Jewish Veg

Rabbinic Statement

 

 

“Judaism’s way of life, its dietary practices, are designed to ennoble the human spirit. It is therefore a contradiction in terms to claim that products that come through a process that involves inordinate cruelty and barbarity toward animal life can truly be considered kosher in our world. In our world today, it is precisely a plant-based diet that is truly consonant with the most sublime teachings of Judaism and of the highest aspirations of our heritage.”

Rabbi David Rosen, Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland 

We, the undersigned rabbis, encourage our fellow Jews to transition toward animal-free, plant-based diets. This approach to sustenance is an expression of our shared Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.

 

 
Jewish Veg Rabbinic Council     
Rabbi David Wolpe  Rabbi Raymond Apple  Rabbi Aaron Levy 
Rabbi Katy Z. Allen  Rabbi Annie Belford  Rabbi Benjamim Levy
Rabbi Nelly Altenburger  Rabbi Aaron Benson  Rabbi Natan Levy 
Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz  Rabbi Matthew Berger   Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo 
Rabbi Rick Brody  Rabbi Binyamin Biber  Rabbi Yonatan Neril 
Rabbi Boris Dolin  Rabbi Rachel Brown  Rabbi Danny Newman 
Rabbi Robert Judd  Rabbi Janet Burden  Rabbi Hillel Norry 
Rabbi Andy Kastner Rabbi Prof. Geoffrey Claussen  Rabbi Avi Olitzky 
Rabbi Jonathan Klein Rabbi Aryeh Cohen   Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein  Rabbi Robert Davis Rabbi Rabbi Carl Perkins
Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner  Rabbi Art Donsky Rabbi Nina Perlmutter
Rabbi Barry Silver  Rabbi Steven Exler  Rabbi Jonah Rank
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb  Rabbi Yossi Feintuch  Rabbi Ed Rosenthal
Rabbi Marc Soloway  Rabbi Lori Feldstein-Gardner  Rabbi Samuel Samtosha Steinberg
Rabbi Beni Wajnberg  Rabbi Adam Frank  Rabbi Barry Schwartz
Rabbi Ariann Weitzman  Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin Rabbi Arthur Segal
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz  Rabbi Stephen Fuchs Rabbi Rami Shapiro
  Rabbi Yonassan Gershom  Rabbi Camille Shira Angel
  Rabbi Shefa Gold Rabbi Andy Shugerman
  Rabbi Aaron Goldstein  Rabbi Daniel Sperber
  Rabbi Elyse Goldstein  Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen 
  Rabbi Jeremy Gordon  Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
  Rabbi Bonny Grosz  Rabbi Dr. Raysh Weiss
  Rabbi Jay Herman  Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
  Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn Rabbi Ben-Hayil Yellen
  Rabbi Dr. Deborah Kahn-Harris Lina Zerbarini
  Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black  
  Rabbi Max Kohanzad Rabbinic or Cantorial Students
  Rabbi Tzvi Koren Laura Bellows
  Rabbi Michael Kramer Aryeh Bernstein
  Rabbi Paul Kurland  David Fair
     

 

Jewish Veg wishes to thank the U.K.-based Jewish Vegetarian Society for helping to recruit rabbis to sign this statement.

 

This Statement is signed by 13 Orthodox rabbis, 24 Conservative rabbis, 25 Reform rabbis, 8 Reconstructionist rabbis, 3 transdenominational rabbis, 1 Renewal rabbi and 1 Secular Humanist rabbi, as well as by 2 rabbinic students and one cantorial student.