Prophet of the Week: Nigel Savage

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“You can trace the recent history of Tu B’shevat seders like branches on a tree.”

Nigel Savage, originally from Manchester, England, founded Hazon (Hebrew for “vision”) in 2000. Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community — as a step towards a healthier and more sustainable world for all.

In 2000 Nigel led Hazon’s first major project, a 3000-mile Cross-USA Jewish Environmental Bike Ride, in which participants cycled from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC, teaching and speaking along the way. They ended at the White House where they received a national award from the EPA.

Hazon now produces a series of bike rides and hikes, in the US and Israel.

  • In 2008, Hazon will launch JBike, a new portal to connect Jewish cyclists in the US and Israel.
  • In 2004, Hazon launched the first Community-Supported Agriculture project in the American Jewish community, called Tuv Ha’Aretz. Tuv Ha’Aretz is now in ten locations nationally from Berkeley to Long Island and from St. Paul to Atlanta, as well as in Israel.

Hazon’s food work also includes an annual food conference, a food curriculum (written by Nigel and Anna Stevenson) and an award-winning blog, “The Jew & The Carrot” at www.jcarrot.org.

Nigel has taught in a variety of settings, including the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, the Wexner Heritage Conference, the UJA Young Leadership Conference, the leadership retreat of the Dorot Fellows in Israel and the World Union of Jewish Students.

For more info, buy Savage’s book:A Wild Faith: Jewish Ways into Wilderness, Wilderness Ways into Judaism

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