In This Email
- The Jewish Student’s Guide to Sustainable Living
- Ride for 1, 2, or 3-Week Segments of the 2012 Cross-USA Ride
- Healthy, Sustainable Hanukkah Resources
- 2012 California Ride & Retreat: Sonoma County to San Francisco
- Community-Supported Agriculture: Transforming Your Jewish Community
- Sign on to the NYC Food and Farm Bill Principles
- Siach: An Environment and Social Justice Conversation
- Local Events and Features from our Partners and Friends
By Alyssa Berkowitz
As a Jewish college student living in New York City, I am frequently challenged to make eating and living sustainably work on a very tight budget. I’ve found that there are some ways I can spend less money and skimp, and there are certain areas where splurging is definitely worth the extra cost. I try to follow some key guidelines â€” listed below â€” when buying both food and household products. Whether you’re a college student, or just want to save a few extra bucks, these tips are useful in integrating sustainably minded changes into your daily routine.
Alyssa Berkowitz is a senior in the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary and is the Food Development Intern at Hazon.
A View from the Seat Part 2: More Helmet-Cam
Israel Rider Elahn Zetlin has shared four more great videos highlighting each day of his trip, cycling from Jerusalem to Eilat (we’ve also got the first two). The weather is beautiful, the scenery is fantastic, and you can’t beat the footage taken from a camera strapped to his helmet! We’ll let Elahn do the rest of the talking.
3 Days, 2 Wheels, 1 Community
May 10-13, 2012
Sonoma County to San Francisco
Prices increase December 15th. Register today!
“Riding my bike from Sonoma County, home to my apartment in San Francisco was incredible. And being able to share the experience with my friends and family in such a well supported community was even better!”
2011 California Ride Participant
- Experience a varied and diverse Jewish community of all ages, backgrounds, Jewish observance and practice
- Ride from Sonoma County to San Francisco
- Eat locally-sourced organic produce and consciously-prepared kosher food
3-Week Segments Now Open
June 7, 2012 – August 16, 2012
Seattle, WA to Washington, DC
Registration for segments of the Cross-USA Ride is now open! We’re offering options for traveling for one, two, and three weeks of the trip. The full Ride is scheduled for June 7 through August 16, 2012.
Grab Life by the Handlebars!
- 72 days, 3600 miles, 70 miles per day
- Transportation of gear and luggage
- Meals included
- Teaching, learning, and service opportunities
Hanukkah celebrates the temple rededication of the Jerusalem Temple following its defilement by Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. Since then, Hanukkah has become known as the Festival of Lights, due to the one day supply of oil lasting a miraculous eight days, and is known for the traditional lighting of the hannukiah. In addition, it is customary to feast upon fried foods and foods made with oil. Since Hanukkah celebrates the idea of preserving resources, Hazon offers some Healthy, Sustainable Hanukkah Resources as suggestions for your Hanukkah celebrations!
A Special Webinar Hosted by Hazon and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Wednesday, December 7th, 4 PM
Are you interested in bringing fresh, local, organic produce to your synagogue every week?
Join Hazon and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to learn how to set up a Community-Supported Agriculture program (CSA), an innovative partnership between your synagogue and a local farm.
In this interactive session, we’ll discuss:
- How CSAs embody Jewish values
- How a CSA can transform social justice programming, get new members involved, and energize your congregational community
- How to start a CSA in your own congregation
Additional Reading: Transforming Our Community: Reflections on Temple Isaiah’s CSA on the Hazon Blog
Hazon has joined more than 100 other food-active organizations, writers, educators, and chefs in declaring why New York City cares about the Food and Farm Bill and signing on to the NYC Food and Farm Bill Principles.
These important documents have been sent to key legislators on the Congressional Deficit Reduction “Super” Committee and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. The NYC Food and Farm Bill Principles advocate a healthy food system, from farm to eater. Now, the NYC Food and Farm Bill Working Group has invited us to help them get thousands of food-active individuals to weigh in on protecting the food safety net and ending hunger, creating a health-focused food system, protecting our agricultural land and water resources, helping small and medium-scale farms operated by both established and beginning farmers, and building vibrant, regional farm and food economies.
The unprecedented pace of the creation of the next Food and Farm Bill, driven by the “Super” Committee process, makes it important for us all to act now. Your voice counts!
The NYC Food and Farm Bill Working Group will see to it that your voice, and the voices of many, many others, will be heard in Washington.
Thank you for considering this request. If you are in a position to sign on as an organization, please e-mail email@example.com.
Applications for 2nd Annual Conference Now Open
WHAT: A unique opportunity to meet, share and collaborate with fellow social justice and environment activists from across the Jewish world. Siach, an Environment and Social Justice Conversation, brings together committed activists from across Israel, North America, and Europe. Supported by the UJA Federation of New York, with anchors in the US, Israel and Great Britain, and scores of member organizations, Siach is deepening the nuanced understanding of Jewish Peoplehood and Israel engagement with those for whom the pursuit of social and environmental justice is one of the defining characteristics of their identity.
WHERE: The second annual Siach conference will take place in Ohalo Manor Hotel, on the Kinneret in Israel.
WHEN: June 15-18, 2012
WHO: We are looking for individuals who are doers, networkers, out-of-the-box thinkers and visionaries with the desire to share our vision of creating a global network of collaboration in the areas of environment and social justice.
HOW: More information and application. Applications are due January 10, 2012.
Urban Adamah Now Accepting 2012 Applications
Three Months that Will Change the Rest Your Life!
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 also currently hiring a Farm Manager.
Shine: Wilderness Torah’s First Annual Celebration of Light & Giving
A program of Hazon’s friends
Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 6:30-10:00 PM
The David Brower Center Gallery
2150 Allston Way (between Shattuck Ave. and Oxford St.)
Join Wilderness Torah for Shine: Wilderness Torah’s First Annual Celebration of Light and Giving on Tuesday, December 13th at the David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley. Enjoy live music with Eliyahu Sills and friends, a delicious, local, organic dinner, latke bar, olive oil tastings paired with Hagafen wine, and of course, chocolate gelt. Connect with friends, new and old, and help support Wilderness Torah’s work to reconnect Judaism to the cycles of nature and the cycles of our lives.
Festival of Lights
at the Osher Marin JCC
Co-sponsored by Hazon
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N. San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, CA
Join as the Osher Marin JCCC celebrates Hanukkah at the Festival of Lights on Sunday, December 11th from 12-3 PM with over a dozen other Jewish organizations! The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, family events, delicious catered holiday treats, a local artisan marketplace, the Hazon bike blender, and much more.
2nd Annual Fair Trade Judaica Fair
Where shopping is a mitzvah!
A community event
Sunday, December 4, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
JCC San Francisco
3200 California Street (at Presidio)
This is a great opportunity to buy quality products made by fair trade artisans, such as:
Jewish Soul Food Hanukkah
Co-sponsored by Hazon