[Newsletter] February 8 – Trading Laptops for Blacktops

Trading Laptops for Blacktops

by Eric Altman, Cross-USA Rider

[Image:Eric Altman]Over the past ten years, I’ve surrounded myself with several entrepreneurial ventures and while it is exciting working with a talented team of business people, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and investors that believe in pushing status quo, it has proved to be all consuming. So with all the meetings, conference calls and daily challenges, I looked at my calendar to see when would be an ideal time to unplug, rejuvenate, expand and grow…

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Grab Life By the Handlebars!

Now is the time to arrange your summer plans so you can join Eric and an amazing group of riders for the ten most spectacular weeks of your life. Cycle with the Cross-USA Ride from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC in support of sustainable food systems.

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Today is Tu, Tu, Tu, Tu B’Shvat!

The New Year of the Trees

[Image: The Tree Song]Hazon would like to wish you a joyous Tu B’Shvat. Tu B’Shvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט) marks the “New Year of the Trees” (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות, Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot). Start celebrating and watch this video with your friends, family, or officemates!

Hazon Tu B’Shvat Events:

Don’t Miss Out: Prices Rising for Hazon California and New York Rides

Prices rise on February 16th. Register today!

A beautiful ride from Sonoma County to San Francisco Cycle for two days through the Hudson Valley into Manhattan.
[Image: Cycling Mountainside] [Image: Over the Bridge]
California Ride & Retreat

May 10-13, 2012

New York Ride & Retreat

August 31-September 3, 2012

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Pinot & Pomegranate – TONIGHT!

The Best Tu B’Shvat Party in NYC

[Image: Pinot and Pomegranate]Wednesday, February 8, 2012

8 PM – 12 AM

Roulette Intermedium

509 Atlantic Ave. at 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY

$24 at the door

Includes drinks, dessert, live music

Dietary laws observed

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The New York Ride and Retreat Returns to Isabella Freedman

[Image: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center]This year, the New York Ride & Retreat will be hosted at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center!

If you’ve never been to Freedman, you’re in for a treat! Home to the Adamah program, the sprawling site hosts an organic farm with orchards, permaculture planting, bees, chickens, and ducks. The dining hall prepares amazing delicious, local, sustainable kosher food—using pickles, jams, and goat cheese that are made on site, as well as produce from the farm. The center hugs a beautiful lake you can walk around and borders on miles of hiking trails in the rugged Berkshire hills.

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Siach: An Environment and Social Justice Conversation

Applications Open for 2nd Annual Siach Conference

[Image: Siach]June 15-18, 2012

Ohalo Manor on the Kinneret, Israel

Siach, an Environment and Social Justice Conversation, brings together committed activists from across Israel, North America, and Europe.

Flight and registration subsidies are available.

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Jewish Food Education Ensures our Future

By Daniel Infeld, Hazon Institutional Advancement Associate

[Image: Jewish Food Education Network]The Jewish people have had food at the forefront of our consciousness for over 3,000 years. Whether we were determining if something is “fit” to eat (kosher), gathering around the seder table to recall and recreate our history, or noshing and schmoozing at kiddush, food has been and will remain a centerpiece of our communities.

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Local Events and Features

from our Partners and Friends


Hazon Hosts Wilderness First Aid Class

[Image: Wilderness First Aidt]March 22-23, 2012, 8 AM – 5 PM

BJE (Bureau of Jewish Education)

639 14th Ave., San Francisco

Wilderness first aid is the specific discipline of First Aid which relates to care in remote areas, where emergency medical services will be difficult to obtain or will take a long time to arrive.

Hazon is partnering with Foster Calm to offer a WFA class with lots of hands-on skills practice. The emphasis is on making good decisions by staying calm and safe, doing a good patient assessment, and having good communication and leadership. We will spend a little time framing this course in Jewish texts and teachings.

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Green Synaplex Shabbat

A Shabbat Celebrating Our Jewish Environmental Roots

Friday, February 10th, 7:45 PM

Temple Beth El

1700 Alameda de las Pulgas

San Mateo, CA

Deborah Newbrun, Bay Area Director of Hazon will speak about the Environmental Wisdom of the Torah, from Bal Taschit to Shmittah.

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COEJL Launches Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign

[Image: COEJL]The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) announced Monday that a diverse group of community leaders has joined its Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign by signing the “Jewish Environment and Energy Imperative” declaration. Rabbis from the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Renewal movements and other communal leaders set the goal of significantly lowering greenhouse-gas emissions, advocating for energy independence and security, and reducing the Jewish community’s energy consumption 14% by 2014.

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Kayam Farm Beit Midrash: Shmittah and Society

An inspirational Shabbaton filled with learning, celebration and groundbreaking Jewish thought

[Image: Kayam Farm Beit Midrasht]Friday, March 9 – Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center

Reisterstown, MD

Join an intergenerational, pluralistic community of Jewish farmers, rabbis, educators, scholars and consumers from across the country.

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[Image: First Annual Shmittah Summit]First Annual Shmittah Summit

March 12-13, 2012

Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center

5425 Mt. Gilead Road

Reisterstown, MD

Join grassroots activists and top leaders for two days of compelling Jewish learning, community organizing, action and advocacy.

Co-sponsored by Hazon

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Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods

with Wilderness Torah

[Image: Tu B'Shvat at Wilderness Torah]Sunday, February 12, 2012

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Redwood Regional Park

Enjoy sitting amongst our elders, the great Redwoods, as Wilderness Torah celebrates Tu B’Shvat, through a Kabbalistic four worlds seder in the morning and text study, plant walks, and activities in the afternoon.

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Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

[Image: Do Not Destroyt]An Exclusive Discounted Offer

February 16 – May 28, 2012

Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, is a provocative and thoughtful two-part exhibition that explores the subject of the tree in both contemporary art and in Jewish tradition, offering fresh perspectives on our connection to the natural world.

The CJM is pleased to extend an exclusive two-for-one Museum admission offer.

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A Conversation with Michael Pollan

[Image: Michael Pollan Flier]February 29, 2012, 7:30 PM

The Paramount Theatre

1621 Glenarm Place, Denver

Michael Pollan is author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Rules: an Eater’s Manual, and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

Ticket purchases will go to support Ekar Farm.

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