In This Email
- Trading Laptops for Blacktops
- Today is Tu, Tu, Tu, Tu B’Shvat!
- Don’t Miss Out: Prices Rising for Hazon California and New York Rides
- Pinot & Pomegranate: The Best Tu B’Shvat Party in NYC!
- The New York Ride and Retreat Returns to Isabella Freedman
- Applications Open for 2nd Annual Siach Conference
- Jewish Food Education Ensures our Future
- Local Events and Features from our Partners and Friends
by Eric Altman, Cross-USA Rider
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…
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.
The New Year of the Trees
Hazon would like to wish you a joyous Tu B’Shvat. Tu B’Shvat (Hebrew: ×˜×´×• ×‘×©×‘×˜) marks the “New Year of the Trees” (Hebrew: ×¨××© ×”×©× ×” ×œ××™×œ× ×•×ª, Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot). Start celebrating and watch this video with your friends, family, or officemates!
Hazon Tu B’Shvat Events:
- TONIGHT! Pinot & Pomegranate: The Best Tu B’Shvat Party in NYC, Wednesday, February 8th, NYC
- Tu B’Shvat Happenings in Denver and Boulder, Colorado
- Wilderness Torah’s Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods, February 12th, Oakland, CA
- Birthright Israel NEXT has an interactive map of events going on across the USA.
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.
|California Ride & Retreat
May 10-13, 2012
|New York Ride & Retreat
August 31-September 3, 2012
The Best Tu B’Shvat Party in NYC
8 PM – 12 AM
509 Atlantic Ave. at 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY
$24 at the door
Includes drinks, dessert, live music
Dietary laws observed
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 foodâ€”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.
Applications Open for 2nd Annual Siach Conference
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.
By Daniel Infeld, Hazon Institutional Advancement Associate
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.
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.
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.
COEJL Launches Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign
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.
Kayam Farm Beit Midrash: Shmittah and Society
An inspirational Shabbaton filled with learning, celebration and groundbreaking Jewish thought
Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center
Join an intergenerational, pluralistic community of Jewish farmers, rabbis, educators, scholars and consumers from across the country.
March 12-13, 2012
Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center
5425 Mt. Gilead Road
Join grassroots activists and top leaders for two days of compelling Jewish learning, community organizing, action and advocacy.
Co-sponsored by Hazon
Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods
with Wilderness Torah
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.
Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
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.
A Conversation with Michael Pollan
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.