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Ethical Eating: Jewish Food History, Values and Ritual

In partnership with Shamayim: Animal Advocacy

Mondays, Nov 11, Nov 25, Dec 9, 7:30–8:30pm Eastern  

$108 for three sessions

All sessions will be recorded and available to participants. You may join the session live or watch recordings at your own convenience.

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How can we create a kinder world through daily food rituals? Food is a central part of Jewish culture; it represents our history as well as our values. In this three-part series, we will deepen our understanding of where our food comes from as well as study texts that show us the significance of our food choices throughout Jewish history. We’ll be using this knowledge to examine our current food traditions to ask the question: what can we do to make sure we are in alignment with ethical and conscious eating today? 

Shamayim: Jewish Animal Advocacy educates leaders, trains advocates and leads campaigns for the ethical treatment of animals. From the Synagogue Vegan Challenge to the nationwide Campus Fellowship to the annual Jewish Vegan retreat, Shamayim provides a community for Jewish animal advocates and helps them take action in their own communities. 



Rabbi Rick Brody has been committed to animal welfare and ethical eating — through personal practice and public activism — for over 31 years, when he first became a vegetarian. Rick has been strictly vegan for 10 years. He currently serves as the Community Chaplain at Jewish Family Service of Colorado, meeting the pastoral needs of unaffiliated Jews throughout the greater Denver area, where he has lived since August 2018. He is on the rabbinic advisory committee of Shamayim: Jewish Animal Advocacy and the rabbinic council of Jewish Veg—both of which promote a Jewish approach to veganism and animal welfare.



Rabbi Jonathan Klein serves as the Executive Director of Beth Chayim Chadashim, the world’s first LGBTQ synagogue. Upon ordination in 1997, he directed KESHER (the Union for Reform Judaism’s college program) (1997-2000), directed USC Hillel (2000-8), worked at Progressive Jewish Alliance (2008-9), and directed Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (2009-2018). Rabbi Klein co-founded Faith Action for Animals, organizing faith leaders around policy to protect animals from human speciesism.




Dr. Adrienne Krone is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Jewish Life at Allegheny College. She has a Ph.D. in American Religion from Duke University. Her research focuses on food and farming practices in contemporary American religions. Her current project is an ethnographic and historical study of the Jewish community farming movement in North America. When she’s not teaching or writing about food and farming she enjoys gardening, cooking, and canning. 


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