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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."
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.
The Torah reflects great concern for the land, yet as the primary cause of water pollution, water use, topsoil erosion, destruction of the world's rainforests, and other environmental harms, animal agriculture takes a devastating toll on the planet.
Jewish teachings emphasize the grave importance of protecting human health, yet the consumption of animal products in the United States is responsible for numerous diseases including heart disease, America's number one killer.
By shifting toward or to a plant-based diet, we can fulfill the highest Jewish ideals, while enjoying delicious, healthy food.
Our Website goes into greater depth about Jewish Vegetarianism and provides a whole host of recipes and other resources. We hope you will find our site to be interesting, inspiring and helpful.
Meet the New Leaders of the Jewish Veg Movement
As a grassroots organization working hard to save animals and people from needless suffering, JVNA is only as strong as its membership base. In plain English, we need you.
But the caliber of JVNA’s new leadership does make a statement: We’re serious about our life-saving, misery-reducing mission.
At all three tiers of leadership -- our new Board of Directors, our Rabbinic Council, and our Advisory Council – JVNA has in place some of the brightest, most influential people in our nation’s Jewish community.
We installed our Board of Directors last month in New York and they immediately rolled up their sleeves and got to work on refining JVNA’s messaging. Now they are starting work on developing a strategic plan.
Each Board member brings to JVNA a particular skill set and valuable experience. You can read short bios here.
Among the names you might recognize are Alex Hershaft, the founder of the Farm Animal Rights Movement and convener of the annual Animal Rights Conference, and Richard Schwartz, author of the seminal book, “Judaism and Vegetarianism.”
Also on the Board are a film producer, an attorney-M.B.A., a public-relations expert, and members with professional experience in Jewish and animal-advocacy organizations.
Members of JVNA’s newly formed Rabbinic Council include such widely respected and recognized figures as Rabbi Steve Gutow, the president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, who was named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek last year.
“Judaism, which has a passion for life, understands that eating meat is a compromise with our baser nature,” said Rabbi Wolpe. “To be vegetarian is both beneficial for our health and a grace to the garden God has given us.”
Meanwhile, the organization’s new Advisory Council includes Paul Shapiro, the vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the United States, and Caryn Ginsberg, author of “Animal Impact.”
Caryn designed JVNA’s new logo and served as the facilitator for the first Board meeting.
While this might seem like an impressive leadership team, JVNA is not through recruiting the best and brightest. There are open slots on all three tiers of leadership as the Jewish veg movement continues to grow and build.
For the suffering animals who are depending on us, and for the health of our fellow Jews, JVNA needs the broadest membership base and the strongest leadership possible.
The Jewish Veg Spotlight Shines On ... Beth Levine
Twice a month, JVNA will shine a well-deserved spotlight on a member of the Jewish community who is doing great work to persuade people to embrace plant-based living.
We'll start this month with Beth Levine, a licensed clinical social worker in Rockville, MD, and a talented poet.
Please click on the link below to read Beth's incredibly moving poem. And if you feel so inclined, please post the link on social media or email the link to someone who should read it.