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.
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:
|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|
|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|
|Dorot, Inc.||NY, NY||2013-2014|
|Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) Brighton Beach Housing||NY, NY||2013-2014|
|Jewish Child Care Association’s Bukharian Teen Lounge||NY, NY||2013-2014|
|Jewish Community Relations Council of New York||NY, NY||2013-2014|
|Jewish Home Lifecare||NY, NY||2011-2012|
|Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty||NY, NY||2011-2012|
|New York Service for the Handicapped – Camp Oakhurst||Oakhurst, NJ||2011-2012|
|Ramapo for Children||Rhinebeck, NY||2009-2010|
|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|
|Isabella Freedman Retreat Center||Falls Village, CT||2009-2010|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.