Jews, Food, and Contemporary Life
As Jews, we’ve been thinking about kashrut – about what is “fit” to eat – for nearly 3,000 years. And a growing number of people today realize that our food choices have significant ramifications – for ourselves, our families and the world around us. Hazon stands at the forefront of a new Jewish Food Movement, leading Jews to think more broadly and deeply about our own food choices. We’re using food as a platform to create innovative Jewish educational programs; to touch people’s lives directly; to strengthen Jewish institutions; and in the broadest sense to create healthier, richer and more sustainable Jewish communities. Hazon’s food-related work consists of the following programs, each of which engages the Jewish community in thinking, learning and acting around food issues.
Follow the links below to find out more information about Hazon’s programs and download resources to use in your community
The annual gathering of the New Jewish Food Movement! Join chefs, educators, rabbis, and foodies to learn about social justice, food ethics, Jewish values, and more. Dec 6-9, 2012
Community-Supported Agricultureconnects communities to a local farm, providing seasonal produce to members and steady income to the farmer. Now in 60 sites.
A week-long tour to explore the food movement in Israel, held in conjunction with the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership. Returning 2013
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 leadership training program for 11th and 12th graders to learn and work towards building a healthy and sustainable community. Piloting in Westchester, NY.
Greening Your Shabbat Table: tips for serving up a sustainable seventh-day meal
Work with your synagogue community to serve healthier and more sustainable food at Kiddush and synagogue events.
Program ideas, menu suggestions, and tips for making the most of this season of teshuva (return to our best selves).
From sukkah decorations to menu suggestions, we’ll help you, your family, and your community have a sustainable sukkot this year.
The New Year of the Trees offers endless possibilities for environmentally-themed programming. Download our Haggadah, Leader’s Guide, watch a G!d Cast and more.
Sustainable celebration ideas for one of the wackiest holidays in the Jewish calendar, from mishloach manot suggestions to party ideas
What’s on your seder plate? Healthy and sustainable tips for leaving Mitzrayim.
Indulge in sustainable dairy delights and pick up some great resources for your all-night study this Shavuot!
Tips on how to green your Hanukkah celebration, as well as new takes on classic recipes!
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 portal for educators to connect, share, and learn from each other with the help of Hazon’s innovative food education resources and support. JFEN members can access Hazon educational materials through JFEN Online Member Central, become part of an educator listserv, are invited to webinar training calls.
A pocket blessing card for everyday mindfulness, gratitude, and extraordinary moments. Distribute these cards in your community for members to slip into their wallets or purses and use everyday. You can even customize the cards with your institutions logo.
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 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.
Use this guide to support your institution in making healthy and sustainable food choices. For lay leaders and professionals.
An easy-to-use assessment tool that helps you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your institution’s policies and practices for promoting food sustainability and justice in seven main categories and develop an action plan.
We have developed a list of food values that we strive to reach when we are planning food at all Hazon events, programs, and meetings. We hope that these values and reports of putting the values in action will inspire your community to take further steps to make healthier and more sustainable choices.
What should “Kosher Meat” mean in the 21st century? Where is the intersection between kashrut laws, Jewish business ethics, and our modern, Jewish, environmental values?
Work to pass the next Farm Bill is happening now. Nigel Savage, Executive Director of Hazon, believes it is important for you to act.