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Review for Hazon Inc, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with Hazon when I attended its first Jewish food conference in 2006. I was changing careers going from the Jewish community to becoming a personal chef, and was thrilled to find a conference that would meld my previous and new careers. I met such interesting people and had such a great time, that when I was asked to help plan the 2008 conference, it was a no-brainer. Hazon is one of the only places (I believe) in the Jewish world where people of all denominations, from the most Orthodox to the most secular, can peacefully coexist. That is no small thing. It also attracts people who are interested in the same things I am (Judaism, but with an environmental bent). The issue of a sustainable food system is not addressed by most mainstream Jewish organizations, and given our rules about food, and the way food is such an important part of Jewish culture, it's upsetting that Hazon is the only one. But at least it exists.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It's been really exciting to see people who attend the conference wonder what they can do next, as in composting, recycling, joining a CSA, etc. At last year's conference, we brought home a sourdough starter that is still going.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Awesome people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I served on the executive committee planning the 2008 Jewish food conference, and am doing the same for this year's conference.
 

Review for Wilderness Torah, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have now attended three events with Wilderness Torah (two Sukkots, one Shavuot). I think this organization is doing a great job of appealing to those of us who are already involved in the Jewish community, and those who are not. Combining Judaism and the environment is a natural (see the success of Jewish summer camps) but it should not end when we are adults. I can't wait to see where this organization goes as it continues to grow. More communities need something like it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting fantastic people who are interested in the same things I am.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide similar experiences in Jewish communities around the country, providing access to many more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I camped out in community celebrating Jewish holidays.