[Newsletter] April 26 – Bike the Berkshires

Bike the Berkshires!

New York Ride & Retreat, August 31st – September 3rd

Prices Rising May 5th

[Image: Cycling through the woods]Don’t have plans for Labor Day? Join us for our 12th Annual New York Ride to get in shape and get inspired! The weekend includes two relaxing days at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, where you can hike, relax by the lake, visit the goats, and meet Jewish farmers at the center of the Jewish Food Movement.  Then ride with us through the colorful and picturesque countryside, past Moon on the Pond Farm, Tyringham Cobble, antique shops, and the irreplaceable country charm of the Southern Berkshires. Whether you’ve ridden before, or never, and whether you’re coming for the inclusive and diverse Jewish community, delicious kosher sustainable food, or the fun for all ages, this is the year to join us! Registration prices increase on May 5th.  Don’t delay – register today!

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Apply For a Mini-Grant!

Hazon wants to help you and your community to make the world healthier and more sustainable. Apply for a mini-grant today! Individuals and small organizations may apply. View full eligibility details.

Projects may focus on any of the following areas:

  • The connection between Judaism and the environment
  • Transportation alternatives to driving
  • Climate change
  • Food justice
  • Sustainable food
  • Farming and gardening

Applications Due May 15th. More Information.

Eating for the Seasons

[Image: Wilderness First Aidt]By Susie Speer

Any premeditated thought given to how and what we eat is, in my opinion, one form of modern day kashrut. The meaning of “kashrut” is “fit,” i.e., that which is fit to eat. I choose to interpret “fit” as providing nourishment for the purpose of sustenance, longevity and overall sense of well-being. Paying attention to what I eat is something that I do to make me “fit.” In addition to how and what we eat, attention is also given to when we eat certain foods — traditionally, we wait a minimum of six hours after eating meat and before eating dairy. Likewise, there are times of the year when certain foods or dishes are naturally more favored than others.

Having lived in Evergreen, Colorado for exactly 8 years now, I’ve noticed that the seasons of the year (when certain foods are grown) heavily influence how I cook and of course what my family eats.

Continue Reading “Eating for the Season…”

We’re Not an Israel Organization, But…

[Image: Photo Alt]How do Jewish organizations with missions that are not Israel-focused relate to Israel? How should they? As professionals with our own strong feelings, how do we relate to those questions?

Thursday, May 3rd, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Makom Hadash, 125 Maiden Lane, Suite 8B, New York, NY
Kosher vegetarian lunch included.

$15, free to Makom Hadash members
A program of Siach and Makom Hadash


Help Fund Sustainable Food Education Cross the Country Through Jewcer.com

Hazon is honored to be in the first class of jewcer.com projects for the sustainable food curriculum we are developing for our upcoming Hazon Cross-USA Ride. Jewcer.com is a crowdfunding platform for projects, ideas, and causes benefiting the global Jewish community and Israel. Please visit our project on Jewcer for more details on how to support this work. Every dollar counts!

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Inside the Activists’ Studio 2012

Finding Your Voice in a Global Movement

Join us to learn from and be energized by local Jewish change-makers and to celebrate the multitude of ways we are working to create a more just world.

May 20th, 3 – 8 PM
The Elisabeth Irwin High School
40 Charlton Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY
$8-18, sliding scale.

Inside the Activists’ Studio 2012 will help us explore the parameters of a global movement and find our place as Jewish social justice activists within it. Learn tools to help reflect on what’s most important to you, amplify your voice, and participate in a meaningful way in the global effort towards a more just world.

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LABA Festival: Blueprint at 14th St Y

Featuring “Watershed (Fish on 14th Street)”

14th Street Y, May 17th – 19th

The LABA festival is an annual event put on by LABA: House of Study, an inclusive Beit Midrash for culture-makers at the 14th Street Y. This year the House of Study selected 10 artist fellows and engaged them in the theme of BLUEPRINT, an investigation into the function of spaces and places in ancient Jewish texts. As part of this festival and across Y programming, LABA artist fellow, Anita Glesta, will be showing her captivating and hauntingly beautiful work, Watershed (Fish on 14th Street).

Watershed (Fish on 14th Street), is a multi-media public artwork that aims to build awareness and educate community members in and around NYC about water ecology, which is of the utmost importance for a city surrounded by water.

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Registration Open for Teva Seminar and Jewcology Leadership Training

Jewcology is partnering with the Teva Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education to bring back our engaging and effective Leadership Training. In 2011, nearly 50 Jewish environmental leaders were empowered to tell their stories and the stories of their communities, and to motivate their communities to meaningful, shared action.

Save now when you register for BOTH the Teva Seminar and the Jewcology Leadership Training!

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