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Topic: Hazon Seal News and Announcements

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Hazon Seal of Sustainability Highlights our Relationship to Food in 2019

Our Hazon Seal of Sustainability network is large and strong. Together, we can aggregate our efforts and demonstrate how we, as a community of Jewish communities, have made and continue to make a measurable difference in safeguarding this earth (being “Shomrei Adamah”)! We applaud each of our Hazon Seal institutions for the unique and impactful programs and policies implemented in 2018. As we begin to consider and to work on projects for 2019, we at the Hazon Seal wanted to announce that we are dedicating 2019 to the area of FOOD POLICY. Whether addressing food waste, hunger in the community, composting and/or animal welfare – we encourage you to consider food policy to be one of your projects for 2019.   This means that if you choose to join us in these efforts, we may have funding available for some of your programs! We are happy to announce NEW MINI-GRANTS to help Hazon Seal sites create and implement a FOOD POLICY that also promotes ethical food sourcing and animal welfare in their organization. Get all the details here. Grants are limited and first-come, first-serve, so check it out today! Consider the following… Know a bar or bat mitzvah student who loves […]

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Food Policy Mini-Grants for Hazon’s Seal of Sustainability Sites

We are happy to announce new mini-grants to help Hazon Seal sites create and implement a food policy that also promotes ethical food sourcing and animal welfare in their organization. Thank you for your interest in putting your values into action by implementing a Food Policy and exploring food choices that promote ethical food sourcing and animal welfare. Click here to learn more about: Why our food choices matter Why animal welfare is important How this is a Jewish issue How are we – right now – at a tipping point toward compassion   Thanks to generous support from EJF Philanthropies, Hazon is pleased to provide a mini-grant opportunity for Hazon Seal sites interested in: Developing and implementing a food policy, and Taking steps toward a more informed and compassionate diet Grants range from $300–$750 and will be granted on a matching basis, in $ or in-kind contributions. ‘In-kind’ can be, for example, hours of work, space, and other services that your community is contributing to the project. These mini-grants are designed to help you implement changes in your organizational food policy that promote ethical food sourcing and animal welfare, such as reducing meat consumption, serving tasty plant-based food, and […]

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Hazon Seal of Sustainability: Hazon Seal @ Chicago

Application is now closed.  However! – please let us know if you have interest in joining so we can keep you posted when space opens up!  Click HERE for the inquiry form!  —————– We are very excited to open up our Chicagoland adventure and have Chicago institutions join the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. The application is designed to guide you on your first step, brainstorming and thinking about your vision for your future Green Team. Note: The more people you include in this process, the better. People will feel more committed to participate and implement something they helped design, right? Generous support by the Jewish United Fund (JUF) allows us to support (waive participation fee and provide mini-grants) to six organizations! We encourage you to participate even if you will not receive funding this year. Most of our Hazon Seal sites (several dozens across the country) found it valuable and we know you will, too! See cost for participation on the Hazon Seal webpage, under FAQ. With that said, payment should not be a barrier to participation so please contact us if this is a concern and we can discuss. Dates to save: Hazon @ Chicago Launch Brunch! Launching the Chicago Hazon Seal cohort with Hazon visionary and CEO Nigel Savage. Friday, […]

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NYC Jewish institutions: Take the lead on eliminating food waste! 

NEWS: Meeting with NYC Department of Sanitation When: March 18th, 2019 at 6pm Where: Hazon offices in 125 Maiden Lane, 8th floor  We welcome you to join a get-together of green teams who are currently advancing sustainability projects in their community as a part of the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program. This will be a great opportunity to meet like minded people, learn from each other, and hear from the NYC Dept. of Sanitation on how to start composting in our own communities (See about Hazon’s NYC Composting initiative below).   Why Compost? Food waste is a major problem. Minimizing waste diverted to landfills is crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as the world battles the effects of global warming. See this resource by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for more info about its magnitude and urgency. The future seems grim, but each of us can be that little drop in the bucket that will eventually be a critical mass. Every vote matters, every voice elevates the communal song, every action counts. And remember, first we reduce, then we reuse, and only THEN – we recycle/compost!   Get inspired: Watch composting up close at B’nai Jeshurun and Hannah Senesh Community Day School, two Hazon Seal of Sustainability participants.   Already Composting? Well done! now broaden your impact: Encourage your […]

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Ten New Sites Get the Green Light!

A warm welcome and mazal tov to the Fall 2017 Seal of Sustainability Cohort! We are excited that these 10 new sites – from the east coast, west coast, and in between – are joining the Seal Network on a journey toward sustainability! As part of the Seal of Sustainability, sites will proverbially, and in some cases literally, plant the seeds that will flourish into the institutions’ green visions. Each site leader will form a Green Team that will serve as the organization’s roots to support the three branches – or greening projects – that will be implemented over the course of the certification process.   Whether they decide to serve higher-welfare eggs and meat for their Yeshiva program like Mechon Hadar, an educational institution in New York City, or expand their existing composting program to all school buildings, like Allegheny College Hillel aims to do at their Pennsylvania campus, the 10 Fall 2017 sites will commit to three sustainability projects that will have a lasting impact on their institutions. By participating in the Hazon Seal, sites will have the opportunity to transform their institutional food policies, remodel their waste practices, or even re-energize their buildings with solar power! Joining […]

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In the News: Styrofoam Bans, Paw Paw Trees, and a Home for the Chickens

Across the country, over forty Jewish organizations are committing to making a better world through the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. Local papers nationwide have highlighted Seal organization’s innovative sustainability initiatives. Read on for stories about planting of paw paw trees, building chicken mansions, urban farming initiatives, and more! “Going Green,” Hillel News, 26 May 2017 “Shaarey Zedek, B’nai Moshe and Hazon partner to provide organic produce,” Detroit Jewish News, 16 June 2017 “Hazon Seal, Louisville Grows grant to be parts of J’s enhanced sustainability,” Jewish Louisville, 26 May 2017 “Congregation Bonai Shalom Awarded 2016 Hazon Seal of Sustainability,” Boulder Jewish News,  3 May 2017 “Emanuel Synagogue Green Team launches new sustainability initiatives,” West Hartford News, 26 April 2017    

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Seal Sites at the Food Conference

Hannukah, New Year’s Eve, AND hundreds of Jewish foodies and environmentalists… all at the Hazon Food Conference. Last week, six Seal sites — DU Hillel, CSU Hillel, Moishe House Boulder, B’nai Jeshurun, Ramah in the Rockies, Congregation Bonai Shalom — joined together to learn, share, and celebrate Jewish food and sustainability. The conference included an in-depth session about the Hazon Seal and the first in-person meeting for Hazon Seal sites from across the country. Hody Nemes, Manager of Greening and Climate Initiatives at Hazon, said, “At the beginning of 2016, the Hazon Seal was just an exciting dream. Now, after hundreds of buckets of food composted, hundreds of LED lights installed, and thousands of people educated about sustainability and Jewish tradition, the Seal is soaring into 2017.”  

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Updates from the Hazon Seal of Sustainability

The Seal of Sustainability is now launched! Nearly two dozen Jewish organizations around the country are assembling Green Teams, taking a food, facilities, or healthy ecosystem audit, and launching new sustainability projects at their organizations. At synagogues, community centers, social service organizations, and summer camps, people are working hard to make their organizations uphold their values of sustainability. We’re excited about the two chicken coops that will provide humane eggs at Bonai Shalom and Colorado State University Hillel; a new community composting initiative at B’nai Jeshurun; expanded recycling programs as Jewish Family Services of San Diego and Hannah Senesh Day School; sourcing toxin-free art supplies at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale; an ethical food purchasing policy at the Pearlstone Center; and much more. Check back on hazon.org/seal for updates on organizations and projects, new resources, and stories about successes and challenges. Want to post a sustainability success story? E-mail seal@hazon.org to feature your organization.

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