[Newsletters] November 30 – Student’s Guide to Sustainable Living

The Jewish Student’s Guide to

Sustainable Living

By Alyssa Berkowitz

Originally posted on The Jew and the Carrot

[IMG Photo Alt]As a Jewish college student living in New York City, I am frequently challenged to make eating and living sustainably work on a very tight budget. I’ve found that there are some ways I can spend less money and skimp, and there are certain areas where splurging is definitely worth the extra cost. I try to follow some key guidelines — listed below — when buying both food and household products. Whether you’re a college student, or just want to save a few extra bucks, these tips are useful in integrating sustainably minded changes into your daily routine.

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Alyssa Berkowitz is a senior in the Joint Program between Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary and is the Food Development Intern at Hazon.

Blogged: Arava Institute and Hazon

Israel Ride

A View from the Seat Part 2: More Helmet-Cam

[IMG Photo Alt]Israel Rider Elahn Zetlin has shared four more great videos highlighting each day of his trip, cycling from Jerusalem to Eilat (we’ve also got the first two). The weather is beautiful, the scenery is fantastic, and you can’t beat the footage taken from a camera strapped to his helmet! We’ll let Elahn do the rest of the talking.

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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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Hazon Cross-USA Ride

[IMG Photo Alt]Registration for 1, 2, and

3-Week Segments Now Open

June 7, 2012 – August 16, 2012

Seattle, WA to Washington, DC

Registration for segments of the Cross-USA Ride is now open! We’re offering options for traveling for one, two, and three weeks of the trip. The full Ride is scheduled for June 7 through August 16, 2012.

Grab Life by the Handlebars!

  • 72 days, 3600 miles, 70 miles per day
  • Transportation of gear and luggage
  • Meals included
  • Teaching, learning, and service opportunities

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Healthy, Sustainable Hanukkah Resources

[IMG Photo Alt]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 CSAs embody 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

Sign on to the NYC Food and Farm Bill Principles

Hazon has joined more than 100 other food-active organizations, writers, educators, and chefs in declaring why New York City cares about the Food and Farm Bill and signing on to the NYC Food and Farm Bill Principles.

These important documents have been sent to key legislators on the Congressional Deficit Reduction “Super” Committee and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. The NYC Food and Farm Bill Principles advocate a healthy food system, from farm to eater. Now, the NYC Food and Farm Bill Working Group has invited us to help them get thousands of food-active individuals to weigh in on protecting the food safety net and ending hunger, creating a health-focused food system, protecting our agricultural land and water resources, helping small and medium-scale farms operated by both established and beginning farmers, and building vibrant, regional farm and food economies.

The unprecedented pace of the creation of the next Food and Farm Bill, driven by the “Super” Committee process, makes it important for us all to act now. Your voice counts!

Take a moment to sign on right now.

The NYC Food and Farm Bill Working Group will see to it that your voice, and the voices of many, many others, will be heard in Washington.

Thank you for considering this request. If you are in a position to sign on as an organization, please e-mail nycfoodandfarmbill@gmail.com.


Siach: An Environment and Social Justice Conversation

Applications for 2nd Annual Conference Now Open

[IMG Photo Alt]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 Photo Alt]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 Photo Alt]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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2nd Annual Fair Trade Judaica Fair

Where shopping is a mitzvah!

A community event

Sunday, December 4, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

JCC San Francisco

3200 California Street (at Presidio)

This is a great opportunity to buy quality products made by fair trade artisans, such as:

  • Menorahs
  • Kippot
  • Tallitot
  • Jewelry
  • Cards
  • Chanukah gelt
  • Wall hangings
  • Purim groggers
  • Kosher chocolate
  • and much more

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Jewish Soul Food Hanukkah

Co-sponsored by Hazon

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