Jewish Food Education Network
For 3,000 years, Jewish tradition has grappled with what is fit- kosher- for us to eat. Today, questions about food have become ever more complicated as we come up against changing nutritional news, the use of chemical pesticides, and industrial farming. Health issues such as obesity and environmental damage are intrinsically connected to our personal and national food choices. In order to empower educators and individuals to teach these topics through a Jewish lens Hazon has created the Jewish Food Education Network (JFEN).
JFEN is a way for educators all over North America to connect with, share and learn from each other with the help of Hazon’s innovative food education resources and support.
JFEN Membership is open to all, whether you’re a full time Jewish educator or an individual looking to connect to a larger community.
JFEN is an invaluable experience for the next generation. Hazon has put so much time and care into creating amazing resources that can be used in all types of learning environments.JFEN Member
JFEN Educator Resources
Whether you have been teaching for 2 months or 20 years, or if you’re an educational director at a synagogue, a Jewish camp counselor, or a parent who wants to teach their kids at home, you can benefit from Hazon’s educator resources.
Hazon Curicula, Source Books, Program Ideas, and Activities
Hazon has developed a diverse library of curricula and source books that can be used in the classroom, at home, or as experiential programs. Our tools are geared towards various age groups and have been used in Synagogues, Day Schools, JCCs, and Camps around the world.
A 130-page sourcebook that draws on texts from within and beyond Jewish traditions to explore a range of topics relating to Jews and food.
A student curriculum for students grades 5-9 to explore the relationship between Jewish texts, traditions, and practices and the food we eat. Includes family programs to further develop these issues.
A guide to help plan Shabbat meals, from thinking about what to serve to bringing insightful Jewish learning to your Shabbat table. In partnership with NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.
A health and cooking program which draws upon Jewish tradition to address challenges of maintaining a healthy diet in today’s world. Piloting in residential summer camps.
Four-part series of cooking classes for new and expectant parents that gives parents tools to strengthen Jewish life as their family grows. Piloting in Brooklyn, NY.
A middle-school program that uses family dinners as a strategy to reclaim and strengthen Jewish family life. Piloting in San Francisco, CA.
A list of every session ever run at the Food Conference, organized by track. These session descriptions can be used to jumpstart your thinking as you are planning Jewish food programming in your community, whether it is a single evening session or a full-day extravaganza.
This short activity helps illustrate the process to make challah, from the soil to your mouth.
Fair Food is an enlightening and inspiring guide to changing not only what we eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, and sold. Use this book club discussion guide to help frame the conversation through a Jewish lens.
JFEN Educator Newsletter and Listserv
Our bi-weekly newsletter keeps members informed about new resources and highlights exciting programs and resources from the world of Jewish Food Education.
Being a part of the listserv allows educators to keep in contact with each other and to keep up on all JFEN updates, special offers and other network news.
JFEN Educator Training Webinars are held bi-monthly throughout the year. The trainings allow educators to continue their professional development on food and environmental issues through the lens of Jewish traditions and texts.
Training calls are typically schedule 4 weeks in advance of a major holiday, and we will share resources and collaborate with each other to enhance your programs or lessons relating to that chag. Educators are encouraged to discuss and share ideas. Hazon staff and guest educators facilitate the discussion, but these calls aim to provide an open forum for educators.
- Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – 1:00pm est/10:00am pst – Chanukkah
- Thursday, January 3, 2013 – 1:00pm est/10:00am pst – Tu B’Shvat
- Thursday, February 28, 2013 – 1:00pm est/10:00am pst – Passover
- Thursday, April 16, 2013 – 1:00pm est/10:00am pst – Shavuot
- Thursday, June 13, 2013 – 1:00pm est/10:00am pst
JFEN gathering at the Hazon Food Conference
Each year, JFEN members gather at the Hazon Food Conference and have an opportunity to meet face to face and share successes, challenges, and build community.
JFEN members on Facebook can be a part of our active Facebook Group, to connect with each other and share interesting ideas in our virtual community.
To learn more about JFEN and our other educational resources, please contact email@example.com