JTS to Host Hazon Founder Nigel Savage: “What’s Next for the Jewish Food Movement?”

Press Contact: Beatrice Mora
Office: (212) 678-8950
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February 11, 2014, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host a public lecture by Nigel Savage, president and founder of Hazon, which focuses on sustainability in the Jewish community on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. on the JTS campus (3080 Broadway at 122nd Street in New York City). Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP to greening@jtsa.edu. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

Leading Jewish "greening" expert Nigel Savage will share some behind-the-scenes observations about what has been accomplished by the new Jewish food movement in its first 10 years, as well as lessons that can be learned from it. He will share a significant talmudic text that provides a framework for connecting Jewish tradition with a vital contemporary issue.

Nigel Savage is the founder of Hazon, which has been recognized in the "Slingshot 50" of top Jewish innovative nonprofits every year since its inception in 2000. Mr. Savage was named a member of the "Forward 50," the Jewish Daily Forward's 2008 list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States. He has spoken and taught widely throughout the American Jewish community. Mr. Savage has an MA in History from Georgetown University, and studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, the Yakar Center for Tradition and Creativity, and the Hebrew University. 

This lecture, which is open to the public, is part of a Jewish Environmental Ethics Series held for JTS students, faculty, and supporters in spring 2014. It is made possible by an 18-month grant from the Jewish Greening Fellowship, a partnership between Hazon and UJA-Federation of New York, which JTS received to increase sustainable operations, enhance environmental education, and raise awareness around environmental stewardship as a strong Jewish value. It is cosponsored by the JTS Green Team, a group of JTS administrators committed to increasing the institution's sustainability through policies, procedures, and environmental education; the JTS EcoReps, a student group that creates environmentally conscious programming for the student body of all five schools of JTS; and the new MA program in Jewish Ethics at JTS, which will allow students to specialize in environmental, medical, legal, or business ethics.