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Testimony: Proposed Revised Supplemental Finding for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and Results of the Residual Risk and Technology Review

On March 18, 2019, Dr. Mirele B. Goldsmith testified at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of the Jewish Climate Action Network for stronger mercury standards. Below are her remarks. My name is Dr. Mirele B. Goldsmith. I am a member of Congregation Adat Shalom in Bethesda, MD, a leader of Jewish Climate Action Network, and an environmental psychologist. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify. In this time of deep division in our country, I’m proud to be here with a group of 20 leaders of different faiths who will testify today.   We have our differences, but when it comes to the mercury rule we all agree that it would be immoral to weaken the current life-saving standards. The current leadership of the EPA claims that the cost of this rule is not worth the benefits. What are those benefits? According to the EPA itself, the current mercury pollution standards avoid up to 11,000 premature deaths, along with heart attacks, asthma attacks and brain damage to infants and children exposed to mercury in the womb. In one of the most famous lines in the Talmud our ancient rabbis also discuss cost-benefit analysis, but their conclusion is […]

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Not our hazon, and not in our name – Hazon statement

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | Rosh Chodesh Adar II, 5779 A new organization called “hazon” has suddenly appeared in Israel. They are using our name – and they have very different values from us. We want to make clear not only that we have no relationship with them but also that we have issued a cease-and-desist letter to them in relation to our name. For more on this, read on… The word “hazon” means “vision.” There are many things that need fixing in the world and thus many different visions of what could be or should be. Recently a new organization called “hazon” put up billboards around Israel. Were these to protest against poverty or inequality? Against climate change, or species loss, or our human mistreatment of animals? Against discrimination towards minorities? Oh, no, none of those. It spent money to attack people who are lesbian or gay or transgender or queer. A number of people pointed out to us a recent story about them in The Jerusalem Post. Then yesterday, for good measure, the group, now described as a “hardline national-religious organization” called for demonstrations against Women of the Wall at the Kotel tomorrow morning. Then Arutz Sheva published an op-ed critiquing this […]

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Farm Bill Update

A few weeks ago we wrote about the hugely important Farm Bill. Well, the 2014 Farm Bill has now expired and our legislators have postponed taking any action until after the mid-term elections. This means several valuable programs are immediately unfunded and the direction that our food system takes in the coming years depends hugely on who wins in November. We encourage you to read the brief update that we’ve pasted below from the National Young Farmers Coalition and take action on this important issue, and to make sure you and your community are all registered and ready to vote. We’ll continue to keep you updated when Congress picks the Farm Bill back up. On September 30th Congress allowed the 2014 Farm Bill to expire without a new bill in place or an extension passed. Thus, the following key programs, among others, will no longer be funded: Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Program National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program (NOCCSP) Rural Microentrepreneur […]

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Changing the Way Animals are Raised for Food

Hazon joins Bon Appetit, UC Berkeley, Airbnb and other organizations as a leader in animal welfare in food service supply chains. Hazon was invited to join Farm Forward’s Leadership Circle for the eggs we serve to the thousands of guests who visit our home each year in the Connecticut Berkshires—Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Farm Forward announced the launch of the Leadership Circle, a new institutional purchasing program that leverages the buying power of businesses, universities, and civic and religious institutions to change the way animals are raised for food. The program increases the public’s understanding of higher-welfare farming, supports a network of farmers who are third-party certified, and meets the demand among American consumers for products bearing animal welfare certification labels with meaningful standards. Further, the Leadership Circle encourages institutions to adopt a “less meat, better meat” approach by sourcing higher-welfare meat, poultry, and eggs while incorporating more plant-based proteins to lower costs and improve public health, the environment, and animal welfare. Founding members of the Leadership Circle include Bon Appetit Management Company, Airbnb’s Portland office, Cal Dining at the University of California Berkeley, Dr. Bronner’s, and Hazon, the largest Jewish sustainability organization in North America. These institutions are leaders in ethical and sustainable […]

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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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The day after the election

From Nigel Savage I had a very strange day today: I rode out of Jerusalem, on the first day of our Israel Ride, with our largest ever group of participants, on a beautiful day. The day went smoothly and easily. The sun shone – but not too much. No accidents. Our crew – Israeli, Palestinian, Jordanian, and American alumni of the Arava Institute – were amazing. They’re an inspiration to everyone who spends time with them. They give of themselves in all sorts of ways because they believe that when people engage across difference they can create a better world for all. So: a wonderful day. And somewhere between our ride launch and our first rest stop, it was confirmed that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States. As you know, we’re a non-profit, and we don’t endorse candidates for office. But I wanted to say a few words to everyone. First: there are many thousands of people on this list, so by definition there must be some of you who are delighted at the outcome of the election. To you I send congratulations and mazal tov. Those of you who did not vote for Donald […]

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Hazon in the News

Press The Kabbalah of Baseball by Arthur Kurzweil – Huffington Post An Interfaith Food Collaborative: Reflections on the Hazon Food Conference – The Jew & The Carrot Just harvest: Hazon Jewish Food Festival offers a full plate of workshops, tastings – on JWeekly.com Enlightening the world through a garden – on JWeekly.com Hardly Strictly Bagels |  Jewish Food Festival mantra: Healthy or not, here I come – on JWeekly.com benefits & social events – on JWeekly.com Festive about food – on JWeekly.com Nosh and Learn at S.F.’s Jewish Food Festival – on SFWeekly.com At the Intersection of Food and Jewish Life: the Hazon Jewish Food Festival at the JCCSF – on 3200 Stories.org  Hazon Jewish Food Festival Brings the Shuk to the JCCSF – on 3200 Stories.org Frozen Kuhsterd at the Hazon Jewish Food Festival on March 17th –  on FrozenKuhsterd.com A Consumer’s Right To Know: Business Ethics, Halakhah and GMOs – on Forward.com Hazon Jewish Food Festival: Day of Learning and Celebration – on SFGate.com Review: Kinish was king at Jewish Food Festival in San Francisco – on Digital Journal.com

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Hazon in the News – March 2013

Press Just harvest: Hazon Jewish Food Festival offers a full plate of workshops, tastings – on JWeekly.com Enlightening the world through a garden – on JWeekly.com Hardly Strictly Bagels |  Jewish Food Festival mantra: Healthy or not, here I come – on JWeekly.com benefits & social events – on JWeekly.com Festive about food – on JWeekly.com Nosh and Learn at S.F.’s Jewish Food Festival – on SFWeekly.com At the Intersection of Food and Jewish Life: the Hazon Jewish Food Festival at the JCCSF – on 3200 Stories.org  Hazon Jewish Food Festival Brings the Shuk to the JCCSF – on 3200 Stories.org Frozen Kuhsterd at the Hazon Jewish Food Festival on March 17th –  on FrozenKuhsterd.com A Consumer’s Right To Know: Business Ethics, Halakhah and GMOs – on Forward.com Hazon Jewish Food Festival: Day of Learning and Celebration – on SFGate.com Review: Kinish was king at Jewish Food Festival in San Francisco – on Digital Journal.com

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Hazon in the News – December 2012

Press The New “I” word in eJewish Philanthropy Hazon and Isabella Freedman to Merge in The Jewish Week Hazon and Isabella Freedman Center Merging on JTA Sustainable Environment, Sustainable Financing in the Jewish Week A Green Gevalt: Nigel Savage and David Weisberg on the Hazon/Freedman merger and the Jewish environmental movement in Zeek Hazon and Isabella Freedman Announce Merger on Jspace Hazon and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Announce Merger on eJewish Philanthropy Hazon and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center Announce Merger on Jesna Hazon Receives Grant to Oversee First Formal Research on Integration of Jewish Learning with Food, Environmental and Outdoor Education on Jim Joseph Foundation Site Hazon Receives Grant on the Philadelphia Jewish Voice Hazon Grant to Study Integrated Jewish Learning on JWeekly.com Hazon to Oversee Research on Integration of Jewish Learning with Food, Environmental and Outdoor Education on Schusterman.org Hazon to Oversee Research on Integration of Jewish Learning with Food, Environmental and Outdoor Education on eJewish Philanthropy Hazon Food Conference Tackles Sustainable Food and Food Justice on jspace.com Reflections Before the Hazon Food Conference on Jewcology Farm to Table from Goat to Goatgurt on Kosher Like Me BHA at the Hazon Food Conference on Beacon Hebrew Alliance […]

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Hazon in the News – November 2012

Press Makom Hadash in The Jewish Week Hazon Food Conference in the Jewish Voice Hurricane Sandy Relief in CSAJCC Growing in Eden Gardens on Jew and the Carrot Hazon Means Vision on Council of Young Jewish Presidents News and Events on Kevah The Bride Wore Cowboy Boots, The Groom Brewed the Beer on JWeekly.com Beyond Kashrut: GMO’s and Jewish Law on the Jewish Forward Video Israel Ride 2012 Highlights Hazon/Arava Institute Israel Ride on anti-semitism.net

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Hazon in the News – October 2012

Press Setting the Table in Park Slope Jewish Center.org Farmer Freed Dishes About the Spice of Life in the Jewish Forward Kimberly Burnham on Pinterest Food and Faith: A Hazon CSA in South Jersey in DIY Food Bay Area Friends, Join Us Wednesday on Global Circle Being Our Brother’s Keeper on On1Foot Care to Share Initiative on UJA Federation of New York Hazon: Power of Bro on Jewish Innovative Ecosystem Update Responding to Hurricane Sandy on jewishsocialjustice.org Sandy Flooding Closes Office of the Forward, Limmud NY, Several Jewish Organizations for Months on JTA Celebrate Sukkot Humanistically – in Boulder Jewish News

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Hazon in the News – September 2012

Press Talmud a Day at a Time  in the Times of Israel Hazon: A Vision of Food, Glorious Food in Chutzpah magazine Shift Gears, Shake the Lulav, Share Good Food in Boulder Jewish News Serene Victor: More Info on Hazon and Local Farms in Wicked Local Newton Sukkot Bike Ride Update: Teens Ride for Free in Boulder Jewish News Of Farms and the Jews in Jewish Exponent Megan Quinn: Bike Ride is a Journey Into Jewish Heritage in the Daily Camera Spotlight: Sukkot and the Farm Bill on Jewish Social Justice Polis Speaks At Interfaith Coalition for Food Sustainability on Boulder Jewish News Video New York Bike Ride on Youtube

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Hazon in the News – August 2012

Press Hazon Cyclists Complete Ride in the Jewish Journal Jewish Cross-Country Bike Riders Finishing Food Awareness Trek in DC in the Times of Israel Jewish Bicyclists Pedal to Promote Agricultural Sustainability in the Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register Hazon Cross-Country Bicyclists Pass through Columbus in Ohio Jewish Chronicle [PDF] Hazon Cross-USA Ride Combines Judaism, Environment and Cycling in The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh Long Schlep: Ten Cyclists Travel from Seattle to the District in the Washington Jewish Week Jewish Cross-Country Bike Riders Finishing Food Awareness Trek in D.C. in JTA Hazon Riders Spread Jewish Environmentalism Message in The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle Hazon Cycles to Dayton in the Dayton Jewish Observer Hazon Bikers Pedal Across the US in the Jewish Image Hazon Brings Its Food Message on Wheels to Pittsburgh in the Jewish Chronicle Hazon Cross-USA Ride combines Judaism, environment and cycling in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle Metro Briefs August 23 in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle Ten weeks later, Hazon cyclists arrive in Washington, D.C. in JTNews Blogs Team Colorado Readying to Repeat Israel Ride on Boulder Jewish News Redeeming Humanity: The Jewish Approach to Women in The Times of Israel Heading to Siach to Make the World a More Just and Sustainable Place on ROI Community Register now for Hazon Food Conference on Kosher Like Me Video Cross-USA Ride on […]

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2012 Cross-USA Ride Press

September 2012 Big Wheels Keep on Turning in the Jewish Exponent August 2012 65-year-old Newton woman bikes across USA in Wicked Local Hazon Cyclists Complete Ride in the Jewish Journal Ten weeks later, Hazon cyclists arrive in Washington, D.C. in JTNews in Washington Jewish cross-country bike riders finishing food awareness trek in DC in the Times of Israel Jewish Bicyclists Pedal to Promote Agricultural Sustainability in the Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register Hazon cross-country bicyclists pass through Columbus in Ohio Jewish Chronicle [PDF] Hazon Cross-USA Ride combines Judaism, environment and cycling in The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh Metro Briefs August 23 in The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh Long schlep: Ten cyclists travel from Seattle to the District in the Washington Jewish Week [Video] Shalom TV Daily News Food activists finish cross-country ride on Jweekly.com Jewish cross-country bike riders finishing food awareness trek in DC in the Times of Israel Jewish cross-country bike riders finishing food awareness trek in D.C. in JTA Jewish cross-country bike riders finishing food awareness trek in D.C. in LA Jewish Journal Hazon brings its food message on wheels to Pittsburgh in The Jewish Chronicle Hazon Bikers Pedal Across the US in the NY Jewish Image Hazon Riders Spread Jewish […]

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Hazon in the News – July 2012

Press [VIDEO] Riding Across America for Sustainable Food on NBC, KARE 11 in Minnesota Hazon Visits Aberdeen [Photo Gallery] in Aberdeen News Bicycle Group Touring Area in Aberdeen News Liberty and Food Justice for All in Times of Israel Join Hazon in Chicago in JUF News Speaking of Israel in State for Formation Team Colorado Gearing Up for Israel Ride in Boulder Jewish News Social Justice Activism in Israel on St. Louis Jewish Light Blogs Judaism Goes Green in Moment Magazine’s Blog Wandering by Bike: Hazon Riders Hit the Twin Cities Tonight on TCJewfolk Jewish Group Bikes Across U.S. for Food Justice on Revmodo This Week on the Farm on The Jewish Farmer’s Almanac 20 Miles Never Seemed So Long on NYSee

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