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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.
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.
From the Warsaw Ghetto to the Fight for Farm Animal Rights
JVNA, as a rule, does not invoke analogies between the Holocaust and factory farming.
It’s an imperfect analogy to begin with, and more importantly, Holocaust references almost invariably distract the listener from hearing your true message.
However, there is at least one person who can authentically and honestly draw comparisons between the murderous oppression of Jews in the Holocaust and the atrocious exploitation of farm animals in industrial agriculture.
That person is JVNA Board member and Warsaw Ghetto survivor Alex Hershaft.
History will be made in the vegan-advocacy movement on Monday night, August 25, when the Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Rodef Shalom Congregation and JVNA present “Alex Hershaft: From the Warsaw Ghetto to the Fight for Animal Rights.”
In front of what we expect will be a large audience in Pittsburgh, PA, Alex will describe how his experiences in the Holocaust motivated him to become a pioneering champion of farm animals.
This is first time an official Holocaust Center has sponsored a program on veganism and the brutal oppression of animals in our world’s meat, dairy and egg industries.
To RSVP, click here.
A new book co-written by JVNA member Patti Breitman
The Jewish Veg Spotlight Shines On .... Never Too Late to Go Vegan
Talk about a Dream Team of vegan authors!
Patti Breitman has co-authored an important new book wth Carol Adams of "The Sexual Politics of Meat" fame and prominent vegan registered dietician Virginia Messina.
Their book is the first to address the unique concerns of older adults who are considering a vegan diet. Much of the book, though, is applicable to anyone considering such a positive change.
We asked JVNA Advisory Council member Roberta Kalechofsky, an accomplished author herself, to read and review Patti's book.