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Celebration of Jewish Professionals with Hazon Founder Nigel Savage

Celebration of Jewish Professionals with Hazon Founder Nigel Savage

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 5:30 pm

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In honor of Jewish professionals, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership hosted an annual evening of fellowship, food, and inspired conversation.

Special presenter Nigel Savage talked about Creating a Healthier and More Sustainable Jewish Community: What Ten Years of the Jewish Food Movement Can Teach Us, reflecting on what lessons we as communal professionals might derive for the future of American Jewish life.

Nigel Savage is the founder and president of Hazon, an organization that works to renew Jewish life and create a healthier and more sustainable world for all. Hazon has been recognized in the Slingshot 50 every year since its inception and was named by the Sierra Club as one of the top 50 faith-based environmental organizations in the USA.

Best known as the home of the People of the Bike and the New Jewish Food Movement, Hazon today also includes the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat CenterAdamah Jewish farming program, and Teva Environmental Learning Alliance.

Mr. Savage studied at Georgetown University, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Yakar Center for Social Concern, and the Hebrew University. He claims to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.

The Annual Celebration of Jewish Professional Life

Every year, Jewish communal leaders and professionals from around Chicago have a chance to meet each other, as well as Spertus mentors, faculty, and other community leaders. This year we welcomed new cohorts and toasted recent graduates of the Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies and Certificate in Jewish Leadership programs, then enjoyed the opportunity to discuss Jewish environmentalism with Hazon founder Nigel Savage.

We invited all those who work in, for, and with Jewish organizations to join us!

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In this video, Nigel Savage discusses faith and food with Lillian Daniel and Daniel Pawlus. Watch >

Before and after the program

The evening opened with a reception and networking, sponsored by the Spertus MAJPS Alumni Student Network. Specific topic areas were available for those interested in:

  • Jewish camping
  • Development and fundraising
  • Experiential education
  • Israel-education and engagement
  • Nonprofit management
  • Creating a sustainable facility
  • Plus an area for new topics and new ideas