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Phone: 212-644-2323
45 West 36th Street
8th Floor

New York
New York 10018

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Programs: Hazon is best known for a series of Jewish Environmental Bike Rides, in New York, Washington DC, and Israel which have raised over $2.4 million and given grants of over $1 million to Jewish environmental projects over the past six years. They bring together a remarkably diverse group of Jewish people, foster people's Jewish journeys, and inspire participants. This year, our 7th New York Ride attracted 320 participants, more than eight times as many as our first Ride in 2001, from a wide range of ages and religious backgrounds. Our DC Ride launched on Earth Day 2007 and we had nearly 100 participants. In May, we had 175 participants on our week-long Israel Ride, from Jerusalem to the southern tip of Israel. In 2008 we will be adding an Israel Hike along Shvil Yisrael, Israel?s National Trail. These health-promoting and Jewishly-inclusive bike rides and hike complement Hazon?s food work: Hazon is at the forefront of an emerging national movement at the intersection of food and Jewish life. Hazon's food programs include: Tuv Ha'Aretz, our Jewish Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program; Min Ha'Aretz, a day school food curriculum; Food for Thought, an adult curriculum; JCarrot.org, an award winning blog on Jews, food and contemporary food issues with 500 unique users a month, and the Food Conference including chefs, farmers, educators, foodies, and food enthusiasts which attracted 150 participants in 2006 and 242 in 2007 with a waiting list of many more people eager to participate. The past year has seen demonstrable growth in Hazon's food work. In 2004 Hazon launched Tuv Ha'Aretz, the first Jewish CSA project in North America. Tuv Ha?Aretz began with one congregation in New York in 2004 and expanded to ten sites by 2007: Houston; New York City; Long Island, NY; West Orange, NJ; Washington, DC; Berkeley; Atlanta; Philadelphia; St. Paul; and Israel. In 2008, we will be up to 18 CSAs with new sites in: Chicago; Los Angeles; New York City; Lancaster; PA, San Francisco; Vancouver B.C.; Washington D.C.; and White Plains, NY. The partnering farmer is supported by a stable base of customers and members receive delicious, organic produce once a week from their synagogue or JCC for the entire growing season. Additionally, CSA relationships provide hands-on educational opportunities for families. Now encompassing an annual food conference for Tuv Ha'Aretz volunteers and sustainable cooking enthusiasts, a family curriculum for Jewish elementary schools, an adult food curriculum, and the JCarrot blog, Hazon is at the forefront of a new Jewish food movement.

We are reaching a tipping point in terms of environmental awareness. Not only did the beginning of 2007 see the unveiling of the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change but 2006 was the year of The Omnivore''s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation the movie. This conversation has only begun moving into the Jewish community and the bulk of Hazon''s work centers around the intersection of these issues as they intersect a traditional set of Jewish concerns around the health and sustainability of the Jewish community. On one hand, Hazon builds community, develops leadership and builds innovative partnerships around contemporary issues which affect the world as a whole, and on the other hand engages people within a pluralistic but distinctly Jewish context involving prayer, text, tzedakah and practice. Between these two tensions, Hazon ultimately reframes what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

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Hazon deals with Contemporary Food Issues, Judaism, Sustainability and much more regarding the Environment and Food Issues. Last year annual conference filled up in November... more »
I have been involved with Hazon for a few years now and have found to be a wonderful organization, consisting of a terrific community and promoting an important message. I have participated in Hazon's NY Jewish Environmental Bike Ride for the past two years, and a number of other local rides and ... more »
Just about a year ago I was planning to attend the 2008 Hazon Food Conference. This was the first I had heard of Hazon and here I was propelled into the heart of the Jewish food movement with the help of a scholarship from Birthright Israel NEXT. As a student of naturopathic medicine and a new ... more »
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