Hazon Bay Area
Hazon means vision. Our vision is to create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.
Hazon Bay Area’s largest annual event is our Golden Gate Ride (Memorial Day Weekend May 23-26), a four-day weekend retreat and fundraising bike ride that supports the work of Hazon and environmental projects throughout the Bay Area Jewish community. The Hazon Food Festival (April 27, 2014) will be held this year at the Oshman JCC in Palo Alto. Our unique mix of workshops, do-it-yourself (DIY) experiences, text study, formal and informal education for diverse populations, and inspiration at all levels can engage the full spectrum of Jews in connecting sustainability to Jewish life. Hazon Bay Area is a leader in Jewish family education through our “Home for Dinner” and “Setting the Table” programs, which open up a dialogue about sustainable agriculture and healthy food choices amongst families with school-aged children.We also develop young leaders in the local community by facilitating three planning committees, which meet monthly for half a year or more, and work alongside staff to develop and implement Hazon’s work in the Bay Area. Young adult members of these all-volunteer committees benefit from the leadership opportunities we provide through this process. Finally, Hazon helps Bay Area Jewish institutions make more just and sustainable food choices through our Food Audit program, a free toolkit to evaluate your institutional practices in environmental sustainability and food justice. In all of our programs, participants learn about sustainable agriculture, food justice, alternative transportation, and Jewish values, engaging with these issues at the local, regional, national, and international levels.