Bring a Jewish Veg Speaker to Your Jewish Institution
Jewish Veg is an international nonprofit organization supported by some of the country’s most respected rabbinic leaders. The organization, founded in 1975, educates Jews about the highest ideals of our religion, especially as they relate to our relationship with animals, our physical and spiritual health, and the environment.
Jewish Veg leaders -- our professional staff, rabbis, board members and advisers -- give scores of presentations at Jewish venues across the country. Their presentations have received excellent reviews from congregations, Hillels and JCCs from coast to coast.
Our Speakers Bureau covers all of the United States and Canada, promoting Judaism's compassionate values.
A Jewish Veg visit to your institution can take one, two, or all three of these forms:
- A short Dvar Torah at a Shabbat service.
- A 45-90 minute program on a Shabbat afternoon, Sunday or weeknight.
- A presentation for students in the 5th through 12th grades on what the Torah says about animals.
The 45-90 Minute Program
The program typically starts with our core presentation, and then, time permitting, pivots into a supplemental presentation.
This text-based presentation thoroughly addresses the Jewish basis for a plant-based diet. We look into what our texts and rabbinic tradition have to say, while answering any and all questions.
Supplemental Presentation Options
- How to Get Healthier: We look at what the leading nutrition studies have found about the relative benefits of plant-based and meat-based diets and offer some insights as to why vegans and vegetarians are living longer and suffering fewer chronic diseases.
- Our Food Choices and Our Planet: We examine and quantify the impact that animal agriculture is having on our planet in the areas of climate change, resource depletion, pollution and natural-habitat destruction.
- Animals in Modern Animal Agriculture: We dive into the surprising, even shocking, reality of modern animal agriculture and the implications for the welfare of animals.
- Israel, Light onto the Nations … in Food: Within the past few years, Israel has received global recognition as the most vegan-friendly country in the world. We explain how it happened and show examples of animal-rights activism and culinary innovation in Israel.
All Jewish Veg presenters adhere to the following three principles:
- We believe in respectful dialogue.
- Our speakers are happy to address anything in the Torah, Tanakh, Talmud or rabbinic tradition that anyone would like to discuss.
- We ask people to consider a reduction in their consumption of animal products, in keeping with the highest ideals of the Torah. And while we describe veganism as the ultimate goal, our speakers do not say that people must go vegetarian or vegan on the spot.
To discuss scheduling a Jewish Veg presentation for your organization, please fill out our short contact form and we'll respond to you within 48 hours, usually less.