Pedaling Towards and Inclusive Jewish Community

For many people, summer means great weather and a tendency to spend as much time as possible outdoors. That’s good for us because outdoor activities provide amazing opportunities for engaging Jews on the periphery. One of our Big Tent Judaism Coalition members, Hazon (Vision), is taking full advantage of the summer weather by providing low barrier outdoor activities that engage, educate and empower the Jewish community. Hazon’s activities include bike rides and hikes in the U.S. and Israel, and encouragement of Jewish environmentalism and sustainable living everywhere.

As a part of their ‘vision’, all Hazon events foster a “radically inclusive,” accessible community that emphasize “tolerance, respect, and diversity.” Hazon has outlined the crucial facets of their programs that help them reach this goal. This outline can be used by anyone looking to embody the principles of Big Tent Judaism and engage Jews on the periphery—outside or inside:

All of our programs have these characteristics in common:

  • A deep commitment to inclusive community
  • A determination to reach people where they are, not where we might like them to be
  • Putting significant resources into participant empowerment and leadership development
  • Enabling people to integrate learning and action

To kick off a summer of inclusive activities, Hazon is hosting their annual “Bike to the Beach” event on June 29th. Free to the public, riders leave from 8 locations throughout New York City and ride to Coney Island. All are welcome to meet for lunch at the Shorefront Y, including people–like myself–who don’t even own a bike. Look for me there!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day! Will Hazon be expanding is base to other cities in the US? Or am I just unaware that they are already there?

    Comment by Paula J. Gross — June 20, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

  2. Hazon doesn’t necessarily have a ‘presence’ in other cities, though they help support local Jewish environmental organizations across the country. For instance, some synagogues have farm share programs, which they help incubate. Other than that, most programs are open to folks from all over the country but based in the New York area. I invite you to visit their website to find out more.

    Comment by Rachel Gross — June 23, 2008 @ 8:18 am

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