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Jewish Vegetarianism? Yes!
Why is it that many Jewish religious leaders advocate vegetarianism and veganism?
They include: former Chief Rabbi of Britain Jonathan Sacks, the late Chief Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Goren, the first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel, Abraham Kook.
The former Chief Rabbi of Ireland David Rosen considers "the consumption of meat as halachically unacceptable today."
The Torah is full of commandments demanding humane treatment of animals, yet the modern factory farms that produce over 90% of the animal products we consume today raise their animals in unconscionable conditions of abject misery.
Our Website goes into greater depth about Jewish veganism and provides a whole host of recipes and other resources. We hope you will find our site to be interesting, inspiring and helpful.
One of the Most Powerful Vegan-Advocacy Lectures Anyone Will Ever Hear
On Sunday, May 17 in Baltimore, Alex Hershaft delivered a presentation at a JVNA event titled "From the Warsaw Ghetto to a Life of Compassion."
It is no exaggeration to say that it was one of the most powerful vegan-advocacy lectures ever delivered.
Alex, a JVNA Advisory Council member and Holocaust survivor, gave a dramatic, emotional account of how he and his mother escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto and barely stayed one step ahead of the Gestapo for the rest of the war.
He then described how his terrible ordeal as a victim of Nazi oppression has motivated him to devote his life to championing the cause of exploited animals.
Although Alex has been a pioneer in farmed-animal advocacy as the legendary founder and president of the Farm Animal Rights Movement, he has only recently begun delivering his lecture about the connection to his Holocaust experiences.
Fresh off of a speaking tour in Israel, he spoke at Ner Tamid Greenspring Valley Synagogue. The presentation was co-sponsored by The Humane League, Vegan Outreach, Great Sage Restaurant, The Vegetarian Resource Group, and Farm Animal Rights Movement.
We are endeavoring to replicate this event in Jewish venues across the country, particularly in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. If you’re interested in having Alex deliver this powerful, high-impact lecture at your synagogue, JCC, Holocaust center, church, school, or Hillel, please contact us.
Creating a Very Vegan-Friendly Jewish Summer Camp
The Jewish Veg Spotlight Shines On ... Isaac Mamaysky
If only there was a vegan-friendly Jewish summer camp to which we could send our kids.
There are a few in existence, but Isaac Mamaysky has taken it a significant step further. Camp Zeke, which he opened last summer in the Poconos, not only offers solid vegan options at every meal, but also gives campers the opportunity to receiving training in plant-based cooking.
He gave up a promising career in law to bring his vegan vision into reality. How, and why, did he do it?