Rabbinical Advisory Board
The Hazon Rabbinical Advisory Board (RAB) is made of rabbis of all denominations who support Hazon’s work and programs within their communities. The RAB also provides vital feedback to Hazon in order to better serve the broader Jewish community. With the RAB, Hazon hopes to further develop a cadre of rabbis who will be leaders in the Jewish environmental community and create a healthy and sustainable community in the Jewish world and beyond.
One-Year Membership Benefits
Contribution of $180 or More:
- Public recognition on the Hazon website
- Copy of Food for Thought, Hazon’s sourcebook on Jews, Food & Contemporary Life
- Easy access to Hazon educational resources including Sustainable Holiday and Shabbat Guides, the Hazon Food Audit Toolkit and Food Guide for Jewish Institutions, and more
- Special RAB discount code for all Hazon rides
Contribution of $360 or More:
- All benefits associated with $180 contribution
- A further discounted code for all Hazon rides
- Pack of 10 Hazon brachot cards
- Pack of 10 Hazon Note Cards
- One on one mentoring for assembling a team to attend:
- Same resources as noted above with updated curricula.
- If you were a member prior to 2013 and are interested in renewing your membership, please be in touch with Jessie Karsif at email@example.com.
Join the Rabbinical Advisory Board today by making a donation to Hazon today!
A note from Rabbi Marc Soloway, Chair of the Hazon Rabbinical Advisory Board
I feel proud to be the chair of Hazon’s reignited Rabbinical Advisory Board and not because of some grandiose notion of what I can give to Hazon, but rather for the enormous potential that comes from genuine partnership, or brit. I feel that I’ve both given to Hazon, and gained from it, and in chairing the Rabbinical Advisory Board, I hope to help to extend that give and take to a growing number of rabbis.
There is no doubt that Hazon has played a substantial role in helping me refine my rabbinate and enliven the mission of my shul. As a congregational rabbi in a relatively small community, in a region that deeply cares about issues of sustainability and the environment, Hazon’s excellent programming and thought-leadership have helped me become a better rabbi, and they’ve helped my shul become a better shul. We have a clearer vision. Our zero-waste Kiddush program, our very successful CSA going into its 4th season, and (somewhat remarkably) our more recent involvement with Jewish chicken and goat co-ops have all grown directly or indirectly from our relationship with Hazon. Two of our goats had very cute kids this spring and I have recently learned how to milk their mothers! In our initial training, there were three rabbis, ordained Orthodox, Conservative and Reform, men and women, who did not know the difference between an udder and a teat, now proudly owning our metal milking pails.
Something big is happening in the Jewish world and the so-called New Jewish Food Movement is at its heart. I am not suggesting that everything that happens in the Jewish community connected to food or sustainability only comes from Hazon, but rather that there are some very powerful possibilities through partnership. It is unclear what the future roles of the denominations in Judaism will bring, but very clear that pan-denominational alliances between rabbis and congregations, united by a shared value of creating a more sustainable Jewish world and world for all, is a big part of the future.
My observations about the possibilities for engagement have been wonderfully surprising. For some in our community on the periphery of involvement, our work around food and sustainability has ignited a spark inside them and brought them much more into the center of synagogue life through volunteering and participating. I experienced a similar phenomenon on the two Israel Rides I did with Hazon. Many people who literally “come along for the ride” end up engaging in Israel in a radically new way through the encounters with environmental activists and especially the inspiring presence of alumni of the Arava Institute, who model with passion the merging worlds of grassroots peace-building and commitment to creating a more sustainable Middle East. Just one more example of a partnership that creates deep connections with real issues at the heart of it all.
So, the question is not “what can Hazon do for me?” Nor even, “what can I do for Hazon?” but rather “what can we do for each other? How can we become partners?” Will you join me as one of the “Riding Rabbis” on Hazon’s Cross-USA Ride this summer – you can come for just a day or two, have a great time, and use it to raise issues and enthusiasm in your community, and awareness beyond? Or one of Hazon’s other amazing environmental bike rides? Would you like to think about launching a CSA in your community, or doing a Food Audit, or deepening your understanding of shmita – or the Farm Bill? If you are not yet on the Rabbinical Advisory Board, join us in this extraordinary journey of hope, growth and transformation.
Marc has served as the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, Colorado since 2004. He has always loved food, perhaps a little too much, and in recent years has thought more deeply about where this food comes from, how it is produced and how all of that fits with deep Jewish obligations and values. Marc has ridden twice in the Arava Institute Hazon Israel Ride in 2008 and 2010. Marc co-chaired two Hazon Food Conferences on the west coast in 2010 and 2011, he is on the Hazon Steering Team in Colorado as well as the Jewish Life team for Hazon’s Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit in April 2012. Marc was instrumental in bringing Boulder’s first Jewish CSA through Hazon, which is now a collaboration of five synagogues and the JCC with two weekly drop-off sites. Marc is also a proud member of a Jewish goat and chicken co-op across the street from his synagogue.
Marc was very active with the Limmud Conference in the UK, serving as co-chair in 1996 and 1997 and he was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado in 2008, which has informed his work with Hazon.
Last summer, Marc was in Ghana as part of the second AJWS Rabbinic Delegation, volunteering with a grantee in the south. This year Marc is a fellow of the Rabbis without Borders program with CLAL and he is also graduate of the 5th Rabbinic Cohort of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. Before becoming a rabbi, Marc was an actor, storyteller and massage therapist in his native London and currently is the narrator of a brand new documentary film about the Baal Shem Tov due to be released later this year.
2013 Rabbinical Advisory Board Members
- Rabbi Batsheva Appel; Chicago, IL
- Rabbi Noah Arnow; Congregation Beth El, Voorhees, NJ
- Rabbi Elyssa Auster; Temple Judea, Fort Meyers, FL
- Rabbi Marc Berkson; Congregation Emanu-el B’ne Jeshurun, River Hills, WI
- Cantor Suzanne Bernstein; Progresive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom, Brooklyn, NY
- Rabbi Elisheva Brenner; Yeshuv Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
- Cantor Angela Buchdahl; Central Synagogue, New York, NY
- Rabbi Nadav Caine; Ner Tamid, Poway, CA
- Rabbi Micah Citrin; Temple Israel, Tulsa, OK
- Rabbi Paula Mack Drill; The Orangetown Jewish Center, Orangeburg, NY
- Rabbi Aderet Drucker; Congregation B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek, CA
- Rabbi Nat Ezray; Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City, CA
- Rabbi Ben Goldstein; Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim, Cranford, NJ
- Rabbi Micah Greenstein; Temple Israel, Memphis, TN
- Rabbi Elliot Holin; Congregation Kol Ami; Elkins Park, PA
- Rabbi Mark Kaiserman; Reform Temple of Forest Hills, Queens, NY
- Rabbi Mario Karpuj; Or Hadash, Sandy Springs, GA
- Rabbi Rena Kieval; Congregation Ohav Shalom, Albany, NY
- Rabbi Kevin Kleinman; Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA
- Rabbi Noa Kushner; The Kitchen, San Francisco, CA
- Rabbi Val Lieber; Kane Street Synagogue, Brooklyn, NY
- Rabbi Mordechai Liebling; Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA
- Rabbi Neal Loevinger; Temple Beth El, Poughkeepsie, NY
- Rabbi Mark Mallach; Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield, NJ
- Rabbi Randall Mark; Shomrei Torah, Wayne, NJ
- Rabbi Todd Markley; Temple Beth Shalom, Needham, MA
- Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon; B’nai Jeshurun, New York, NY
- Rabbi David Meyer; Temple Emanu-El, Marblehead, MA
- Rabbi Shira Milgrom; Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains, NY
- Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison; Temple Israel, Boston, MA
- Rabbi Steven Moskowitz; Jewish Congregation of Brookville, Brookville, NY
- Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser; Congregation Or Hadash, Sandy Springs, GA
- Rabbi Frederick Reeves; KAM Isaiah Israel, Chicago, IL
- Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom; Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park, PA
- Rabbi Moshe Schwartz; Kellman Brown Academy, Voorhees Township, NJ
- Rabbi Ron Segal; Temple Sinai, Sandy Springs, GA
- Rabbi Ethan Seidel; Tifereth Israel, Washington, DC
- Rabbi Eric Solomon; Beth Meyer Synagogue, Raleigh, NC
- Rabbi Marc Soloway; Congregation Bonai Shalom, Boulder, CO
- Rabbi Adam Stein; Kehilat Nitzan, Caulfield North, Australia
- Rabbi Elliot Tepperman; Bnai Keshet Reconstructionist Synagogue, Montclair, NJ
- Rabbi Gordon Tucker; Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY
- Rabbi Sheila Weinberg; Institute for Jewish Spirituality, New York, NY
- Rabbi Adam Wohlberg; Temple Sinai, Dresher, PA
- Rabbi Eric Yanoff; Adath Israel, Merion Station, PA
- Cantor Rafi Zlotnick; Bronx, NY