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Colorado

We work with local leaders and organizations to seed and support Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming and Environmental Education (JOFEE) programs.  In order to make that work happen we:

  • offer $25k per year in mini-grants to support JOFEE programs
  • offer scholarships to attend national Hazon programs
  • provide consulting to help bring JOFEE into organizations through programs like the Hazon Seal and our educational resources
  • foster connections between Colorado and the growing Jewish environmental community throughout the country
  • and host the annual Colorado Jewish Food Fest
 

I am excited, as a member of this community, to be one piece of this movement”
—2013 Colorado JOFEE participant
 
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Get Involved

Join or start a CSA, lead or join a local Hazon bike ride, be part of a Colorado cohort at the national Hazon Food Conference, apply for a grant, or make a donation. Join our email list, or email us to volunteer.

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Staff

Becky O'Brien   Director, Boulder

Becky O’Brien is Hazon’s Director for Boulder, Colorado. She has worked for a variety of social justice causes in the nonprofit sector for more than 18 years. She has a background in volunteer coordinating, programming, political advocacy, fundraising, communications, and non-profit administration. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, graduating summa cum laude from both. She enjoys her family, hiking and camping in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, gardening, knitting, and applying the principles of Voluntary Simplicity to her life.

Boulder, CO | 303.886.5865 | becky.o'brien@hazon.org
Sue Salinger   Director, Denver Region

Sue Salinger creates the direction of and manages Hazon’s program in Denver. She leads Ekar Farm and brings Hazon’s strength in Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education to Ekar’s goal of addressing the root causes of hunger through sustainable ag-based initiatives. She partners to build capacity within existing Jewish institutions in JOFEE, and creates new programs and experiences that bring people together across difference around health and sustainability. Sue was most recently Managing Director for the startup of Hazon in Detroit. Sue was the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park, Michigan, and Director of Education at Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University, an MA in Communications and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. While at Naropa, Sue was a teaching assistant to Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, zt”l. She’s a Master Gardener.

Denver, CO | 720.434.0470 | sue.salinger@hazon.org
 

Colorado Advisory Board

Lauren Beno
Cece Bloomfield
Josh Dinar
Bryan Goldstein
Paul Gillis
Sandra Guidicelli
Noah Herreid
Susan Kodish
Brett Robbins
Caron Robinson
Kira Rukin
Shari Blake Schnee
Julie Shaffer
Rabbi Marc Soloway
Helaine Unger
Michele Weingarden

 

Click here to read Colorado Advisory Board bios

Lauren Beno

Originally from New Jersey, Lauren moved to Boulder in 2006 to attend CU and has yet to leave. Loving all that Colorado has to offer, she loves hiking, snowboarding, and hanging outside with her puppy and friends. Lauren has worked in the natural and organic food industry as a marketing and communications professional. Her love for food and sustainability began while in college when she started working on organic farms. After attending an inspiring Hazon Food Conference in Monterey, CA, she knew she wanted to continue spreading the message of health and wellness. She is extremely honored and excited to be part of the Hazon’s Colorado Advisory Board.

Boulder, CO
Cece Bloomfield

Cece Bloomfield moved with her husband, Tom, and their kids, Abby and Sol, to Boulder in 2003, lured by the great outdoors, terrific schools, and friends in the local Jewish community. Grateful for the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom and to volunteer in her community, Cece kept herself busy with kids’ activities and passion projects. After attending the first Hazon Jewish food festival in Boulder, Cece was recruited by Rabbi Bronstein to help Congregation Har HaShem set up its composting program. That conference also sparked Cece’s interest in meat by-products, animal welfare, and agriculture’s impact on the environment. Cece’s “aha moment” came while organizing a Tu b’Shvat teaching session on soil and the role animals play in soil carbon sequestration. Cece is Co-Founder of Farm Leather, a sourcing and marketing company for traceable, ethical, sustainable leather.

Boulder, CO
Josh Dinar

Josh Dinar is the co-founder of Pearl Publishing Media Group, which publishes, among other things, DiningOut Magazine, a national network of dining publications and the DiningOut Passbook series. DiningOut Events produces large scale festivals including Top Taco in Denver and New Orleans, Chicken Fight, and the Velorama Food Park. He has authored a pictorial history of Denver, entitled Denver Then & Now and co-authored the book, The Conscious Cleanse: Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days. He is also an owner of both River and Woods and T/ACO restaurants in Boulder and a forthcoming concept in Golden. Josh is on the board of Lighthouse Writers and the Boulder Food Film Festival. He is the vice president of the Board of the Boulder JCC, and sits on the Jewish Life Committee and the Board of Trustees at Rose Community Foundation and is an alum of the Wexner Heritage Program. And, Josh is a founding member of Hazon’s Colorado Advisory Board.

Boulder, CO
Paul Gillis
Denver, Colorado
Bryan Goldstein

Bryan Goldstein has been active in the Denver music scene for the past 10 years, and upon last year’s graduation from the CU Denver Music Business program (upright bass), he set out to be a farmer and Shepard of the earth. “They kept asking me how I am going to eat, being a musician and all” which is the question that we as a society continually have to face. As a current Moishe House Boulder resident, Bryan brings food consciousness, community gardening, and sustainable solutions to the young “professional” Jewish community in Boulder and abroad. While Bryan is still active on the music scene with Hadgaba, a Balkan-style Klezmer band, the honey comes from his employment at Highland Honey where he processes raw, local, real honey to share powerful food and healing herbal blends with the people. Bryan also works at a glass blowing studio teaching classes and creating hand blown custom works, including a series called “Sukkot,” which was all sorts of realistic veggies and “Yadim” consisting of hand washing cups. Through working with various Hazon mini-grant projects and larger Hazon programs, Bryan has been inspired by the mission and is excited to be part of the team.

Denver, CO
Sandra Guidicelli

Sandra Guidicelli was first introduced to Hazon in 2015 when she attended the Hazon Food Conference, which she again attended in 2018. There, she was inspired by other women to pay more attention to food and the environment. She completed a 9-month Permaculture Design Course, which taught her to bring sustainability thinking into her home. She is currently a Bilingual Transitional Housing and Property Manager for a non-profit working with 20 families. She is an active member of Congregation Har HaShem and a life member of the Boulder chapter of Hadassah.

Boulder, CO
Noah Herreid
Noah Herreid grew up in Boulder and has been active in the Jewish community from a young age. After graduation from the University of Colorado – Boulder, Noah began working at CU Boulder Hillel and is currently the Program Director. Working towards living a more sustainable lifestyle is a driving value in Noah’s life and he has spearheaded initiatives at Hillel to implement sustainability at an institutional level. After discovering Hazon, Noah felt a natural fit with its work and sought out more ways to be involved, including attending the 2018 Hazon Food Conference. Noah lives in Lafayette with his girlfriend and their dog and cat and enjoys spending time with his family, many of whom also live in the area. Noah looks forward to diving in deep with Hazon and contributing to the health of this community and our planet as a whole!
Boulder, CO
Susan Kodish

Susan Kodish moved to Boulder from Youngstown, Ohio in 1982 to go to the University of Colorado. Susan and her husband, Jeff, and their daughters, Lucy and Molly, share a love of the outdoors and being in the mountains. They are members of Congregation Har HaShem. Susan has worked as the Coordinator of Volunteers for Eco-cycle and as a Paralegal for The Nature Conservancy. Since 2011 she has worked for African Market Baskets. Her work provided her with the opportunity to visit Ghana, meet many weavers and their families and better understand the connection between weaving, food and community. She served on the District Attorney’s Victim Compensation Board, helping distribute court ordered funds to victims of crime. She also volunteered with Jewish Family Services for four years. She has been a member of the Red Wagon Organic Farm Tuv Ha’aretz CSA for several years. She is excited about combining her interests in sustainable food production and the environment with her inherent Judaism to contribute to Hazon.

Boulder, CO
Brett Robbins

Brett Robbins is passionate about Judaism and the environment. Since graduating from the University of Vermont with a major in Resource Ecology and studying abroad in the rain forest of Australia, he’s become an accomplished entrepreneur with 15 years combined experience in finance, real estate and environmental business sectors. His passion for helping people and the environment has resulted in environmental leadership through professional and personal ventures including solar finance consulting, organizing local community programming as a Board Member for the San Diego Jewish Federation, and being chosen to represent the environmental track in ROI 120; a global Jewish leadership conference in Jerusalem. He’s extremely excited and honored to be part of the Colorado Advisory Board, an opportunity that truly brings his two passions of Judaism and the environment together!

Boulder, CO
Caron Robinson

Caron and her husband moved to Boulder from Dallas in 2017. Caron taught at Akiba Academy, a Jewish day school, for ten years. During her time as a middle school math teacher, she created a Chesed program in the middle school, infusing Jewish values while cooking with the students to serve residents in local shelters. Since moving to Boulder, Caron has continued to be a CASA advocate, volunteers at the amazing Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC, cooks and serves breakfast weekly at the Boulder Homeless Shelter, and is the Chesed Committee Chair at her wonderful synagogue, Bonai Shalom. Caron is an avid cook (vegetarian) and loves the ability to be so connected to local produce and seasonal eating in beautiful Boulder. She is excited to be part of the mission of Hazon.

Boulder, CO
Kira Rukin

Kira Rukin grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, a small town northwest of Boston. As a young girl of 13, on a business trip with her father, she became curious about food scarcity after seeing a homeless person living on the streets of Washington, D.C. With a degree in Hotel and Food Management from Boston University and a Garden Design degree from London, England, Kira combines her passion for food and the earth by teaching vegan cooking workshops in her home and designing whimsical gardens for clients. She relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 2016 after selling all of their belongings and taking a year-long journey with her children around the U.S., living in a 30’ Airstream. She looks to Judaism to inform some of her life decisions, but enjoys a secular life where hiking, cycling, baking, and exploring create a very rich life!

Boulder, CO
Shari Blake Schnee

Shari Blake Schnee has been involved in the Boulder Jewish Community for almost 20 years and is currently the Specialty Camps Director at the Boulder JCC. Shari first became involved with Hazon through her job, but it immediately became a personal passion after attending a local Hazon Food Festival. It was inspiring for her to see the food and environmental movement through a Jewish lens. Shari and her family are members of Congregation Har HaShem and she is a past member of the Tuv Ha’Aretz CSA Steering Committee. She is a member of the Tuv Ha’Aretz Red Wagon Organic Farm CSA. Shari lives in Louisville with her husband Jonathan and her two teenage children, Jared and Mollie. She is excited to be part of the Advisory Board and to help Hazon create a healthier and more sustainable community in Boulder.

Julie Shaffer

Julie Shaffer is the Executive Director of the Oreg Foundation in Boulder. She has been involved in Colorado’s non-profit world as a professional and lay leader for over 20 years. Julie serves on Hazon’s national Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of Encounter and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Colorado. She serves on several committees of the Boulder JCC where she was the honored for her leadership at their annual gala. Julie was a founding board member of the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation and was honored by them for her dedication and extraordinary work in the Boulder Jewish Community. Julie and her husband, Bruce, raised their three kids in Boulder.

Boulder, CO
Marc Soloway

Rabbi Marc Soloway has served as the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, Colorado since 2004. He has always loved food, perhaps a little too much, and in recent years has thought more deeply about where this food comes from, how it is produced and how all of that fits with deep Jewish obligations and values. Marc has ridden twice in the Hazon-Arava Institute Israel Ride in 2008 and 2010. Marc co-chaired two Hazon Food Conferences on the west coast in 2010 and 2011, he is on the Hazon Steering Team in Colorado as well as the Jewish Life team for the Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit in April 2012. Marc was instrumental in bringing Boulder’s first Jewish CSA through Hazon, which is now a collaboration of five synagogues and the JCC with two weekly drop-off sites. Marc is also a proud member of a Jewish goat and chicken co-op across the street from his synagogue. Marc was very active with the Limmud Conference in the UK, serving as co-chair in 1996 and 1997 and he was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado in 2008, which has informed his work with Hazon. He was in Ghana as part of the second AJWS Rabbinic Delegation, volunteering with a grantee in the south, as well as a fellow of the Rabbis without Borders program with CLAL. Marc is also a graduate of the 5th Rabbinic Cohort of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. Before becoming a rabbi, Marc was an actor, storyteller and massage therapist in his native London and currently is the narrator of a documentary film about the Baal Shem Tov.

Boulder, CO
Helaine Unger

Helaine Unger lives in Boulder with her partner, Jed. Together they have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Helaine enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, biking and traveling. She is a retired early childhood special educator and is always looking for interesting activities to participate in. Her youngest daughter works for Hazon in Detroit and inspired her to join the board in Boulder.

Boulder, CO
Michele Weingarden
Michele Weingarden is a Jewish mom out to make the planet a better place for her children. She has been connected to Hazon for several years, previously serving on the Colorado Advisory Board once before. She is honored to have come in second place for her challah during a Hazon Jewish Food Festival! Michele works for JEWISHcolorado in communications and public affairs. She also works in magazine production, currently serving as managing editor for Real Producers Denver. Michele has been involved in environmental activism for decades, working for CALPIRG, the Sierra Club, Save the San Francisco Bay, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer as statewide environmental advisor, and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Greenprint Denver office. She is newly relocated to the Boulder area with her husband, David, and children, Sabine and Gideon. Returning to the Colorado Advisory Board is a great step back into environmental advocacy!
Boulder, CO
 

Our work is made possible through the generous support of:

Oreg Foundation

Jared Polis Foundation Gift Fund

Rose Community Foundation        

And numerous generous individual donors!

 

Grants

Hazon grants up to $25,000 total to seed, expand and support both new and existing programs that help create a healthier and more sustainable Colorado.

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The purpose of this grant opportunity is to inspire and grow a range of programs and initiatives in the Denver/Boulder area that utilize Jewish food, outdoor, and environmental education. This work in aggregate will strengthen and support the JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education) movement. It will support existing Jewish institutions and leaders, and bring new people into Jewish life, thus renewing Jewish life overall. To qualify, every project must help to create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Colorado Jewish community and individual Jewish lives.

2018-2019 Mini Grant Recipients


BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy at Ramah in the Rockies

This Jewish, nature-based therapy program in the Colorado mountains will be developing organizational policies on nutrition and food that take into consideration ethical and sustainable sourcing, whole-health nutrition that supports mental and physical health, and thoughtfully connect with Jewish and environmental education.


Congregation Beth Evergreen

This Reconstructionist synagogue is diving in deep to their theme of the year, “Judaism, Nature’s Way,” and modeling that environmental sustainability is a core attribute of living Jewishly. They are installing low-flow toilets and motion sensor lights to complement their other ongoing “green” projects.


Congregation Bonai Shalom

Holy and sustainable eating for modern times! This Conservative congregation in Boulder will be hosting a three-class series on kosher cooking and eco-Kashrut, culminating in a multi-generational cooking activity.


CU Boulder Hillel

Hillel and the college students they serve will be helping reduce food and environmental waste by switching to better to-go containers, and improving food served at Shabbat dinners to be higher welfare for the students, animals, and the earth. Sko Buffs!


Denver Academy of Torah

Parents will be teaching their peers about living greener through an education initiative and promotion of green products like reusable paper towels and straws. This will complement similar education their children are receiving at this Modern Orthodox day school.


Ekar Farm

This urban Jewish farm in Denver will be upgrading their infrastructure to include a three-bin wash station that will enable them to expand their capacity to share, donate, and sell their locally-grown organic produce. 


Fresh Eatz ‘N’ Beetz

A dynamic trio of Jewish young adults will be creating a 4-episode pilot of a celebratory Jewish cooking show focusing on home cooking from scratch with local ingredients and minimal waste. Stay tuned to YouTube!


Kavod Senior Life

This Denver senior living community is adding to their Kavod on the Block initiative through a healthy and fresh cooking demo and celebration program as part of the 2019 Denver Days week of events.


OneTable

This national organization that builds community among young adults will host two farm dinners next summer, with Ekar Farm and Milk and Honey Farm at the BJCC. Also, produce from those local Jewish farms will be used all season long by OneTable’s volunteer hosts at their home Shabbat dinners.


Rodef Shalom Conservative Synagogue

In alignment with their ethical values around bal taschit (do not waste) and tikkun olam (heal the world), this Denver congregation is developing a comprehensive composting program to divert waste from landfills, and a complementary educational program for their community.


Wabash Farmette at Denver Jewish Day School

This farm is working to instill love, appreciation, and connection between the smallest of children and the smallest of creatures–bees and other pollinators. They are expanding their farm to grow flowers to engage the school community and provide critical habitat for pollinators.

2017-2018 Mini Grant Recipients


Ahavah Farm, Colorado Springs

This sustainable Jewish farm, located outside Colorado Springs, aims to build Jewish community through food and farming. The grant will enable them to have a winter CSA that delivers to Denver by building an indoor wash station and two hoophouses. This farm also reduces their rates for Jewish families in need of fresh produce.


Boulder Center for Judaism, Boulder

This Chabad house is looking to reduce the number of disposables and styrofoam that they use. The grant will enable them to purchase reusable dishware and significantly cut their waste.


Congregation Har HaShem, Boulder

This Reform synagogue in Boulder is looking to improve their carbon footprint. The grant will go towards efficiency improvements that will reduce energy use and carbon emissions as well as related educational activities to inform the congregation.


Congregation Nevei Kodesh, Boulder

This Renewal synagogue in Boulder is looking to grow their JOFEE programming and encourage people to bike to synagogue. The grant will enable them to install new raised garden beds and install bike racks.


Ekar Farm Denver

Ekar is an urban Jewish farm in Denver looking for underwriting to offset the cost of their JOFEE programs that enable them to reach 20% more new organizations and age groups. This grant will allow them to offer these services at a lower rate.


Yael Greenberg, Denver/Boulder

Yael Greenberg is looking to create a local, kosher and humanely-raised kosher meat co-op for our Colorado community. This grant will enable her to start the Colorado Kosher Meat Collective to participants in the Denver/Boulder area.


Hebrew Educational Alliance Preschool, Denver

HEA preschool aims to expand their garden program and to source more local ingredients for their cooking program. This grant will enable them to provide a shade structure and purchase new garden supplies.


Kavod Senior Life, Denver

This Denver senior living community is looking to grow their range of intergenerational JOFEE programming. This grant will enable them to put in a vertical garden bed and run planting, harvesting and pickling classes in partnership with Ekar.


Milk and Honey Farm at the Boulder JCC, Boulder

This farm, located at the Boulder JCC, is looking to grow their capacity to run more JOFEE programming. This grant will enable them to expand curriculum and activities around their Tzedakah Garden and pilot a farm camp for middle schoolers.


OneTable, Denver/Boulder

The local branch of this national organization is looking to bring more elements of sustainability and local food to their Shabbat offerings. This grant will enable them to create a community garden, in partnership with either Ekar or Milk and Honey Farm at BJCC, to be used by OneTable’s Shabbat hosts and community, as well as offer educational JOFEE Shabbat programming.


Sustainable Skoolie Adventure, Boulder

This grassroots effort by Chava Anderson, is to build an environmental classroom in a school bus. This grant will go towards creating a “living roof” for the Sustainable Skoolie Adventure bus, which will travel across the state and the country.


Temple Emanuel, Denver

This Denver Reform synagogue wants to grow their JOFEE programming in their preschool. This grant will enable them to construct their “Gan Eden” outdoor greenhouse/botanical classroom for their Early Learning Center.


The Jewish Experience, Denver

This Orthodox Denver organization is focused on innovating Jewish education and creating programs that appeal to a wide audience. This grant will support their “Just Kitchen,” a food justice program where volunteers prepare and deliver kosher meals to the homebound.


Wabash Farmette at Denver Jewish Day School, Denver

This farm engages students, staff, parents, and community members in JOFEE programming by bringing the classroom outside and creating other community events, and a Jewish CSA. This grant will enable them to get through their 2017 growing season, and lay the literal seeds for the 2018 season.

Scholarships

Hazon is pleased to offer scholarships for people from the Denver and Boulder areas to a selection of multi-day Hazon events happening around the country and in Israel.

As a scholarship recipient, we ask that you will identify specific ways to “pay it forward” and use your experience at the Hazon event to grow and strengthen the local Colorado Jewish outdoor, food, farming, and environmental movement.

Scholarships are first come, first served, and applications are accepted for all events at all times, though events do often sell out and applications aren't accepted for sold out events. You can receive up to $500 in scholarship and we will reimburse you for your expenses for attending the event (registration and/or travel). We have a limited pool of scholarships available, so please apply for only what you need.

Click here for Colorado scholarship amounts, which vary by program. »

CSA Scholarship for Professionals working in the Jewish Community: CLOSED. CSA Scholarship for Professionals that work in the Denver Jewish community: This scholarship will pay for 1/2 of the cost of a full CSA and Eggs Share from Ahavah Farm.

Adamah Fellowship: April 18-June 18, June 14-August 20, August 16-November 18, 2018. Regular fee: $600-$1,800. Scholarship amount available: up to $500

The Hazon Food Conference: August 1-5, 2018. Earlybird registration prices: starts at $279. Scholarship amount available: up to $500

New York Ride & Retreat: August 31-3, 2018 (Labor Day Weekend). Regular registration prices: $180-$420, plus $800-$1,200 fundraising. Scholarship amount available: up to $500

JOFEE Network Gathering: October 11-14, 2018 at Tamarack Camps, MI, Ortonville, MI. Registration rates TBD, registration opens up in March 2018. Scholarship amount available: up to $500

Israel Ride: CLOSED. Oct 23, 2018 - Oct 30, 2018. Regular registration price: $675-$950, plus $2,500-$3,800 fundraising. Automatic $360 fundraising contribution from Oreg Foundation for Colorado riders (no need to apply for a scholarship). Additional Scholarship amount available: up to $140 (for a combined scholarship total of $500 available).

These scholarships are made possible through the generous support of Rose Community Foundation, Oreg Foundation, and other generous donors.

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Hazon Food Conference
Aug 14, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Expand your culinary expertise, enjoy local, seasonal organic fruits and veggies, unpack the complexities of our global food system, and connect to our ancient food tradition. The Kids’ Food Conference, specially designed for young foodies, makes it perfect for the whole family!

JOFEE Network Gathering
Aug 29, 2019 - Sep 1, 2019
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma , California

Join Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Educators for the annual fourth JOFEE Network Gathering. If you work in the Jewish outdoor, farming, environmental world or are interested in bringing any of these elements to your life, then this experience is for you.

New York Ride & Retreat
Aug 30, 2019 - Sep 2, 2019
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Join the People of the Bike for our 19th annual fully-supported ride and retreat. This exciting, diverse community Shabbat and cycling experience is open for people of all cycling levels and ages.