The only way we’re going to get it together, is together
Welcome to a growing community of Metro Detroiters exploring health, environmental awareness, nature, the outdoors, and food in all its delicious interconnectedness. We are educators and learners. We are among those making a connection to our deep wisdom tradition grounded in wonder and gratitude. We claim justice and Tikkun Olam as part of who we are. Hazon in Detroit is here to support you in creating a healthier, more sustainable way of life, community, and world.
We work to strengthen existing congregations, organizations and individuals through education, earth-based ritual, greening for sustainability and regeneration.
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Wren is passionate about the outdoors and living sustainably. She grew up on a small animal farm in Southeastern Massachusetts where chickens and turkeys roamed free, and the woods, lakes, and cranberry bogs were her first playgrounds. She learned to organic farm between the pine trees and has continued the practice for over 30 years. Hence, coming to Hazon completes a life circle. She sharpened her horticultural instincts while managing greenhouses, and her love of natural healing was fostered in the health food industry and honed while raising her children, Maggie and Aaron. Education was a natural next step for Wren; she spent the next chapter of her life working in Waldorf and Jewish experiential education. Thus began her Jewish professional journey: she progressed from teacher to Director of Education at a Reform/Renewal synagogue to Director of the Berman Center for Jewish Education at a Conservative Synagogue to Senior Director of Adult Jewish Engagement at the Jewish Community Center.
Having recently completed building an eco-friendly house in Milford, you can find her in her off time protectively watching over her bees and seedling trees as she learns the ways of her land and her tractor. She is beyond excited to be working at Hazon – blending her love for Judaism, her talent for active community collaboration, and her passion for living sustainably.
Rabbi Nate DeGroot is the Hazon Detroit Associate Director and Spiritual & Program Director. In this role, he is helping the Detroit Metro Jewish community to reconnect with their own inherited earth-based Jewish spirituality and reinvest in their historic relationship with the Detroit community around its transformative environmental justice work. He was ordained at Hebrew College in Boston, where he also received a Masters in Jewish Education. He most recently served as the inaugural Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR in Los Angeles, and before that founded a grassroots cooperative Jewish community in Portland, Oregon. He is a lover of the wild and is excited to bring his passion for all things sacred to his work at Hazon.Detroit, MI | email@example.com
Brittany Feldman Manages the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program at Hazon Detroit. In her role she provides guidance and support to advance sustainability related education, action, and advocacy in Jewish institutions throughout the Metro Detroit community. Prior to joining Hazon she worked as an Outdoor Educator for many years where she helped participants foster deep connections and respect for nature through engaging hands on programming. As a Metro Detroit native Brittany is able to support many of the Jewish institutions she grew up attending. She is continuously inspired by her community’s willingness to learn and adapt in this changing climate and finds her work through the Hazon Seal incredibly impactful and rewarding.Detroit, MI | 248.752.4294 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah engages the Detroit and Metro Detroit community in conversation, education, action, and advocacy as it relates to climate justice. She previously worked in environmental consulting and has lived and worked on organic farms across North and South America. A transplant to Detroit from the metropolitan area, Hannah has fallen in love with the city’s deep sense of community, especially as it relates to food and environmental justice. Hannah attended Wayne State University where she earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology. When not getting her hands dirty she can be found exploring, cooking, or planning her next trip.Detroit, MI | email@example.com
Hazon’s work in Metro Detroit is made possible by the generosity of the following funders:
The William Davidson Foundation seeks to have impact in the following areas of interest:
- Preserving and enhancing Jewish identity and tradition in the United States and Israel, with a special interest in Southeast Michigan.
- Strengthening and revitalizing the Southeastern Michigan region.
Ben N. Teitel Charitable Trust
As a legacy of Sinai Hospital, The Jewish Fund continues the tradition of assuring excellent and compassionate care for those in need in Metropolitan Detroit by awarding grants to help vulnerable individuals improve their health and human condition.
Let’s celebrate Jewish food traditions, bring them into the public space, and let’s renew Jewish life and create a better world for everybody…
It is with deep regret that, in light of the current state of the world, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival.
We had been pursuing every possible way to offer a healthy and safe experience to our community and partners, for whom this celebration is a highlight each year. As the pandemic has progressed, it is clear that we must be true to our sacred responsibility of pikuach nefesh, the valuing of human life above all else. What happens with Hazon through the Food Festival, the Seal of Sustainability, and our educational, spiritual, justice, and community programs is reflective of Hazon’s mission to create a more sustainable world for all. Though we won’t meet in person at the Food Festival this year, we are no less on the journey together. It’s an honor to have you with us.
We will miss you so much this year and feel blessed that you are part of our Hazon Food Festival family. We will pray and think about how wonderful it will be to celebrate together with you again at our 5th Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival next year.
Stay tuned for an update about our future programming.
Manager of the Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Annual Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival
Bring the family and join us to celebrate the work we do, creating a healthier, more sustainable world for all.
CONNECT with over 80 Jewish and justice organizations. Enjoy the many hands-on activities for all ages.
TASTE delicious vegetarian and vegan foods from over 15 food trucks, restaurants, and caterers.
SHOP at over 50 local vendor booths and enjoy food samples.
LEARN sustainable practices that can go home with you.
CREATE in our new ArtSpace with the Detroit Institute of Arts and others, using repurposed items.
EXPLORE community activism, food, music, artists, vendors, farmers, chef demos, and the family pavilion.
EXPERIENCE the Annual Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival and see why 6,500+ people attend each year!
For more information and volunteer opportunities contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be kosher certified food, caterers, and vendors at the festival.
This event is free of charge for attendees thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.
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Hazon in Detroit is proud to be a part of a national campaign to green Jewish organizations through the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. The Hazon Seal provides guidance and support to advance sustainability-related education, action, and advocacy in the Jewish community. Participating institutions receive:
- A roadmap to healthier food, less waste, meaningful JOFEE education, a lower carbon footprint, and more
- A rich resource for knowledge and ideas
- A network of Jewish and other faith-based organizations committed to sustainability, learning with and from one another
- An annual certification to celebrate success and highlighting the progress of leaders in the field of sustainability
- A channel to ignite and engage your community!
Although the Seal of Sustainability is run on a national scale, Hazon Detroit has dedicated staff on the ground that are able to build strong relationships and help our Sites accomplish all of their project goals. In our first year piloting the program we had 6 Seal Sites. Today, 3 years later we have 16 Sites on board and are still growing!
See below for the many accomplishments that have been completed among our Sites so far!
- Adat Shalom Synagogue – Lighting and recycling policies, garden education
- Congregation B’nai Moshe – Greener kiddush, recycling, and compost practices
- Congregation Shaarey Zedek – Installed wildflower garden, composting
- Congregation Shir Tikvah – Updated sensory path, incorporated higher welfare meat into meals, composting
- Detroit Jews for Justice – Created greening guideline for events, composting
- Hillel Day School – Outdoor forest classroom, switched to higher welfare meat
- Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue – Recycling policies, switched to higher welfare eggs
- Jewish Ferndale – Switched to higher welfare eggs
- Kibbutz Detropia – Solar-powered watering system for garden
- Tamarack Camps – Farm/garden development
- Temple Beth El – Lighting and recycling policies, garden education
- Temple Kol Ami – Bioswales and wildflower garden
- Repair the World Detroit- Greening building practices, composting
Please welcome our new 2019 sites:
- Jewish Family Service
- Farber Hebrew Day School – Yeshivat Akiva
- Young Israel of Southfield
To learn more about joining the Seal of Sustainability here in Metro Detroit email email@example.com