Hazon grant to study integrated Jewish learning

A group of funders, including the S.F.-based Jim Joseph Foundation, has awarded a grant to Hazon to oversee research on the integration of Jewish learning with education about food issues and the environment, and how it influences Jewish identity and involvement.

“We are excited to determine how to invest the community’s attention and resources in this area,” said JJF president Al Levitt. “There appears to be growing interest in Jewish food, environmental and outdoor education programs. This research will help us better understand the learning that is taking place and identify what is working most effectively.”

Other funders include the Leichtag Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, UJA-Federation of New York and Rose Community Foundation.

The announcement comes a week after Hazon and the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center announced a merger of their organizations. The research will be conducted by an outside firm and managed by Hazon, with oversight from an advisory team that includes both funders and practitioners.