Hazon is excited to announce that it has received a grant from the Leichtag Foundation to support capacity-building and to help renew and strengthen the Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education (JOFEE) movement in San Diego, CA. Through hosting national convenings in North San Diego and working with the local Jewish community, Hazon hopes to catalyze the energy and passion that already exist, give people a sense of Jewish possibility, and seed programs and ideas, so that a growing range of programs and experiences transform people’s lives and materially strengthen the Jewish community overall.
“As an organization, we have been developing three powerful new doorways to Jewish life – through food education, outdoor education, and environmental education,” said Nigel Savage, executive director of Hazon. “Through this grant, we will work systematically and thoughtfully with leaders in the San Diego Jewish community and the Leichtag Foundation partners on-the-ground to create a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant Jewish community and a better world for all.”
The grant will place a Hazon staff person at the North County Jewish Hub located at the Ranch in Encinitas, a property recently purchased by the Leichtag Foundation that serves as a nexus of sustainable agriculture, social justice, and community development.
“We are excited to welcome Hazon to San Diego and to the North County Jewish Hub. Hazon will help broaden the spectrum of opportunities in our region to align the most closely-held passions of community members with their Jewish identities and interests,” said Charlene Seidle, Leichtag Foundation Executive Vice President.
The North County Jewish Hub is a co-working space that houses organizations and social ventures working to build Jewish life in North County San Diego and advance and enrich agricultural projects at the Ranch. Hub members work together to produce Jewish agricultural festivals and will be involved in the launch of an urban farm at the Ranch.
Hazon hopes to build multiple pathways to engagement including programs in outdoor, farming, food, and environmental education – enabling more people to step into active Jewish life. With an emphasis on food justice as a key component of this work moving forward, Hazon will provide tools and training for local and national leaders at all levels from diverse organizations to bring food justice to the forefront of our understanding of what it is to be Jewish in the 21st century.
Founded in 2000, Hazon has evolved into the largest environmental organization in the American Jewish community. Our vision is to create healthy and sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Hazon is a leader in meaningful immersion experiences and in engaging individuals to be active in their communities. In aggregate, we are seeking to shift the nature of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century – enabling and encouraging Jewish people to have an impact in the world. Our overall goal is that individuals and institutions in the Jewish community are living measurably healthier and more sustainable lives. We aim to firmly establish Jewish food education, Jewish outdoor education, and Jewish environmental education as important modalities across the American Jewish community. Learn more at www.hazon.org
About The Leichtag Foundation
Max “Lee” Leichtag and his wife, Andre “Toni” Leichtag, founded the Leichtag Family Foundation in 1991. Today the Leichtag Foundation, based in Encinitas, California, focuses on combating poverty and increasing self-sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel. From the Foundation’s inception in 1991 through November 2013, Leichtag Family Foundation and Leichtag Family Trust grants total more than $85 million to projects and programs in North County, San Diego, Jerusalem, and around the world. Learn more at www.leichtag.org.
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