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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 Has Ever Heard
We knew it would be an historic event. Our expectations were high.
But we could not have imagined the impact of Alex Hershaft's presentation on Aug. 25 at a JVNA event titled "From the Warsaw Ghetto to the Fight for Animal Rights."
It is no exaggeration to say that it was one of the most powerful vegan-advocacy lectures ever delivered.
Alex, a JVNA Board 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.
Then he described how his terrible ordeal as a victim of Nazi oppression inspired him to champion the cause of farmed animals, who are branded, mutilated, confined in obscenely small cages, and then killed with knives or blades.
Although Alex has been a pioneer in farmed-animal advocacy as the legendary founder and president of the Farm Animal Rights Movement, he had never delivered a lecture about the connection to his Holocaust experiences before.
The lecture was held at the largest synagogue in Western Pennsylvania and was co-sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Greater Pittsburgh.
Recognizing that there was national interest in this historic lecture, JVNA had the event professionally filmed. You can watch it here:
We will also be endeavoring to replicate this event in Jewish venues across the country, particularly in Washington, Baltimore, 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.
Teaching People How to Prepare Vegan Cuisine
The Jewish Veg Spotlight Shines On ... Mark Reinfeld
JVNA member Mark Reinfeld chose a most appropriate name for his successful culinary-education business: Vegan Fusion.
It describes Mark’s brand of vegan advocacy, which is a fusion of teaching intensive courses on vegan cooking, writing vegan cookbooks, serving as lead chef at Vegetarian Summerfest, and even writing articles on the Jewish ideal of veganism.
JVNA caught up with Mark this summer during one of his rare breaks at Vegetarian Summerfest, an all-vegan, five-day, food-centric conference held every year in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.