • Urban organic farming
  • Social justice work
  • Progressive Jewish living and learning

Urban Adamah is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2012 Spring and Summer Fellowships!

What’s growing this summer? YOU ARE!

Urban Adamah is a program of Hazon’s friends

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Tu B’shvat Adult Seder at Urban Adamah

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, 7:00 — 9:15 PM

Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St, Berkeley, CA

Early Bird Ticket Cost $18 through Thursday, January 19th

$20 per person,
$25 at the door, plus a can of food for the food bank

Adults Only,
Includes a local, organic, vegetarian dinner

The Jewish mystics loved this holiday, the day in midwinter when the sap begins to rise in the trees. On this day, the bodily sefirot (basically, the Jewish chakras — or for chemistry fans, the periodic table of spiritual elements) would open, allowing Divine light to energize and renew our connection to our bodies and the earth. How exactly did this happen?

It was all about a mysterious combination of fruit, wine and chocolate. OK, they didn’t have chocolate. But we will.

Join Hazon and Urban Adamah on the farm for an evening of Tu B’shvat exploration as we bring ancient rituals to life through story, song, blessing, and great local food.

More Information | Registration

Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

[Image: Photo Alt]An Exclusive Discounted Offer

February 16 through May 28, 2012

Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, is a provocative and thoughtful two-part exhibition that explores the subject of the tree in both contemporary art and in Jewish tradition, offering fresh perspectives on our connection to the natural world.

The CJM is pleased to extend an exclusive two-for-one Museum admission offer. When you purchase one Museum admission at full price, you receive a second for free. Ticket prices are: $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and senior citizens with a valid ID, and $5 on Thursdays after 5 PM. Youth 18 and under are always free. Mention “Hazon” when purchasing your Museum admission in the CJM’s Grand Lobby.

The Museum is located at 736 Mission Street (between 3rd & 4th streets), in San Francisco, and is open daily (except Wednesday) 11 AM – 5 PM; Thursday, 1 PM – 8 PM. For general information, visit www.thecjm.org or call 415-655-7800.

Alon Tal: A New Green Agenda for Israel

Lunch and learn with Israel’s leading environmentalist, and a founder and co-chair of Israel’s new green party

[Image: Photo Alt]Thursday, January 19, 2012, 12:30 PM — 1:45 PM

Hazon San Francisco Office

332 Pine St, Suite 600 (6th Floor)

FREE, Local organic lunch will be served

The acute deterioration in Israel’s environmental conditions is only part of the social agenda which brought one million Israelis to demonstrations this summer. Are we seeing a change in the Israeli political map and the public’s ecological awareness? What policies are needed to address the steady damage to Israel’s open spaces, biodiversity loss, the disappearing Dead Sea and myriad public health insults? Alon Tal, recognized by the Haaretz newspaper as Israel’s leading environmentalist, and a founder and co-chair of Israel’s new green party will present a new “green” agenda for Zionism and consider scenarios for progress in Israel.

There are 40 spaces for this event. Please contact Deborah Newbrun at deborah.newbrun@hazon.org to secure your space.

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