Metro Detroit

The only way we’re going to get it together, is together
—Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l

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 and organizations through education, earth-based ritual, greening for sustainability and regeneration, a CSA and garden development. And we create new opportunities to connect at the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm in Detroit’s historic North End, the Michigan Jewish Food Festival, and more.

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Our Team

Wren Hack   Hazon Detroit Director

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.

Detroit, MI | 248.535.7110 | wren.hack@hazon.org

Nate DeGroot   Hazon Detroit Associate Director, Spiritual & Program Director

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 | nate.degroot@hazon.org

Marla Schloss   Detroit Food Festival Manager
Marla Schloss is the Detroit Food Festival Manager. Working with Hazon gives Marla the opportunity to combine her commitment to the Jewish community with her desire to create healthy, sustainable, and green living practices. Marla became aware of Hazon when she, her husband, and her daughter, all Jewish educators, were part of a JOFEE certification program offered through the Jewish Federation and led by the Hazon staff in Detroit.
Prior to her current position, Marla was an art teacher for 30 years in the Detroit public school system. She was recognized for having the largest student involvement in the Detroit Institute of Arts Student Exhibition. Marla is a native Detroiter who enjoys spending time with her family and pets, creating art, attending Broadway shows, movies, shopping, and then resting on Shabbat.
Detroit, MI | marla.schloss@hazon.org

Brittany Feldman   Manager, Sustainability and Outdoor Engagement

Brittany Feldman is the Program Coordinator for Environmental and Outdoor Engagement at Hazon Detroit. She attended Central Michigan University where she studied Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration. Prior to joining Hazon, she worked as an Outdoor Educator for Tamarack Camps and a Program Coordinator at the Farmington Hills Nature Center. Her background includes leading educational programs in teambuilding, adventure courses and environmental wilderness classes. In her spare time Brittany enjoys hiking, tie-dyeing, and watching the Food Network.

Detroit, MI | 248.752.4294 | brittany.feldman@hazon.org

Hannah Fine   Program Coordinator for Food and Environmental Justice, Hazon Detroit

Hannah 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 urban agriculture scene and when not getting her hands dirty she can be found exploring, talking to strangers, or planning her next trip. Hannah attended Wayne State University where she studied biochemistry and chemical biology with a focus in environmental science.

Detroit, MI | hannah.fine@hazon.org

Our Partners

Hazon’s work in Metro Detroit is made possible by the generosity of the following funders:

William Davidson Foundation

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


In our first year of operation in Metro Detroit (August 2015 – July 2016), we’ve been grateful for the opportunity to work with these organizations (among others):

Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
North End Christian CDC/Oakland Avenue Farmway
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Camp Tamarack
Congregation Adat Shalom
Hillel Day School
Congregation Shir Tikvah
Temple Beth El
Michigan Fitness Foundation
The Well
Yad Ezra
The Boggs Center
Repair the World
Ramah Fellowship
Detroit Jews for Justice
Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
Congregation Beth Ahm
Temple Emanu-El
Eden Gardens
Detroit Food Policy Council
Keep Growing Detroit
Temple Israel
JOIN for Justice
Pardes Hannah
Song and Spirit/Everyone’s Garden
Birmingham Temple
Jewish Ferndale
Chabad of Greater Downtown Detroit
D-Town Farms
Congregation T’chiyah
Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation
The Eastern Market Corporation
Hillel of Metro Detroit
Brightmoor Youth Garden
Vaad Harabonim
Eastern Market Corporation

Visit the Food Festival webpage for more information

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…
—Nigel Savage, Hazon CEO

We are looking forward to the 2019 Michigan Jewish Food Festival on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at the Eastern Market.

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 4th Annual Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival and see why 6,500 people attend each year!

For more information and volunteer opportunities contact marla.schloss@hazon.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.


Hazon Michigan Jewish Food Festival
By JN Staff, Detroit Jewish News, August 29, 2019

Jewish Food Festival rolls into Eastern Market
By Gary Graff, The Voice, August 16, 2019

Jewish Food Festival rolls into Eastern Market
By Gary Graff, The Oakland Press, August 16, 2019

Here are 7 things to do in your neighborhood this weekend
WXYZ Detroit, August 16, 2019

10 things to do this weekend: Aug. 16-18
By Anisa Jibrell, Crain’s Detroit Business, August 14, 2019

Hazon’s Food Festival is Going Big on Sustainability
By Jessie Cohen, Detroit Jewish News, August 6, 2019

Step on board the topsy turvy bus. It runs on solar power and veggie oil
Fox 2 Detroit, July 12, 2019

Video: Regenerative Bread Camp June 23-24
Fox 2 Detroit, June 24, 2019

Video: Heritage Grain Weekend
WXYZ-TV Detroit, June 2019

A Giving Gardens Club
By Vivian Henoch, My Jewish Detroit, May 7, 2019

Video: Wren Hack: Earth Day Composting and Dryer Balls
WXYZ-TV Detroit, April 2019

Video: Wren Hack: Composting and Paper Bricks
Fox 2 Detroit, April 2019

ICYMI: Limmud Michigan
By Dexter Davison, My Jewish Detroit, March 2019

Shabbat Together
By JN Contributor, Detroit Jewish News, March 29, 2019

Camp Maas Switches to the Best. Eggs. Ever!
By Rachel Fine, Tamarack Camps Blog, March 22, 2019

Urban Planting, Cultivating Community
By Vivian Henoch, My Jewish Detroit, March 4, 2019

“Rewilding” Judaism
By Vivian Henoch, My Jewish Detroit, February 3, 2019

Bite by Bite
By Karen Couf-Cohen, Detroit Jewish News, January 17, 2019

Jewish Ferndale’s Public Menorah Promotes Environmental Ideals
By Keri Guten Cohen, The Jewish News, December 5, 2018

Menorah in the D honors ancient tradition, Pittsburgh victims
By Mark Hicks, The Detroit News, December 2, 2018

The Best Jewish Food in Detroit
By Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, My Jewish Learning, November 7, 2018

Religious leaders hold call for unity in wake of Jewish attacks in Pittsburgh
By Briana Gasorski, Press & Guide, November 1, 2018

Religious leaders gather in Dearborn, condemn Pittsburgh synagogue mass murders
FOX 2 Detroit, November 1, 2018

Detroit’s Capitol Park Vigil
By Hannah Levine, The Jewish News, October 30, 2018

Metro Detroit Jewish groups hold vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue victims
By Francis X. Donnelly, The Detroit News, October 29, 2018

Jewish millennials reconnect with their Detroit roots through social activism
By Maureen McDonald, Model D, September 18, 2018

Sour Grapes? Nah, Sour Pickles!
By Louis Finkelman, Jewish News, August 30, 2018

Chef demos planned for Sunday’s Jewish Food Festival at Eastern Market
By Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, August 22, 2018

Celebrating Our Roots
By Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, July 2018

Faces & Places: Hazon Detroit
Detroit Jewish News, April 26, 2018

No More Waste: Hazon Detroit serves up healthy heaps of compost — just in time for Earth Day
Detroit Jewish News, April 19, 2018

Social Justice Purim Celebration
Detroit Jewish News, February 22, 2018

Limmud 2018 – Jewish Learning Program
Detroit Jewish News, February 15, 2018

Minding The Environment – Hazon Inspires Environmental Change
The Jewish News, February 1, 2018

Envisioning Jewish Ed at the JCC
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, November 6, 2017

Immersing Ourselves In Culture: Savorfull Hits The Michigan Jewish Food Festival & Hears From Joan Nathan, Author Of King Solomon’s Table
by Stacy Goldberg, Savorfull, September 6, 2017

A Feast from King Solomon’s Table
by Vivian Henoch, My Jewish Detroit, August 2017

Video Highlights of Jewish Food Festival
The Jewish News, September 1, 2017

Cooking Channel’s ‘Cheap Eats’ visits Detroit; Jewish food fest highlights sustainability
by Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, August 24, 2017

Second annual Jewish Food Festival coming to Eastern Market Aug. 27
Detroit Jewish News, August 10, 2017

Reflection on Returning to Detroit
by Zoe McCoon, July 10, 2017

Jewish Fare on Wheels
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, June 2017

Nu Deli brings a new taste to Detroit
The Detroit Jewish News, June 22, 2017

Shaarey Zedek, B’nai Moshe and Hazon partner to provide organic produce
The Detroit Jewish News, June 16, 2017

Hazon Detroit celebrates Tu b’Shevat
by Sue Salinger, Detroit Jewish News, March 2, 2017

Deeper Roots, Wider Branches
by Sue Salinger, myJewishDetroit, February 2017

Welcome to Giving Gardens at Yad Ezra
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, December 1, 2016

Food For Thought: Jewish Community Members Fight Hunger
Detroit Jewish News, October 5, 2016

Michigan Good Food Summit 2016: Faith-Based Organizations Working to Support Good Food in Michigan
Michigan Good Food, September 29, 2016

Michael Twitty: A Kosher Soul
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, September 2016

A First! Michigan Jewish Food Festival
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, September 2016

Eating Our Way Through the Michigan Jewish Food Festival
by Judy Lansky and Lauren Mazlin, myJewishDetroit, September 2016

Sue Salinger talks about the Michigan Jewish Food Festival
by Steve Byrne, Detours Podcast, August 25, 2016

The Israel Ride: Off the Beaten Path from Jerusalem to Eilat with Andy Roisman
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, January 8, 2016

Why Hazon, Why Now
by Vivian Henoch, myJewishDetroit, November 20, 2015

by Barbara Lewis, Detroit Jewish News, June 4, 2015

Jewish Food Festival

2017 Michigan Jewish Food Festival

2016 Michigan Jewish Food Festival

Detroit Tu b’Shvat: Monica Lewis Patrick

Detroit Tu b’Shvat: Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

Detroit Tu b’Shvat: State Rep. Jeremy Moss

Detroit Tu b’Shvat: Jackson Koeppel

Detroit Tu b’Shvat: State Rep. Robert Wittenberg


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 brittany.feldman@hazon.org