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Please help us save the soul of Judaism with your tax-deductible membership donation. Your donation will be automatically doubled by a matching grant and will support our many plant-based programs. It takes just a minute to donate online by clicking on the image above. Donations also accepted by checks payable to JVNA, 9 Hawthorne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15221.

Your Nutrition Questions Answered

Where do vegan and vegetarians get their protein? What about iron? Calcium? Vitamins D and B12? JVNA addresses all of these important issues on our nutrition page

Take the JVNA Veg Pledge

From burgers to brisket, we can help you discover easy-to-make and enjoyable vegan alternatives. We'll send you resources, recipes, tips -- and, soon, the first-ever Jewish-themed Veg Starter Guide! Sign up at

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Going Meat-Free Is Delicious

Seitan "beef" stew is one of the many tasty and healthy recipes on our site. (Photo and recipe courtesy of JVNA supporter and vegan cooking star Isa Chandra Moskowitz and her Post Punk Kitchen.)

JVNA + VeggieConnection = The Perfect Match

JVNA is proud to partner with, the site where vegans connect. Sign up today through this link to start meeting Jewish veg singles.

Animals Merit Our Moral Consideration

The vast majority of cows are confined to unsanitary feed lots, deprived of room to roam and the ability to graze, and fed an unnatural mixture of corn and antibiotics.

JVNA 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us on October 13th for delicious food, great speakers, and a major, surprise announcement about the future of the Jewish Veg Movement! Advance, discount tickets are available now at


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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

View Alex Hershaft's recent presentation here:


Author of "The Perfect Formula Diet" 

The Jewish Veg Spotlight Shines On ... Janice Stanger, Ph.D.

Should we avoid soy? Is there any reason to consume fish oil for its Omega-3s? Does calcium really build strong bones?

For answers to these common questions and others, we turned to JVNA member Janice Stanger, Ph.D., a respected expert on the science of nutrition – and a debunker of nutrition myths. 

Read the Veg Spotlight