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May 18, 2011 - Food Matters Book Club Discussion

In Food Matters, Mark Bittman suggests making small, relatively easy changes to our diet to improve our personal, economic and environmental health. Join our virtual book club discussion to share your own ideas, discuss Bittman's approach to food justice and hear from leading food scholars of our Movement's ethical eating initiative.

VBMSRabbi Michael Satz of Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA will facilitate a discussion on Food Matters, Rabbi Hara Person, Director of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Press, will introduce The Sacred Table, the CCAR's new book of essays on creating a Jewish food ethic, and Rabbi Ariana Jaffe Silverman of Temple Kol Ami, West Bloomfield, MI will share thoughts on her essay on elevating ethical eating.

This is the conclusion of our five-part Green Virtual Beit Midrash series, a collaboration with the RAC

Title: Food Matters Book Club Discussion
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT


Richard Schwartz

May 2, 2011
08:23 PM

President, Jewish Vegetarians of North America

As president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America, I commend everyone involved in this important initiative of increasing awareness about Jewish teachings about food. I hope that plant-based diets will be considered because they are arguably the diets that are most consistent with basic jewish mandates to preserve human health, treat animals with compassion, protect the environment, conserve natural resources and help hungry people. Also, animal-based diets and agriculture are causing an epidemic of diseases in the Jewish and other communities, and contributing significantly to climate change and other environmental problems that threaten all of humanity. I believe it is essential that the Jewish community address these issues to help shift our imperiled planet to a sustainable path.

For further information about Jewish teachings on vegetarianism, please see my over 140 articles and 25 podcasts and book "Judaism and Vegetarianism" at and please see our acclaimed documentary "A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World" at

Many thanks and best wishes.


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