[Newsletters] December 7 – Ride Across the Country with Hazon

Ride Across the Country with Hazon

Seattle, WA to Washington, DC – June 7th to August 16th

Cycle Cross-Country or for 1-week, 10-day, or 3-week segments.

[IMG Snoqualimie Falls in June 2008, By Cefka (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]
Snoqualmie Falls
Week 1: Seattle to SpokaneJune 8th – 17th

If you’ve never been to Washington state, you’re in for a treat.

  • Climb through the Cascade range on the redesigned Pacific Coast Rail Trail
  • Pass beautiful rivers and the Snoqualmie Falls, an 84 meter cascade
  • End in Spokane, home to the largest cycling community in the state

And that’s just the first week of riding! Ride with us all the way to DC or choose a shorter segment:

5-Week Half-Country Tours – Registration Fee: $300, Fundraising Minimum: $3600

Seattle, WA to Minneapolis, MN, June 8th – July 13th

Minneapolis, MN to Washington DC, July 13th – August 17th

3-Week Segments – Registration Fee $250, Fundraising Minimum $2900

Minneapolis, MN to Pittsburgh, PA, July 13th – August 9th

Chicago, IL to Washington DC, July 29th – August 17th

10-Day Segments – Registration Fee $190, Fundraising Minimum $1800

Minneapolis, MN to Chicago, IL, July 13th – 26th

Chicago, IL to Pittsburgh, PA, July 29th – August 9th

1-Week Segments – Registration Fee $190, Fundraising Minimum $1800

Seattle, WA to Spokane, WA, June 8th – 17th

Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC, August 9th – 17th

Prices Rise January 8th! More Information

3600 Miles from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC

Grab Life By the Handlebars!

[IMG Route and Itinerary]

Read “A Ride For Sustainability” in the Washington Jewish Week

Photo: Snoqualmie Falls in June 2008 via Wikimedia Commons


Israel on Two Wheels

by Oren Hirsch

Cross-posted from Jewschool

[IMG bike shadow]On your last trip to Israel, how did you get around primarily? If you came with a group, you were probably on a chartered bus. If you were on your own, you probably relied on Egged and Israel Railways, or if you were a bit more adventurous and willing to discover your inner Israeli driver, you took to the roads in a rental car (let’s admit it, we’ve all wanted to drive in a country where we can honk and flash our high beams at other cars as much as we want while never signaling or following the speed limit). And regardless of whether you were with a group or not, you probably walked extensively in cities such as Jerusalem, Tzfat, and Tel Aviv. But on your next trip (or first trip, if you have yet to come here), consider using a different form of transportation for some of the time, because it might allow you to see Israel from a totally different perspective.

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Oren Hirsch, an urban planner and avid cyclist currently living and working in Jerusalem and riding throughout the country wherever and whenever he can. He has ridden to Eilat on the Arava Institute/Hazon Israel Ride twice, in 2009 and 2011.


California Ride & Retreat

3 Days, 2 Wheels, 1 Community

May 10-13, 2012

Sonoma County to San Francisco

Prices increase December 15th. Register today!

“Riding my bike from Sonoma County, home to my apartment in San Francisco was incredible. And being able to share the experience with my friends and family in such a well supported community was even better!”

2011 California Ride Participant

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Healthy, Sustainable Hanukkah Resources

[IMG bike menorah]Hanukkah celebrates the temple rededication of the Jerusalem Temple following its defilement by Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. Since then, Hanukkah has become known as the Festival of Lights, due to the one day supply of oil lasting a miraculous eight days, and is known for the traditional lighting of the hannukiah. In addition, it is customary to feast upon fried foods and foods made with oil. Since Hanukkah celebrates the idea of preserving resources, Hazon offers some Healthy, Sustainable Hanukkah Resources as suggestions for your Hanukkah celebrations!



Community-Supported Agriculture: Transforming Your Jewish Community

A Special Webinar Hosted by Hazon and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

[IMG URJ RAC Logo]Wednesday, December 7th, 4 PM

Are you interested in bringing fresh, local, organic produce to your synagogue every week?

Join Hazon and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to learn how to set up a Community-Supported Agriculture program (CSA), an innovative partnership between your synagogue and a local farm.

In this interactive session, we’ll discuss:

  • How CSA embodies Jewish values
  • How a CSA can transform social justice programming, get new members involved, and energize your congregational community
  • How to start a CSA in your own congregation

More Information and Registration

Additional Reading: Transforming Our Community: Reflections on Temple Isaiah’s CSA on the Hazon Blog


Siach: An Environment and Social Justice Conversation

A project of Hazon, the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership, and the Jewish Social Action Forum

Applications for 2nd Annual Conference Now Open

[IMG siach logo]WHAT: A unique opportunity to meet, share and collaborate with fellow social justice and environment activists from across the Jewish world. Siach, an Environment and Social Justice Conversation, brings together committed activists from across Israel, North America, and Europe. Supported by the UJA Federation of New York, with anchors in the US, Israel and Great Britain, and scores of member organizations, Siach is deepening the nuanced understanding of Jewish Peoplehood and Israel engagement with those for whom the pursuit of social and environmental justice is one of the defining characteristics of their identity.

WHERE: The second annual Siach conference will take place in Ohalo Manor Hotel, on the Kinneret in Israel.

WHEN: June 15-18, 2012

WHO: We are looking for individuals who are doers, networkers, out-of-the-box thinkers and visionaries with the desire to share our vision of creating a global network of collaboration in the areas of environment and social justice.

HOW: More information and application. Applications are due January 10, 2012.

Siach Homepage

Urban Adamah Now Accepting 2012 Applications

Three Months that Will Change the Rest Your Life!

[IMG mmmm carrots]A program of Hazon’s friends

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!

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Urban Adamah is also currently hiring a Farm Manager.


Shine: Wilderness Torah’s First Annual Celebration of Light & Giving

A program of Hazon’s friends

Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 6:30-10:00 PM

The David Brower Center Gallery

2150 Allston Way (between Shattuck Ave. and Oxford St.)

Berkeley, CA

Join Wilderness Torah for Shine: Wilderness Torah’s First Annual Celebration of Light and Giving on Tuesday, December 13th at the David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley. Enjoy live music with Eliyahu Sills and friends, a delicious, local, organic dinner, latke bar, olive oil tastings paired with Hagafen wine, and of course, chocolate gelt. Connect with friends, new and old, and help support Wilderness Torah’s work to reconnect Judaism to the cycles of nature and the cycles of our lives.

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Festival of Lights at the Osher Marin JCC

Co-sponsored by Hazon

[IMG festival of lights flyer]Sunday, December 11, 2011

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

200 N. San Pedro Rd.

San Rafael, CA

Join as the Osher Marin JCCC celebrates Hanukkah at the Festival of Lights on Sunday, December 11th from 12-3 PM with over a dozen other Jewish organizations! The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy live music, arts & crafts, family events, delicious catered holiday treats, a local artisan marketplace, the Hazon bike blender, and much more.

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Ignite Chanukah with Vodka Latke Party

The largest young adult Chanukah party in Colorado!

Co-sponsored by Hazon

[IMG ignite chanukah]Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rembrandt Yard, Boulder

All 21-40 year olds are welcome. Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global: Ignite is all of these and more. It’s a high-energy evening of five-minute talks by people who have an idea and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city.

All that, and latkes, too! Ignite Chanukah’s twist on Ignite is that the ideas you’ll hear about are connected with Chanukah or something Jewish. Also, organizers think it will be a kick to get some of our local Rabbis down with the Ignite style – 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds auto-advance.

Vodka Latke is the preparty to get everyone in the mood.

After-party at location TBA.

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New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellowships

Online Application for 2012-2013 Now Available!

A project of Hazon’s friends

NIF/SHATIL Social Justice Fellows spend 32 hours per week interning in an approved, individually-selected Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), active in one of the following areas:

  • civil and human rights
  • social and economic justice
  • environmental justice
  • Jewish pluralism

The Fellowship year runs from September 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013 and completed applications, including two letters of reference, are due on January 20, 2012. Applicants should be college graduates by the start of the Fellowship year. Only U.S. and Canadian residents are eligible for the Social Justice Fellowship.

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