The Leichtag Latest – June 2014

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Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Partners,

Save the Date!

Sukkot at the Ranch returns Sunday October 12th, 2014. We can’t wait to celebrate food, farming and the harvest together again.
We’ll share more details in the coming months. In the meantime, please mark your calendars!

New Partners

Acclaimed farmer, entrepreneur, and author Daron ‘Farmer D’ Joffe has joined the Leichtag Foundation staff team as Ranch Development Director. He and his family will be moving to Encinitas from the Bay Area over the summer. Here’s a short clip of Farmer D from Sukkot at the Ranch 2013.
We’ve partnered up with our neighbors to form the Encinitas Environmental Education Cluster. These partners include the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, the Encinitas Union School District, the San Diego Botanic Garden, Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, and the San Dieguito Heritage Museum.
Finally, we’ve had “bud break” on the vineyard, which brings to mind the upcoming Jewish festival of Shavuot, a holiday which celebrates inclusivity and hospitality, knowledge and the agricultural bounty.
Thank you for your interest and support! Have a happy Shavuot!

Jim FarleyPresident & CEO Charlene SeidleExecutive Vice President

Upcoming Events at the Ranch


“Reveal the Power of Food”
A Conversation With Robert Egger

Presented by: Jewish Food Justice Fellowship
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Ranch (map)


How can we in San Diego County grow from the traditional hunger relief “service” model to providing solutions built upon equal access to healthy food, economic empowerment, social enterprise and community engagement?Join us on June 24th at 4:00pm for a discussion with Robert Egger, Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen and D.C. Central Kitchen and a national thought leader on how we can both address hunger and — at the same time — create jobs and build the economy.This event is open to the community. Please RSVP!


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North County Jewish Life

Participate in Our Focus Group

We are conducting follow up focus groups in mid June and would appreciate and value your input! Selected focus group participants will be notified by June 6th. Dinner will be provided and for groups with children, childcare will be available as well. In addition, each selected focus group participant will receive a $25 gift card.  Sign up now!

San Diego-Israel Connections

Sustainability in Israel & Nepal

This month, the Jewish Food Justice Fellows traveled to Israel to learn about the latest in sustainable agriculture, and how it can inform community building. They then proceeded to Nepal to learn about agriculture in the developing world. We’ll be sharing more stories in the future, but here are some highlights from their trip. See more.

Jerusalem Renewal


Ultra-Orthodox Workforce Development

During their time in Israel, the Fellows met with several of our Jerusalem grantees. Addressing poverty in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, the Kidum program (pictured) focuses on training and ongoing professional development for the job market and for sustaining a living wage. The Fellows engaged in candid, thoughtful conversation with ultra-Orthodox participants and program staff.

Self Sufficiency


Announcing the 2-1-1 North County Portal

To help individuals needing assistance, or agencies looking to help their clients, the Leichtag Foundation supported the creation of 2-1-1’s new online portal to make it easier to search for services in North County. In addition to the “North County Resource Guide” search engine, check out the new “North County Nutrition Resources” page with easy-to-navigate links to information on community gardens, farmer’s markets, food pantries, meals for seniors, and more. 2-1-1 added a special feature so people may search for food distributions by day of the week. Learn more.


“Working Together to End Hunger in North County”

A convening on hunger was hosted by the North County Food Policy Council in April 2014 at Interfaith Community Services. This was a tremendous opportunity to bring together organizations addressing hunger in North County to learn about available resources, share best practices, foster collaboration and create new partnerships. The event also offered training on the San Diego Self-Sufficiency Standard and “Making Ends Meet” report, 2-1-1’s new online search portal for North County, and the Food Policy Council’s GIS map of North County nutrition resources.

Jewish Food Justice Fellowship Videos