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Hazon Seal History

The Hazon Seal of Sustainability has its origin in the Jewish Greening Fellowship (JGF).

From 2009-2014, more than 50 JCCs, camps, schools, congregations, and social service organizations in the New York region participated in the Jewish Greening Fellowship. They worked to cut their energy use, reduce waste and pollution in operations, and engage their constituents in Jewish environmental education.

With the generous support of the Jewish Community Development Task Force of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of UJA-Federation of New York, Jewish Greening Fellows at these institutions received intensive training in environmental change leadership and their organizations received funding to support their sustainability goals.

The Hazon Seal builds on the success of this program and aims to work with organizations across the country to help green their institutions and become more sustainable.

The information I am learning and the programming the Jewish Greening Fellowship inspires has had a greater impact on my community and my personal life than any other kind of management oriented training I have had before. It has inspired me to action, and to bring others to action, and it has made me a better citizen of the Earth.
—Lisa Feinman, Asst. Executive Director, JCC On the Hudson
 

Jewish Greening Fellowship Network

The following organizations made a commitment to environmental change leadership and Jewish values of stewardship by participating in the Jewish Greening Fellowship:

Camps and Campgrounds

Organization Location Years Active
Associated Camps, Inc. (No longer operating) Fairfield, NJ 2011-2012
Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp Copake, NY 2013-2014
Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village of the Samuel Field Y Bayside, NY 2009-2010
Eden Village Camp Putnam Valley, NY 2009-2010, 2013-2014
Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds Pearl River Pearl River, NY 2011-2012
Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center – Camp Jacobson East Hills, NY 2011-2012
Surprise Lake Camp NY, NY 2009-2010
Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds Long Island Wheatly, NY 2009-2010

Community Centers

Organization Location Years Active
Edith and Carl Marks JCH of Bensonhurst Brooklyn, NY 2009-2010
Hebrew Educational Society Brooklyn, NY 2009-2010
Shelter Rock Jewish Center Roslyn, NY 2013-2014
The Educational Alliance – Sirovich Center NY, NY 2011-2012
Boro Park YM-YWHA Brooklyn, NY 2013-2014
Bronx-Riverdale YM & YWHA Bronx, NY 2009-2010
Central Queens YM & YWHA Forest Hills, NY 2009-2010
Kings Bay YM & YWHA Brooklyn, NY 2009-2010
Samuel Field YM & YWHA Brooklyn, NY 2009-2010
Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Inc. Brooklyn, NY 2011-2012
The Educational Alliance/14th Street Y NY, NY 2009-2010
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood NY, NY 2009-2010

Jewish Community Centers (JCCs)

Organization Location Years Active
Bronx House JCC Bronx, NY 2011-2012
Friedberg JCC Oceanside, NY 2011-2012
JCC of Manhattan NY, NY 2009-2010
JCC of Staten Island Staten Island, NY 2009-2010
JCC on the Hudson Tarrytown, NY 2011-2012
Mid-Island Y JCC Plainview, NY 2011-2012
Richard G. Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester (No longer operating) Pleasentville, NY 2009-2010
Sid Jacobson JCC East Hills, NY 2009-2010
Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center Commack, NY 2011-2012

Retreat Centers

Organization Location Years Active
Isabella Freedman Retreat Center Falls Village, CT 2009-2010

Schools

Organization Location Years Active
Abraham Joshua Heschel School NY, NY 2013-2014
Jewish Theological Seminary NY, NY 2013-2014
Solomon Schechter of Long Island Jericho, NY 2013-2014
Solomon Schechter School of Queens Flushing NY 2011-2012
Solomon Schechter School of Westchester White Plains, NY 2013-2014

Synagogues

Organization Location Years Active
Community Synagogue of Rye Rye, NY 2013-2014
Congregation Ansche Chesed NY, NY 2013-2014
Congregation Beth Elohim Brooklyn, NY 2011-2012
Greenburgh Hebrew Center Dobbs Ferry, NY 2013-2014
Kane Street Synagogue Brooklyn, NY 2013-2014
Mount Sinai Jewish Center, Washington Heights NY, NY 2013-2014
North Shore Synagogue Syosset, NY 2011-2012
Temple Israel Center White Plains White Plains, NY 2013-2014
Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners Bedford Corners, NY 2013-2014
The Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore Plandome, NY 2011-2012
The Reform Temple of Forest Hills Forest Hills, NY 2013-2014
Tribeca Synagogue NY, NY 2011-2012

Accomplishments

The Jewish Greening Fellowship was one of the most prominent Jewish responses to the climate crisis – and the most significant investment made by any Jewish Federation in this country to address climate change or the environment.

Significant Energy and Money Savings

From 2010 to 2020, JGF organization will have saved an estimated 8.3 million by cutting energy use, switching to renewable energy sources, and reducing waste in operations. This constitutes an over 300% return on the UJA-Federation of New York’s initial $2 million grant investment in the Jewish Greening Fellowship. 46 JGF organizations have completed energy audits of their buildings and 13 JGF organizations installed solar panels.

 
JGF Graduation Sid Jacobson JCC - edited

Strengthening and Connecting Institutions

JGF green teams have brought together more than 600 people (including agency executives, facilities staff, and laypeople). The teams’ sustainability programming and communications touched more than 175,000 people through its work. The vast majority of JGF Fellows indicated that as a result of the greening work, their institution as a whole became stronger, they formed new partnerships in their broader community, and they found that greening became part of their organization’s identity.

 

Enriching Jewish Life & Education

75% of participating institutions strongly agreed that greening has enriched Jewish learning and living in their institution. More than 33,000 people participated in environmental education programs at JGF institutions. In 2013-2014 alone, JGF agencies created 42 new programs combining environmental education and Jewish values. During the Shmita (sabbatical) year, JGF funded over 20 different Shmita-themed educational programs. Jewish organizations also energized their members around the People’s Climate March, the largest demonstration for climate change in history Of the 1,500 groups that co-sponsored the climate march, 1 in 10 was Jewish. This remarkable Jewish support would not have been possible without the participation of many JGF organizations and the diligent organizing work done by JGF staff.