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.


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Behar: Bring Shmita Learning & Action To Your Own Community
The Torah reading for this upcoming Shabbat (May 9-10) will be Parshat Behar, the portion of the Torah that offers us the visionary teachings of the Shmita/Yovel cycle. This year's Shabbat Behar falls on the sixth year of the Shmita cycle. From this Shabbat onwards, we will be just over 4 months away from welcoming the Shmita year, ...

Shabbat Behar: Bringing Shmita To Your Community
The parsha (weekly Torah reading) of Behar, which literally means ‘On The Mountain,’ introduces the detailed, visionary teachings of Shmita. This particular section of the Torah is located towards the end of the book of Vayikra (Leviticus) and is read each year about a week or two before Shavuot. As we continue to deepen into the ...

Three (Jewish) Communal Actions with Impact!
Fair Food Network is excited to be partnering with Hazon on the following three calls to action. You can learn more about all of these issues by reading Oran Hesterman’s Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All. Together, we can move from being conscious consumers to engaged citizens and transform our food system! ...

Hazon’s Kosher Meat Survey: We Want to Hear from You!
At the 2006 Hazon Food Conference, we posed two key questions: 1. If you’re a meat eater, would you continue to eat meat if you had to kill it yourself? And 2. If you don’t currently eat meat, but could be involved in the process of raising and slaughtering the animal, would you? People's responses varied, but it was clear ...

Scholarships Available for New Riders on the 2011 Hazon California Bike Ride
2011 Hazon California Jewish Environmental Bike Ride Hazon’s 2nd Annual California Bike Ride celebrates participant’s decision to give up their personal vehicles. "The Hazon Ride was an inspirational, eye-opening experience that revealed many of the heart-warming aspects of Judaism that get lost amidst the whirlwind ...

Tu B’Shvat Seder
Wednesday, January 19 at 7:30 pm, at the JCC in Manhattan, sponsored by Hazon!

Hazon’s 2011 Tu B’Shvat Resources
Hazon’s Tu B’Shvat Seder and Sourcebook Download the 2011 edition of our comprehensive, pluralistic, beautiful haggadah and source book for FREE. Complete with teachings and explanations, our haggadah is available in PDF format so you may print as few or as many copies as you need. Right-click and choose “save ...

The Jewish Food Movement
Jewish Food Movement The new Jewish Food Movement: (draft) 7-year goals Over the past few years, a growing number of Jewish foodies, farmers, rabbis, chefs, teachers, students, families and many others have brought meaning to the words new Jewish Food Movement, asking why and how one can eat in a way that is both deeply Jewish and ...