a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

In Which I Exploit My Blog for Work

Posted on: May 24, 2012

Remember last year this time when I’d just lost my job?  It was the pits.  It was probably the hardest period of my life and somehow I made it through.  B”H I work for an amazing Jewish environmental organization called Hazon.  Hazon lines up with so many of my values and beliefs in terms of how I think about food through a Jewish lens and has taught me so much more-allowing me to continue to ask questions about what it means to eat like a Jew.

In addition to the food work that Hazon does, Hazon also empowers Jews to engage with their environment by using our bodies.  Hazon has taken Jews and non-Jews alike on bike rides through Israel, through New York and California and this year across the United States.  I feel privileged to work for Hazon for a variety of reasons, one of them is getting me back on my bike.

This summer I’ll be riding in the New York Ride and Retreat and it would be AWESOME if you rode with me!  For four days we will be spending time together as a community starting with Shabbat at the Isabelle Freedman Retreat Center in the Connecticut Berkshires followed by a two-day ride through the Hudson Valley to New York City.  You can take part in the Shabbat separate from ride or vice versa.  If riding a bike is not your thing or you’re too far away to participate consider donating to my ride.

I was humbled by the outpouring of words, prayers and money from my readers last year.  It is because of you that I was able to join the first LGBTQ Trip to Israel with A Wider Bridge, Nehirim and Keshet (the second one is open for registration-come to Israel!).  I know ya’ll can do it again this year!  So what am I asking?

 

1.  Ride with me!

  • Grab a couple of friends, form a team and ride with me this Labor Day in the Hazon NY Retreat and Ride.
  • Ride as an individual
  • Gather a group from your local JCC/Synagogue/Minyan and ride

2.  Donate to my ride!

  • The majority of Hazon’s food programs, like our Jewish CSA, is funded by donation.

3.  Spread the word.  Share this link with:

  • your Jewish friends
  • your non-Jewish friends
  • your Biking friends
  • your rabbi
  • your mom who loves you 🙂

4.  Bring Hazon to your community

Can’t ride?  Don’t want to ride?  Don’t have the funds?  No Problem!  Hazon has a slew of online resources to help your Jewish community think everything from the food you serve at kiddush to starting a Jewish CSA.  Check out what Hazon has to offer on our website.

 

Thank you so much for allowing me to use BGJ space to promote my work at Hazon.

If you’re thinking you’d like to help me get to Israel again this year-there’s a donation button to the right (cause it never hurts to ask)

Chag Sameach!

Erika

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