HAZON INC

The Jewish Lab for Sustainability

New York, NY   |  http://hazon.org/

Mission

We’re in a global environmental crisis. Jewish tradition compels us to respond. As the Jewish lab for sustainability, Hazon is building a movement that strengthens Jewish life and contributes to a more environmentally sustainable world for all.

Ruling year info

1938

President & CEO

Mr. Nigel Savage

Main address

25 Broadway, Suite 1700

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

13-1623922

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We’re in a global environmental crisis. Jewish tradition compels us to respond. Hazon is the largest faith-based environmental organization in the U.S. and is building a movement that strengthens Jewish life and contributes to a more environmentally sustainable world for all. As the Jewish lab for sustainability, Hazon effects change through immersive experiences and inspires individuals and communities to make specific commitments to change with a particular focus on food systems. People who participate in our programs… -deepen their Jewish identities; -experience the connection between inherited Jewish wisdom, food, climate, and the natural world; and -become linked with others who care about creating a more sustainable Jewish community and world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Immersive JOFEE Experiences

Hazon inspires and activates people through immersive JOFEE experiences (JOFEE is Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education).

This includes: Retreats held at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in the Berkshires, The Adamah Jewish Farming Fellowship, Teva Day School Retreats, and Bike Rides organized in the U.S. and Israel.

Population(s) Served

We are building a field, by catalyzing and convening Jewish leaders, organizations and individuals to make specific commitments to change – with a particular focus on food systems, because food is both central to Jewish life and to our impact in the world. We do this through the Hazon Seal of Sustainability (a certification program and web-based roadmap for Jewish organizations and their members to become healthier and more sustainable), the creation of resources and education materials, and on the ground regional work with our offices in Detroit and Colorado.

Population(s) Served

Hazon works to educate, network, nurture and empower leaders across the JOFEE field. By focusing on leadership we believe that we can amplify our impact. Hazon trains young adults through the Teva Environmental Educators program, the JOFEE Fellowship, and the Adamah Farming Fellowship. We convene leaders and community members by hosting the JOFEE Network Gathering and Hakhel Intentional Communities. We work with Rabbis and other spiritual leaders and develop educational curriculum.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of organizational partners

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Collaborative programs, include the Hazon Seal of Sustainability, the JOFEE Fellowship, and the JOFEE Leaders Institute

Number of one-day programs

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Mostly in Denver, Colorado, and New York

Number of program graduates

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Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the number of young Jewish adults that participated in the Adamah Farming Fellowship, Teva Jewish nature Education Training Program, and JOFEE Fellowship in 2018

Number of middle-schoolers particpating in nature-based Jewish Learning through the Teva Program

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of individuals engaged in Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education nationwide indirectly through the JOFEE Fellowship

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Related Program

Educating and supporting JOFEE leaders

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Increasing

Context Notes

This is the combined number of Hazon and Isabella Freedman

Number of list subscribers

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Increasing

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We have 25000 individuals subscribed to our newsletter

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The word Hazon means “vision”. Our vision is of a vibrant, healthy Jewish community, in which to be Jewish is necessarily to help create a more sustainable world for all.

Hazon develops, networks, and provides resources for those growing into leadership – people changing existing institutions or building new organizations and communities that live the values we cherish and the world needs. These individuals become part of a powerful movement of like-minded people within and outside the Jewish community who take responsibility for fixing what has gone awry in our relationship to the world and for designing a more sustainable future for all.

We effect change in three ways:

-Inspiring and activating people through immersive JOFEE experiences.
(JOFEE is Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming & Environmental Education)
-Educating and supporting JOFEE leaders.
-Building a field, by catalyzing and convening Jewish leaders, organizations and individuals to make specific commitments to change – with a particular focus on food systems, because food is both central to Jewish life and to our impact in the world.

Everything we do is rooted in seven core principles:

Vibrant experiential education that renews Jewish life
Using songs, growing, cooking, meditation, retreats, Shabbat celebrations and the arts...

Connections between Jewish tradition and the outdoors, food, farming, and ecology

Engaging with texts, ritual, prayer, thought-leadership, and the physical world that sustains us...

Intellectual excellence and rigor
Relating to Jewish tradition with integrity; committing to best practice; learning from expert teachers; and using ongoing evaluation to improve all that we do...

Justice, diversity, and inclusion
Including in relation to religious expression, gender, identity, race...

A focus on leadership, because leadership amplifies impact
Educating, networking, nurturing and empowering leaders across the JOFEE field...

Healthy and sustainable actions
Operating at the highest possible standards in relation to health and environmental sustainability; farming organically; demonstrating meatless meals; serving high-welfare eggs; reducing plastic and sugar...

Investing in our own people
Supporting staff and board development as critical to our own long-term success…

Hazon began as a grassroots organization, founded in 2000 with a cross-USA bike ride for sustainability. It continued to grow steadily, until merging with the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in 2014. We are now the largest US Jewish environmental organization with over 60 staff in multiple locations and 100 + institutional partners across the county

Over the course of the past few years Hazon has launched a cadre of Jewish Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education (JOFEE) programs that aim to effect change on a national scale. Our national initiatives build off of successful flagship projects and events that leave constituents with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility for a sustainable future.

Key programs include:
- Teva [this program has engaged 100,000+ day school students in Jewish outdoor education since 1994]
- The Adamah Jewish Farming Fellowship for young adults [trains 30-33 young adults per year who ​explore the intersection of farming with Jewish identity, community building, and spiritual practice]
- Transformative Jewish retreats [focused on health, cooking, farming, yoga, meditation, and more for 6,000+ individuals annually
- The JOFEE Fellowship [a professional development program for young Jewish educators engaging 75,000 individuals in JOFEE in the past 4 years]
- The Hazon Seal of Sustainability [a program guiding 65 + Jewish institutions across the country in taking health and sustainability leadership]
- Detroit “lab” [our regional model showcasing for other communities how Jewish life can be reinvigorated through a commitment to healthy eating, sustainability, and food justice]
- Israel Bike Ride [a fully supported cross-Israel bike ride for sustainability engaging over 150+ individuals each year]

Hazon stands at the forefront of the Jewish Food Movement, leading Jews to think more broadly and deeply about our own food choices through the development of food education programs, curricula, fellowships, and thought-leadership. Hazon beneficiaries span all walks of Jewish life and beyond, from families and young adults to students and educators.

Hazon holds Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star ranking for Financial Health, Accountability, and Transparency. We are one of only two non-profits listed in every single year of the Slingshot Guide. We are recognized as one of 50 leading faith-based environmental organizations recognized by the Sierra Club. Our CEO Nigel Savage has served as the Jewish voice at faith-based U.N. climate gatherings on multiple occasions. Hazon program alumni have grown into a passionate and professional network of changemakers: Tens of thousands of individuals of all ages are now engaged annually in JOFEE organizations founded by Hazon alumni.

Over the course of the next few years, through the end of the current Shmita (seven-year) cycle in 2022, we will focus considerably on:

-Growing the JOFEE movement by networking leaders and providing opportunities for professional development and skill building.
-Working with an increasing amount of jewish institutions on making specific commitments with a particular focus on a more ethical, sustainable food system.
-Strengthening Jewish life through immersive experiences that shift participant understanding of what it means to be Jewish

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HAZON INC

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2020
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Board chair

Richard Slutzky

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Robert Friedman

Ellen Goodman

Jakir Manela

Ruth Messinger

Howard Metzenberg

Joshua Ratner

Mark Russo

Nigel Savage

Bob Sherman

Marc Soloway

David Wolfe

Valerie Yasner

Jessica Haller

Valerie Gerstein

Richard Slutzky

Marina Lewin

Michael Hidary

Sandra Rocks

Hillary Wallace

Jemma Wolfe

Sonia Cummings

Mark Barnett

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes