His work: Hazon is putting Jewish purchasing power behind local organic farms, while helping CSA members reexamine ancient traditions in the context of the modern world. Says Savage: "For 3,000 years, we've asked, 'Is this food fit for me to eat?' The word kosher literally means 'fit.' And in creating a Jewish CSA, we wanted to devise a mechanism for people to start to ask that question in a different way for the 21st century. For instance, I only eat eggs that come from hens that have not been stuck in an eight-by-eight-inch cage. For me, that's what keeping kosher means."
What's next: Last year Hazon helped launch the Jewish Climate Change Campaign to promote radical shifts in synagogues' eco-practices by 2015. "What would it mean to put a bike rack in every synagogue in the world? What would it mean to change food policy in every synagogue so we're not serving industrialized food?" Savage asks. "It's those sorts of questions that we want to put on people's agendas."
What keeps him motivated: "One of the powers of religion is that it offers a long perspective. Historically, the Jewish people have faced down challenges just as daunting as climate change, and we've never, ever lost hope. We've never lost the determination to roll up our sleeves and make a better Jewish community and a better world."
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