Hazon Food Conference

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The Hazon Food Conference is an annual meeting of farmers, culinary experts, global citizens, business, community and Jewish leaders to focus on contemporary food issues and exchange ideas on improving health and sustainability in communities throughout the world.[1] The event is produced by the New York-based Jewish nonprofit organization, Hazon [1].

First held in 2006 at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center with 158 people in attendance, the Hazon Food Conference now takes place in late December in Northern California. In 2008 there were 560 attendees.[2] The event consists of speeches, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, cooking demonstrations, educational and leisure activities. Previous Conference presenters and attendees include Dan Barber of Blue Hill Farm/Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Andrew Kimbrell from the Center for Food Safety [2], Rabbi Morris Allen of Hecksher Tzedek, and Rachel Biale of Progressive Jewish Alliance.[3]

Programs at the Hazon Food Conference have included Grow Your Own & Do It Yourself Food, Jewish Tradition & Food: History & Culture, Food Policy and Creating a New Food System, Kosher Meat, Health and Nutrition, and Israel: Food & Agriculture.

Demographics from 2008 Hazon Food Conference:

Participants - Age Breakdown # of People
< 10 59
10-19 34
20-29 148
30-39 131
40-49 79
50-59 74
60-69 31
70+ 4
Total 560



  • Palevsky, Stacey, "Sowing the seeds of faith: New Jewish food movement takes root in the Bay Area", J. Weekly, November 21, 2008
  • Palevsky, Stacey, "Hazon conference draws hundreds hungry for Jewish food movement", J. Weekly, January 2, 2009
  • Fishkoff, Sue, "Jewish food movement comes of age", JTA - Jewish & Israel News, December 29, 2008

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