fbpx

Hazon Issues Cease and Desist to Israeli Group Claiming Same Name

Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She also covers Jewish art, entertainment and culture.

https://jewishjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/jj_avatar.jpg
Erin Ben-Moche
Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She also covers Jewish art, entertainment and culture.

The New York-based Jewish nonprofit Hazon, has issued a cease and desist letter to a new Israeli organization using the same name. Founded 20 years ago, Hazon (vision) bill itself as a “Jewish Lab for Sustainability” and has legally trademarked the name.

The nonprofit’s Israeli law firm issued the letter earlier this week to the new Israeli organization, which recently published a series of billboards attacking the Israeli LGBTQ community and the Women of the Wall group.

“Hazon works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a more sustainable world. It is frankly distressing to see our name being attached to billboards and pronouncements that so radically stand against all that we have done, and all that we have tried to do, since our founding in 2000,” Hazon’s Chief Executive Officer Nigel Savage said in a statement to the Journal. 

The New York-based Hazon is an agency of UJA-Federation of New York and a member of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. It has offices in Connecticut, Detroit, Boulder, Denver and Israel. 

Hazon’s senior staff member Rabbi Aharon Ariel Lavi, said in a statement that the New York Hazon stands for connecting people of all sectors in order to build sustainable communities. “We believe that the sustainability of Israel and of our faith lies in honest conversation, despite deep disagreements, not in attacking people for their identity or their beliefs or anything else,” Lavi said. “This new Israeli Hazon is doing exactly the opposite of this. I hope that they will end this campaign.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, the new Israeli group said its goal is “returning the Jewish character to the national agenda in Israel.”

The new group recently released a banner titled, “A father and a mother = a family.” The poster was later taken down after LGBT activists complained.

Former American Jewish World Service CEO Ruth Messinger, who was also a Hazon trustee said in as statement, “Hazon has consistently been on the side of so much that is good and right in Jewish tradition, and it has, as well, a longstanding commitment to pluralism and inclusive community. It is quite awful that this group in Israel is inciting bigotry, let alone in the name of Jewish tradition. I hope that anyone who opposes this—as I and my colleagues strongly do— will go to Facebook and like the Hazon page, to make clear that this organization does not in any way speak in our name.”

JTA reported that Rabbi Dror Aryeh, one of the leaders of the Israeli group, told the publication Srugim, that the new organization is dedicated “to the Temple, to health, to purity.” Aryeh added that the new organization has collected 123,000 signatures in 36 hours and gained the support of major rabbis on a petition to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Did you enjoy this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Editor's Picks

Latest Articles

Culture

Latest Articles
Latest

Gun Laws From a Doctor’s Perspective

A readily available gun facilitates lethal violence that might never occur with even minor obstacles or with time for homicidal passions to cool.  

The Rotting Big Apple

“New York, New York” is now a less “wonderful town,” and having a “New York State of Mind” will soon have less to do with longing than with possibly leaving.

The True Celebration of Our Independence

On this Independence Day, let’s celebrate that ideal, and rededicate ourselves to reaching it.

Can We Celebrate July Fourth If We’re the “Disunited States” of America?

America will never survive as the United States unless the exhausted majority starts to make more noise.

My Friend Jan Perry

Drawing an analogy between the neighborhood she once lived in and the neighborhood in which Israel lives, she says people can learn to live together, but it’s the actions of those who have been hostile, not words, that are important.

Hollywood

Podcasts

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

x
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap