Vision And Mission
Hazon means vision.
We create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.
We effect change in the world in three ways.
- Transformative Experiences: Our programs directly touch lives in powerful ways.
- Thought-Leadership: Writing, speaking, teaching, and advocacy.
- Capacity-Building: Supporting great people and projects in North America and Israel.
Our programs are multi-generational and give entry points for Jews of all backgrounds who are concerned about the environment and the world. Hazon serves a national and international population; members of every denomination and those who are unaffiliated; intergenerational from children to seniors – including families and singles, with a particular focus on young adults interested in developing the skills to take on leadership roles in their communities and make a difference in the world.
Hazon’s New York Ride is held over 4 days during Labor Day weekend in the New York area and draws over 300 participants from across the country. Rider fundraising supports the work of Hazon and its major partners. A series of smaller grants are allocated to projects in the Jewish community.
Hazon’s California Ride is held in the spring in Northern California. We launched our inaugural Ride in 2010 with 120 participants. The Ride features Hazon programming at the Shabbat retreat, followed by a beautiful ride in Sonoma and Marin Counties, and ending in San Francisco.
The Arava Institute Hazon Israel Ride: Cycling for Peace, Partnership & the Environment is held annually over 7 days in the Fall. The Israel Ride is a 200-300 mile journey that provides participants the opportunity to experience the beauty and challenges of the Israeli landscape in a whole new way.
The Hazon Food Conference brings together foodies, educators, rabbis, farmers, nutritionists, chefs, food writers, and families who share a passion for learning about and celebrating food.
Hazon CSA is the first Jewish Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in North America and is currently the largest faith-based CSA program in the country. In 2010, more than 50 Hazon CSAs put over $1 million in Jewish family purchasing power behind local, sustainable farms. Hazon CSA sites include JCCs, synagogues, Jewish day schools, and Hillels – and we’d love to add your community to the list. Contact email@example.com to apply.
The Jewish Food Education Network (JFEN) offers resources, curricula, and training about food and Jewish tradition, to help you navigate questions on topics such as nutrition, industrial farming, obesity, and family food traditions in a Jewish context. JFEN enables educators to tap into the passion about food and the environment in their communities and use food as a platform for innovative Jewish education.
“The Jew and the Carrot,” a partnership between Hazon and the Forward, at www.jcarrot.org, serves as a public front page for our food work, bringing the discussions among Jewish farmers, day school educators, food enthusiasts, chefs, and families about what is kosher – literally, “fit” – for us to eat to far reaching corners of the Jewish community and beyond.
Through the work initiated two years ago with the Jewish Climate Change Campaign, Hazon is participating in a new global initiative on Green Pilgrim Cities to inspire pilgrims on all continents and the pilgrim cities that receive them to leave a positive footprint on the Earth.
Hazon is one of the largest American funders of the Israeli environmental movement. Our outdoor events support some of the most vital work happening on environmental issues in Israel. The Israel Ride has raised over $1.5 million for the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. It also enables participants to learn first hand about some of the key issues Israel faces, and some of the ways that environmentalists are helping to create peace.
Hazon supports a number of environmental organizations that have significantly benefited from the grants awarded through the New York and California Rides. Since 2000, we have given away $600,000 to support more than 70 projects, including:
- The down payment on the Adamah house, and ongoing support of Adamah, the Jewish Environmental Fellowship.
- Support for the Teva Learning Alliance, the largest Jewish environmental education organization in the US.
- The Israel Bicycle Association, which promotes active transport to improve health, communities, and overall quality of life in Israel.
- The Green Apprenticeship, a Practical Ecology Training Program at Kibbutz Lotan.
Additionally, Hazon fiscally sponsors a number of innovative and cutting edge Jewish environmental organizations, including Jewish Farm School and Wilderness Torah.