[Newsletter] January 18 – Plan your California Getaway

Plan your California Getaway to the California Ride

Winter got you down?

[Image: Golden Gate Bridge]Winter got you down?  Make plans now that will brighten your horizon: register for the Hazon California Ride and Retreat, May 10-13, 2012, and count down the days till spring! The California Ride and Retreat includes two days of cycling through the stunning scenery of Sonoma County and over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.  It’s a great way to see a different part of the country!

**Early bird registration prices end February 16th**

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Come to our Ride Info Night in New York City on January 23rd for route highlights for all four of our 2012 Rides.

Ride to Ocean Beach from Four Points around San Francisco!

[Image: Ocean Beach]
Ride to beautiful Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Sunday, January 29, 2012

Start in one of four neighborhoods around the Bay Area and ride together with your neighborhood team to meet up with other riders at the edge of the ocean. Lunch, celebrating, and treasure hunts may ensue…

Ride for FREE

Rides leave between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM, arriving at Ocean Beach by 12:30 PM.

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Apply for funding for your environmental project!

If you are working on an innovative Jewish environmental project, submit an online application by January 31st and you’ll be considered among a pool of applicants to receive a mini-grant from the 2012 California Ride.  Learn more about the mini-grant process and guidelines.

Photo of Ocean Beach by jeffc5000, licensed under Creative Commons.



Resources for a Fun, Meaningful Tu B’Shvat

Tu B’Shvat begins Sundown on February 7, 2012

[Image: Bicycle Menorah]Tu B’Shvat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט) is a minor Jewish holiday in the Hebrew month of Shvat, usually sometime in late January or early February, that marks the “New Year of the Trees” (Hebrew: ראש  ×”שנה   לאילנות, Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot‎). Tu B’Shvat is one of four “New Years” mentioned in the Mishnah. Customs include planting trees and eating dried fruits and nuts, especially figs, dates, raisins, carob, and almonds. In Israel, the flowering of the almond tree, which grows wild around the country, coincides with Tu B’shvat. Learn more about Tu B’Shvat.

Download Hazon’s Tu B’Shvat Haggadah, Seder Leader’s Guide, Family Seder, and more!


Pinot and Pomegranate

The Best Tu B’Shvat Party in NYC

[Image: Photo Alt]Wednesday, February 8th

8 PM – 12 AM

Roulette Intermedium,

509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

$18 advance, $24 at the door

Includes drinks, dessert, live music

Dietary laws observed

Wine and dine, explore the spiritual and environmental themes of this quirky Jewish holiday, and mingle with the Jewish communities of New York.

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[Image: Photo Alt]Taste of Hazon

A Culinary Celebration of Tu B’Shvat

Featuring Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

National Museum of American Jewish History

Gala Ballroom

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia

Cocktails at 5:45 PM

Program and Dinner at 6:45 PM

Multi-Course Feast in the Spirit of Tu B’Shvat.

Live auction, musical performances featuring Chana Rothman and Matt Bar, and more.

Business chic attire

Dietary laws observed

More Information | Event Tickets | Sponsorship & Ticket Packages

Colorado Food News

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Hazon Staff, Juliet Glaser and Anna Hanau, will be teaching at Limmud Colorado this Sunday, January 22nd as part of the conference’s brand new “Food, Health & Wellbeing” track. Limmud Colorado brings together Jews from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region, and beyond to teach, learn, and experience Judaism in fun, innovative ways. Register for Limmud.

Mark your calendar!

Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit, April 29, 2012 – Boulder, Colorado University Memorial Center at CU Boulder – More Information


Chewing on Food Justice

The Farm Bill & You

[Image: Photo Alt]Pursue invites you to learn about the Farm Bill with American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Director of Advocacy, Timi Gerson, on Monday, January 30th.

This is event is brought to you by Pursue and co-sponsored by our friends at AJWS Global Circle, Hazon, Jewish Farm School, and Food & Water Watch.

More Information and Registration



A Jewish Conversation on Social Justice

[Image: Photo Alt]Siach, an Environment and Social Justice Conversation, brings together committed activists from across Israel, North America, and Europe. This video, produced by Leadel, is from the first conference held last year. Leadel speaks with conference participants about their social justice missions.

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Kosher Weight Loss and Fitness

A Plan for Your Life!

A program of Hazon and Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.

[Image: Photo Alt]Would you like to weigh less and have more energy? Do you need coffee, energy drinks, and snacks to make it through the day? Do you eat to calm yourself or alleviate sadness? We have designed a program to help you feel empowered and motivated, with a personalized approach to manage your own fitness and health.

One-Week Option: April 22 – 29, 2012

Two-Week Option: April 22 – May 4, 2012

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Hazon Ride Info Night

[Image: Photo Alt]New Routes, New Rides!

If you’ve been thinking about doing a Hazon ride, 2012 is the year! Come learn about our rides in California, New York, Israel, and all across America. Ride alumni are welcome!

Monday, January 23rd,
7 PM – 10 PM

Stone Creek Bar & Lounge

140 East 27th St, New York, NY

Kosher snacks provided, cash bar available.

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Local Events and Features

from our Partners and Friends

Urban Adamah Now Accepting 2012 Applications

Three Months that Will Change the Rest Your Life!

My devotion to the cause of environmental justice and food justice has increased exponentially. While I was fairly educated on some of these maters, physically doing work in the land concretized these ideas for me.

Aviva, Summer 2011 Fellow

[IMG Photo Alt]Join other passionate young adults in their 20s for a three month residential, leadership-training program in Berkeley, CA that integrates

  • Urban organic farming
  • Social justice work
  • Progressive Jewish living and learning

Urban Adamah is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2012 Spring and Summer Fellowships!

What’s growing this summer? YOU ARE!

Urban Adamah is a program of Hazon’s friends

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Get Outside with B’hootz

Wilderness Torah’s Jewish Nature Experience for Children

[Image: Bhootz Outside!]A program of Hazon’s partners.

Children will discover and experience their own Jewish spirituality through nature awareness, ecological understanding, and the opportunity to enact personal power and responsibility. Learn more about B’hootz or by joining Wilderness Torah for a B’hootz Intro Night at the East Bay JCC on Monday, February 6th, from 7 PM to 9 PM. Get a taste of B’hootz by attending Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods! All children registered for B’hootz attend the Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods children’s program for free

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Tu B’Shvat in the Redwoods with Wilderness Torah

[Image: Photo Alt]A program of Hazon’s partners.

Redwood Regional Park

Sunday, February 12, 2012

10 AM – 3:30 PM

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

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Time on the Hava and Adam Eco-Educational Farm

[Image: Student on the Farm]A program of Hazon’s friends.

Eco-Israel, a 5-month residential learning program of Hava & Adam Eco-Educational Farm, offers young people ages 18-30 the opportunity to immerse themselves in sustainable living. During the program, students live closer to nature, spend a lot of time outside and learn about plants, soil, compost and so much more. They live as part of a community and learn how the principles and patterns that operate in nature also apply to social situations.

One of the Eco-Israel students shares his experience on the Hava & Adam farm in Israel in the following post.

Continue reading “My Time on the Hava and Adam Eco-Educational Farm.”

Tu B’shvat Adult Seder at Urban Adamah

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012, 7:00 — 9:15 PM

Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St, Berkeley, CA

Facilitated by Urban Adamah and Hazon staff

Early Bird Ticket Cost $18 through Thursday, January 19th

$20 per person,
$25 at the door, plus a can of food for the food bank

Adults Only,
Includes a local, organic, vegetarian dinner

The Jewish mystics loved this holiday, the day in midwinter when the sap begins to rise in the trees. On this day, the bodily sefirot (basically, the Jewish chakras — or for chemistry fans, the periodic table of spiritual elements) would open, allowing Divine light to energize and renew our connection to our bodies and the earth. How exactly did this happen?

It was all about a mysterious combination of fruit, wine and chocolate. OK, they didn’t have chocolate. But we will.

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