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Discover how the Israel Ride can be your next adventure
Sunday, December 8th, 7:00 pm
Hosted by 4-time Israel rider Art Gould
What does it feel like to cycle on the Israel Ride? Hear from David Lehrer, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies Executive Director, and other 2013 Israel riders about cycling through Israel, the Middle East’s environmental challenges, the potential for regional cooperation at the Arava Institute.
Bring your friends with you | All are welcome at this event!
We did it!!
This past May, my partner made a suggestion, “Let’s try to put more miles on our bikes than we do our cars between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year.” To some, this may seem like an impossible task, but when we bought our home a few years ago, we chose a place with a bike path in the back yard. I am an environmental educator, and our family values reflect a constant consideration of how our actions affect the other species around us.
Back to the challenge…
As I considered the reality of this situation, I made a pros and cons list to see if this could actually work.
First, we both work from home, so our daily commute consists of walking upstairs to our office. If I have meetings, they are generally within a 5-6 mile radius from my home. Both pros for making this a reality. I love my bike, my partner got it for me as a birthday/Chanukkah present a few years ago. It also helps that my partner rides 3x a week with a local cycling club, and they average about 40 miles per outing. This was also a great year to do it since he was also participating in Ride the Rockies – 550 miles added to our bike odometers. I was making a pretty good case.
My only real sticking point came when I looked at my adorable 19 month old daughter who would have to accompany me on most trips in her flashy yellow and blue bike trailer. She weighs in at about 20 pounds, 1/5 my total body weight. Add the weight of the trailer and the accompanying CSA share/groceries/library books etc., and we are looking at a considerable amount of weight to add to my biking experience.
When I thought about it, the challenge boiled down to one thing. How do I want to live my life in each moment? What data do I want to use to inform my daily decisions?
I thought differently this summer. Every time Lilianna and I wanted or needed to leave the house to run an errand, go to her gymnastics class or attend story time at the library, we had a decision to make. Do we drive or do we ride? If we are going out with friends farther than would be workable via bike, our friends offer to drive, and we carpool.
We had a few challenges at first – my bike odometer was reading incorrectly; we needed to figure out if we were going to count road trips that would be impossible to bike; and other little bumps (like the time we misjudged our route and had to off road with the bike trailer down a particularly steep and slippery mud hill).
As of September 2nd, Lilianna and I have taken countless bike trips to pick up our CSA, purchase groceries and go to story hour. I have biked to meetings with a computer and projector in tow. The other night, we were heading out to buy some rags (we have been working off of the same roll of paper towels since we moved into our house) and it began to rain. Instead of getting in the car, we postponed our trip to the following day when we could bike without getting wet. We hit our groove.
By the Numbers
Total Car Miles Driven = 2079.4
Total Bike Miles Peddled = 2273.81
Difference of = 194.41!!!!!
Training for a Hazon Ride? Training for another ride? Take the 3 months before the ride and put more miles on your bike computer than you do on your car’s odometer. If you carpool in someone else’s car or ride a bus, those miles are considered “neutral” and do not count for or against the challenge. If two people in the challenge bike to the same location, you can count both sets of bike miles. If you drive on a long car trip, you have to count those car miles. The day after Labor Day, add all of your bike computer miles, subtract all of your car miles. Those were our rules. Have fun making your own.
Amy Atkins is a member of the Colorado Advisory Board, an environmentalist and a Jewish Educator.
Please join Hazon, Roots of Change and St. Anthony’s for the first Open Space Conference to discuss:
How can faith communities engage with the people and policies working to make the food system healthy, equitable, and sustainable?
Friday October 4, 2013 10:00am to 5:00pm
SEIU Local 87 Union Hall, 240 Golden Gate Ave., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA
Participation is free and at this time by invitation only. See below for information on how to register.
Nurturing Interfaith Allyship in the Food Justice Movement
Seeking to address the inequities in the food system from production to distribution to consumption, the community-driven food justice movement brings together environmentalists, the labor movement, animal rights activists, health advocates, and foodies. Faith-based allies, compelled by our values, have joined this movement to pursue justice in food, environment, economy, and race. We share a common calling to nourish souls as well as bodies, and we must work together.
Please join Hazon, Roots of Change, and St. Anthony Foundation as we convene interfaith leaders and food justice advocates to build alliances, forge partnerships, and support and develop projects that contribute to a more just food system in the Bay Area. By exploring shared challenges and building trust, we strive to nurture allyship between and among faith-based and secular groups to contribute to a more just, equitable food system for all.
With generous support from the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation, mini-grant funding will be made available to groups who participate in this convening. Mini-grants will support new or existing projects that engage two or more participating organizations.
Key stakeholders in this movement will bring unique skills, experience, and insight to the conversation. Engagement in this convening will contribute to:
Increased collaboration in developing forward-thinking strategies for food system change;
Deepened understanding of your community’s potential to create change in the food justice movement;
Expanded opportunities for grassroots leadership in community organizing.
This day will build on the vision and experience of participants, using a dynamic meeting method called Open Space that promotes inspired, productive collaboration among participants. Instead of a pre-determined list of discussion points, the community-building power of this process comes from participants creating the agenda together, and subsequently self-organizing to lead group discussions about creative solutions to a central question: How can faith communities engage with the people and policies working to make the food system healthy, equitable, and sustainable?
Location: SEIU Local 87 Union Hall on the 2nd Floor, 240 Golden Gate Ave. in the Tenderloin District, San Francisco, CA
Getting There: Public transportation is recommended, Bart or Muni to Civic Center Station. Paid parking is available at Turk Street Garage or UC Hastings Parking Garage.
Food: Coffee, tea, and fruit will be served upon arrival. A vegetarian lunch will be served. Special dietary requirements will be accommodated.
Registration: At this time, registration is by invitation only. Does your organization wish to participate? Fill out this form and we’ll contact you with information on how to register.
Photos, Contact List, Lost & Found, Survey
Thank you again for joining us at the 4th Annual Hazon Golden Gate Ride, and for your continued fundraising in support of Hazon and our partners!
If you haven’t already, please take a few moments right now to fill out this survey and share your feedback about this year’s Golden Gate Ride.
Your feedback is extremely valuable and helps us plan for next year.
We’re already thinking about the 2014 Golden Gate Ride and will soon start to put together a volunteer Planning Committee. If you’re interested in helping to plan and shape next year’s big event, be sure to note this on your evaluation and we’ll be in touch.
Many thanks and looking forward to another year of cycling and sharing community with you,
Adam Kotin and Deborah Newbrun
96-Hour Fundraising Contest
Win Free Registration to the 2013 Hazon California Ride
We encourage all participants to continue fundraising. If you’re still working to reach your fundraising minimums, you have until June 30th before your credit card will be charged. Hazon will continue to honor fundraising incentives while supplies last!
Take the challenge! We’re giving away a free registration to the 2014 Hazon Golden Gate Ride to the person who raises the most money between now and 5 PM on Friday. Help us reach $110,000 by the end of this week!
Photos from the Ride
Please post your pictures on Hazon’s Facebook page and be sure to tag your friends!
You can view our official slideshow of photos by Koby Einstein (unless otherwise noted) by clicking here:
Veteran Hazon Rider Ilana Horwitz has also assembled some great snapshots of Riders and Crew members on the road throughout the weekend. Share them with your friends, family, and supporters!
Lost, Found, and Missing List
We have created an interactive online document for you to find your missing items. Quite a few things were left behind, so be sure to take a look! Please also take a moment to let us know if you’re still missing something by including a description in the appropriate section of the document.
View our contact list to keep in touch with your new friends from the Golden Gate Ride. Accessible online or as a download with Adobe Reader.
We couldn’t be more excited to come together as a community next week for the 4th Annual Hazon Golden Gate Ride: Pedaling for a Healthy Planet. Please take a couple of minutes to read through this email containing many pertinent details.
Feel free to contact Adam Kotin or Deborah Newbrun with any last minute questions about transportation, housing, packing, arrival – we’re here to support you.
(415) 397-7020 (Office) | (415) 823-1302 (Cell)
Emergency contact phone number for the retreat site where we will be staying during the ride: Walker Creek Ranch: (415) 491-6000
Getting Your Bike to Camp
We will help transport your bike to the ride from the Bay Area and from Los Angeles at no additional cost. We’ll offer bike loading at the following times and locations. Look for Hazon volunteers and a 14-foot Uhaul truck.
San Francisco: 6:30pm – 7:30pm, near 16th Street Mission BART (Walgreens parking lot on Capp St, near 16th).
East Bay: 8:30pm – 9:30pm, Ashby BART.
San Francisco: Starting at 1:45pm at Jewish Community High School (1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA). Bike loading will begin at 1:45pm. The charter bus will depart promptly at 2:40pm.
Los Angeles: 8:30am – 9:00am at Milken Community High School (15800 Zeldins Way, LA)
Getting Yourself to Camp
Registration opens at 2:30pm on Friday May 24th at Walker Creek Ranch. We are offering a shuttle from San Francisco and LA that will arrive in time for Shabbat. If you are signed up to join us later in the weekend, please note arrival times and directions below.
Driving and Carpooling
We have been in touch with many of you about carpooling up to the ranch. We need to minimize the number of cars being driven to the ranch as much as possible. Any cars driven to the ranch that we are not aware of will be left there and alternative transportation should be arranged to retrieve them.
For approved carpooling to Walker Creek Ranch, please consult these directions.
San Francisco Shuttle
Civic Center BART
- Shuttle departs Civic Center BART at 2:15pm
- The bus can not idle and will depart promptly. There will be no bike loading at this location. If you would like to bring a bike and use this pick up you must utilize our Thursday bike loading locations.
Jewish Community High School
- Shuttle departs JCHS at 2:40pm
- Bike loading starts at 1:45pm. Please arrive no later than 2:25pm.
- Carpool departs Milken Community High School at 9:00am
- Bike loading available
Hazon is excited to offer a thoughtful and well-rounded program for this year’s retreat. Thanks in advance to all of the participants who are presenting, teaching a session, leading a service, and sharing their interests and skills with the community!
Be sure to review the packing list for the Golden Gate Ride. All of your things should fit into one small piece of luggage. Our crew are transporting luggage each day of the ride, so please pack lightly. Our accommodations over the weekend will be rustic but clean and comfortable.
Only those with upgraded housing will be provided linens. All other participants must bring their own linens (sheets, blankets, or sleeping bag), pillow, and towel.
Be sure to invite your friends and family to our closing ceremonies from 2 PM to 3 PM on Monday May 27th at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay (1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA). We encourage you to bring people to join with us in celebrating a successful weekend and in honoring your accomplishments!
A Note from Volunteer Ride Co-Chairs Erica & Adam
Dear Hazon Community,
Ten days from now we will gather in the rolling hills of Marin to share our values of environmentalism, health, and sustainability in the Jewish world and beyond. We hope to be catalysts for positive change through the vitality generated from our cycling adventures, crew spirit, and engaging Shabbat programming. Gear up, bring your ruach(spirit), positivity, and openness — prepare to leave with a spark!
If we have not yet had the chance to meet, please make sure to come say hello to us – Adam and Erica – your friendly volunteer co-chairs for the 2013 Golden Gate Ride. Adam will be riding his spiffy new Trek bicycle and Erica will be supporting riders as an enthusiastic crew member. We both look forward to meeting friends new and old, spending time outside, soaking in the Shabbat sessions, and learning lots from the whole experience.
As the weekend approaches, please reach out to us if you have any questions – we’re here to help and support! We really don’t mind helping, in fact, that’s what we signed up for! Our emails are below.
As the ride draws near, we know many folks are working hard on their fundraising.We’ve found that NOW is the best time to make the push toward your goal.
Here are a few tips:
1. Reinventing the wheel is silly – check out Hazon’s fundraising tools for inspiration and more tips.
2. Make your appeals early, often, and personalized – photos, Facebook shoutouts, a phone call.
3. Follow up is key – many of your soon-to-be-donors just need a quick reminder.
4. Think about how you will say thank you. We plan to write personalized notecards with a photo from our weekend.
5. Use social media: Post about your excitement, your training, and your goals! Here’s a great example…
Lastly, as we get ready for the holiday of Shavuot we are reminded of the lessons from The Book of Ruth. This ancient text incorporates themes of peoplehood, responsibility, and the centrality of the harvest season. These ideas are on our minds as we make the final preparations for the ride, working toward an event with inclusivity and the shared responsibility for the sustainability of our communities. Wishing you a happy holiday and an awesome Golden Gate Ride weekend!
Adam Arenstein & Erica Hymen
2013 Hazon Golden Gate Ride Co-chairs
Thank you for joining Hazon’s Golden Gate Ride! It’s time to flex your fundraising muscles! This weekend we make your fundraising push. Cycle up that mountain if you will.
Fundraising is easier than you think, you just have to get started! Use Hazon’s tools to craft a fundraising plan that will have you reaching your fundraising goal:
- Don’t reinvent the wheel! Use our fundraising letter writing guide.
- Start this weekend! Vamp up your fundraising and send your appeal to no less than 40 friends, family, and coworkers.
- Veteran rider Yesh Ballon shares tricks of the fundraising trade.
- What are you riding for? Read about the winners of our Mini-Grant Awards
The biggest secret to successful fundraising is to ask everyone you know. Think you’ve exhausted your resources? We’ve got a list to help you think of new people to ask. To get a sense of how your whole community can support you in reaching your fundraising goal, consider this recipe for How to Raise $1000 in Eight Days:
- Donate $50 to yourself
- Ask 4 family members to donate $50
- Ask 10 friends to donate $20
- Ask 5 co-workers to donate $20
- Ask 5 neighbors to donate $15
- Ask 10 people from your synagogue to donate $15
- Ask your boss for a company donation of $100 (Ask if your company will match what you raise)
- Ask 5 businesses that you frequent – like your dry cleaner, hair stylist, or favorite restaurant – to donate $25
Yesh Ballon has been one the Golden Gate Ride’s highest fundraisers, participating in 4 rides in 3 years. What are the keys to his success?
Be Personal. Make your letter personal and specific to you. Tell your potential funders what the Ride is all about, and tell them why you’re so excited to do it. Consider writing personalized letters to different donors to address their specific needs.
Convey Your Enthusiasm. People are inspired by enthusiasm. Talk about the ride. Talk about your training and why you have decided to take on this challenge. Your enthusiasm is contagious — it will encourage your sponsors to be generous in their support.
Be Specific. Include your fundraising goal, and make it ambitious. Put it in bold! The more you ask for, the more people give. Share what your personal financial commitment will be. People are often inspired to see your personal financial commitment and might even be willing to match it. “In addition to training, I am pledging $500 towards my fundraising goal.” Ask for a specific amount and aim high. Say “Please consider a gift of $180”—they can choose to do so, or choose to give you more/less.
Thank your donors. Buy a nice box of thank you notes (environmental or bike theme optional) and hand write–yes, with a pen–a thank you note immediately after each pledge is received, and put it in the snail mail that very day. People will become loyal supporters!
“Thank you for once again being a great support to me and Hazon. This marks my fifth ride—one in Israel and now four in California. I am increasingly impressed by Hazon’s mission and the people engaged in it. Your gift makes their work possible.”
A portion of the fundraising from this year’s ride will be made available as small grants for Jewish and environmental projects on the West Coast. We’re pleased to announce this year’s winners!
13% of YOUR fundraising goes to support these amazing projects:
The MCHS Urban Farm Co-op, initiated with help from a Hazon grant two years ago, is a sustainable gardening and food justice initiative at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles. The Co-op plans to expand its garden to a minimum of thirty-six pallets across campus, continuing to connect students to their food sources, to the earth, and to their own potential.
Congregation Beth Sholom seeks to enhance and build upon its existing garden and landscape for our preschool and Hebrew school students, parents, and congregants. Further developing our small outdoor garden will build community around the shared experience of nurturing life and growing the food that is central to so many of the Jewish traditions we celebrate.
The Nosh Niche is a Jewish cooking project embedded within Jewish LearningWorks’ Shalom Discovery family engagement initiative. The Nosh Niche brings to life issues of food justice and farm-to-table Jewish values cooking lessons, discussion guides, and take-home recipes, along with a cooking feature on our website.
Kehillah seeks to revamp, expand, and improve its small school garden, which was funded and built by a student-led initiative last year. This garden has already begun contributing produce to Kehillah’s meals program, which feeds about 100 people per day with delicious vegetarian food. By growing the garden’s size, as well as its uses on campus, Kehillah can cut down on its food miles, improving overall campus sustainability while also serving as a valuable learning tool.
Being in San Francisco, with limited outdoors space, we have been grappling with how to include natural sciences with a focus on ecology to our children and families. This year we have been successful with outdoor education programs such as walking trips through the nearby Presidio and Family Education in Golden Gate Park with a naturalist. Through this project, we hope to bring tanks with natural habitats for animals as well as grow lights and indoor gardening to all of our classrooms.
Peninsula Temple Beth El Green Team
Holistic cooking classes through the ages and stages of life. The classes will focus on various temple groups that will impact our youngest members through our seniors. The emphasis will be to introduce to the audiences the importance of choosing healthy, sustainable ingredients, eating in the season, the nutrients in food and our food supply chain.
On the weekend of May 3-4, Jewish communities read the Torah portion of Behar, which contains the teachings of Shmita. To honor the Shmita values of abundance, resiliency, and redistribution, Hazon invites you to join us for a full day of great events on May 5, 2013 in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA.
In the spirit of Shmita, we are offering most aspects of this community day on the basis of donations, though some of the workshops may cost money. Please share what you can.
Urban Adamah – 1050 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Exchange Market – 1:00 – 5:00pm
Do you have perfectly usable items lying around your house that you no longer use? Let other community members enjoy them, and find other items you need. Clothing, books, toys, childcare items, kitchen appliances, electronics, tools, art, plants/seeds, etc…Donate what you can and receive what you need!
If you’d like to make a gift of your time by volunteering before or during the afternoon events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Skillshare – 2:00 – 5:00pm
Backyard Chickens @ 2pm
Worm Composting @ 3pm
Come celebrate and explore the art of creative homesteading through a community skillshare. We’re offering workshops on backyard gardening, chickens, and worm composting.
Have a skill to offer? Home-brewing? Fiber Crafts? Cheese-making? Please email email@example.com to offer your skill!
As the Shmita year approaches (once every 7 years) we are encouraged to give the land a rest by refraining from planting or sewing our fields. Ever wonder what can we eat when our fields are to lie fallow? Did you know that the Bay Area has top notch wild edible and medicinal plants growing plentifully right at our feet? Join ethnobotanist and herbalist Jolie Lonner Egert on a fun, inspiring, guided walk to explore our local plants, their uses and stories.
Jolie Lonner Egert is an herbalist, field botanist and ecologist. Jolie is the Principal at Go Wild Consulting a company that fosters healthy ecosystems and our connections to them. She has helped thousands of people deepen their connection to nature. She completed her Master’s degree at Humboldt State University where she researched the sustainable harvest of medicinal plants. She currently teaches at College of Marin, Gathering Thyme School of Botanical Wisdom and Philo School of Herbal Energetics. More info at gowildconsulting.com
Discover how the Israel Ride can be your next adventure
Kol Emeth Yom Yisrael Festival
Sunday, April 28th, 10:30am – 1:30pm
What does it feel like to cycle on the Israel Ride? Come to the fourth and final family-friendly Kol Emeth Yom Yisrael Festival. Learn about the Arava region of Israel and how riding through the Negev desert on the Israel Ride can help improve regional cooperation and solve the Negev’s environmental challenges!
- Work in the Arava Medical Center
- Meet animals of the desert
- Harvest and sample Israeli produce
- Visit Ben Gurion’s grave
- Learn about Bedouin-Jewish joint projects
- Study about water in the desert
- Splash in the Dead Sea
- Enjoy a falafel lunch
FREE for Religious School Students & Parents
$10 for other Kol Emeth Members & Guests
(Falafel lunch included!)
Bring your friends with you | All are welcome at this event
Thank you for coming to the first Bay Area Hazon Jewish Food Festival at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco! We hope you left with a smile, full stomach, and most of all, a new perspective on the intersection of food, sustainability, and Jewish life.
While they are still fresh in your mind, we are interested in hearing your thoughts and impressions and encourage you to fill in the survey provided below. It should take no more than 5 minutes of your time and your feedback is invaluable to our planning of future Hazon programs here in the Bay Area. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful feedback!
What’s next for Hazon? Learn about a few of our upcoming events below. We hope you’ll join us again soon!
All the best,
Deborah Newbrun, Hazon Bay Area Director
Alli Rosen, Food Justice Fellow
In this email:
How Did We Do? Take the Survey.
Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey. We’d love to hear about your highlights and your feedback is extremely important to us for the purposes of improving future Jewish Food Festivals. Your responses on this survey will be shared with our partners and funders to demonstrate the impact Hazon’s food work is having in the Bay Area.
Our short survey should take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Thank you in advance for providing thoughtful feedback!
You had a great time at the Hazon Jewish Food Festival, and we’ve got it all on camera! Take a
look at the picture album on Flikr! If you took any photos while at the festival, we’d love to see them! Email them to Alli Rosen and we’ll add them to the photo album.
We thank and acknowledge the participation of this growing list of community groups and foundations supporting this year’s Hazon Jewish Food Festival:
JCCSF, Urban Adamah, AJWS, Camp Tawonga, Wilderness Torah, Fair Trade Judaica, Moishe House, Upstart, Bend the Arc, Keshet, The Kitchen, Rodef Shalom, Beth El Berkeley, David B. Gold Foundation, Doug and Lisa Goldman Fund, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties.
What’s Next for Hazon?
Hazon’s California office has been located in downtown San Francisco since 2009. We strive to bring Hazon’s unique perspectives on Judaism and the environment to the Bay Area in engaging and innovative ways, dedicating ourselves to building a more just and sustainable food system for everyone.
Here are a few upcoming events. We hope to see you soon!
April 1, 2013: Food Justice Passover
Slavery and liberation, a thing of the past or a modern dilemma? Mix and mingle with traditions
new and old in an interactive Passover experience. Join this non-seder, discussion-based Passover celebration!
The event will feature space for conversation, rituals, meeting people and connecting to Jewish community; opportunities to connect ancient Passover themes with current food justice issues and campaigns, Jewish and food justice learning with wisdom from community teachers, vegetarian, ethically produced, chametz-free Passover dinner and wine (with fair wages for cooks & farmers)
Monday, April 1st 2013
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
San Francisco Friends School – 250 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Sliding scale, $25–$36. Please contribute what you can.
Register online. Pre-registration is highly encouraged as this event will sell out again this year.
This event is brought to you by American Jewish World Service, Hazon and The Kitchen, and is co-sponsored by our friends at AJWS Global Circle, Bend the Arc and Urban Adamah.
Memorial Day Weekend May 24-27, 2013: Golden Gate Ride
The Hazon Golden Gate Ride is a fully-supported fundraising ride and community experience, now in its 4th year. Enjoy delicious local food, educational workshops, and fun outdoor activities while learning about and supporting Jewish environmental causes. This year’s Ride takes you along the edge of Tomales Bay and Point Reyes National Seashore, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and into San Francisco.
The Ride raises money for Hazon’s innovate programming across the Bay Area, including our Food Festival, educational initiatives, and sustainable practice toolkits for Jewish institutions. The Ride also supports projects & programs of our partners across the region.