Jews to Blow the Shofar in the People’s Climate March NYC on September 21

The People’s Climate March is mobilizing people of all backgrounds to demand political progress toward a world safe from the ravages of climate change, with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone. Already over 90 Jewish organizations have signed up to bring marchers.

America’s Largest Jewish Environmental Organization, Hazon, Takes Root in San Diego

Hazon, the world’s largest Jewish environmental organization, joins the North County Jewish Hub, a Leichtag Foundation Initiative based at the Ranch in Encinitas. Hazon, Hebrew for vision, was founded in 2000 in New York, and adds North County San Diego to its regions alongside Philadelphia, Boulder/Denver, and San Francisco, as well as the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Connecticut Berkshires.

Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education Experiences Show Increased Potential for Jewish Engagement

Experiences that blend Jewish learning with the outdoors, food, and environment are attracting a growing number of diverse Jews to meaningful and inspiring Jewish life, reports the first-ever national survey on Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE) —Seeds of Opportunity: A National Study of Immersive Jewish Outdoor, Food, and Environmental Education (JOFEE). The report, released today by a group of six major funders and Hazon, examines the history, programs, professionals, and participants that comprise JOFEE experiences. Leaders of JOFEE are eager to share the key findings and continue a conversation about its potential for growth and for Jewish engagement.

Hazon announces Eco-Passover theme for annual Passover retreat at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

With Earth Day falling on the Eighth Day of Passover this year, Hazon has announced ‘Eco-Passover’ as the theme for Isabella Freedman’s annual Passover Retreat, both to enjoy the holiday and to explore the relevance of Passover to our collective responsibility to care for the planet.

Hazon to help renew and strengthen the Jewish outdoor, food, and environmental education (JOFEE) movement in San Diego, CA

Hazon has received a grant from the Leichtag Foundation to place a 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.

Op-Ed: Barely Time to Wait: Could the Grateful Dead Be Part of the Response to the Pew Study?

In a time where the Jewish community is once again shaking its head and wracking its brain in light of a Pew Study that shows that the Jewish community is increasingly disassociating itself with Judaism itself in terms of ritual and observance, a program like Blues for Challah – the Jewish Grateful DeadFest – stands to shift from novelty to strategy.