Hazon has just received grants from Rose Community Foundation and Oreg Foundation to promote a new Jewish food movement in Denver/Boulder, including mobilizing volunteers interested in the intersection of Judaism, sustainability and food, creating Jewish community-supported-agriculture groups (CSAs), and sending volunteers to the Hazon Food Conference. Hazon hopes that participation in the Food Conference will be a spark that will catalyze energy and leadership to bring back home to Denver/Boulder.
There are many opportunities for organizations to take advantage of this opportunity:
- Start a Hazon CSA (community-supported agriculture project). Already, four synagogues in Boulder have worked together to create a Hazon CSA with 75 volunteers who are working & learning together. And 30 Hazon CSA’s have started around the country in synagogues and JCC’s. For more information, or to get started, contact Avigail, 212-644-2332 x307.
- Bring Jewish Food Education to local organizations for adults, students and/or families. Hazon’s Min Ha’aretz curriculum has a student and family component about food & Jewish tradition for grades 5-8 and their families. There is funding available for congregations and schools to join the Jewish Food Education Network, which provides access to the Min Ha’aretz curriculum, Food for Thought curriculum for adults, and ongoing training on using these resources. Additionally, there is a training day for educators who teach or plan to teach from Min Ha’aretz at the Hazon Food Conference (subsidies available for educators). For more information or to get started and join JFEN, contact Natasha, 212-644-2332 x316.
- Designate one or a few key volunteers, staff and/or educators to attend the Hazon Food Conference and be the Hazon liaison to the new Jewish Food Movement work. The conference takes place in Northern California from December 24th-27th, and there are partial and full scholarships for Denver/Boulder area residents through the generous support of Rose Community Foundation and Oreg Foundation. The Hazon Food Conference is a four day retreat, where the Jewish food community comes together to celebrate and explore how we make food choices in light of Jewish tradition and contemporary life. For families interested in attending, the conference includes children’s and teen programming, which is led by the Teva Learning Center, the leading Jewish environmental education program in the country. Attached are more details about the Hazon Food Conference and a subsidy application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through October and November and notifications will be within two weeks of applying. As a limited number of subsidies are available, applications received early will have the best chance of receiving subsidy money. Please pass this opportunity along. Applications should be submitted to FCcolorado@hazon.org.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Cook firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this info. Hazon hopes to reach a diverse group of participants including young professionals, families, students, retirees, educators, leaders and potential leaders.
Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. Hazon receives support from Bikkurim, the Dorot Foundation, FJC, Natan, UJA-Federation of New York, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Covenant Foundation, and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation; from the Kaminer family; and from our amazing board members, volunteers and more than 7,000 individual donors. Hazon is proud to have been in the Slingshot 50 every year since inception and to have been recognized by the Sierra Club as one of the top 50 faith-based environmental organizations in the US.