JVS Jerusalem / Ginger Vegetarian Community Centre

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The JVS in Jerusalem was founded in 1991 by Philip Pick, to be a centre for the promotion of vegetarianism as a means to advance the physical, mental, moral and economic improvement of humankind.

In 1992 the Society entered its venue in central Jerusalem, now known as Ginger – the Vegetarian Community Center in Jerusalem. With its high ceiling, thick walls, painted doors and shaded garden, Ginger provides relaxed atmosphere for study, contemplation, community building and grassroot activism. In recent years the JVS has become the backbone for vegan activism in Jerusalem. You can come here for lectures and workshops on varied subjects from cooking classes to nutrition guidance to animal liberation theories.

There are also vegan meals and holiday dinners, a monthly freecycling market [vegan food is served], and meetings of local activist groups. JVS Jerusalem has initiated a series of courses on Judaism and food ethics, on human-animal relations and on food economy. It hosts seminars of various animal protection groups. JVS Jerusalem also has the most comprehensive library in Israel on veganism and animal rights. Special emphasis is put on propagating the values related to veganism as they are expressed in Jewish sources and faith. Lectures and courses organized by the JVS in Jerusalem featured prominent Rabbis and Jewish scholars. We have also published printed booklets on animals in Judaism. JVS Jerusalem was the first group in Israel to reclaim the first day of the month of Elul as New Year for Animals. We work on a pluralistic basis, and we are always open to initiatives and ready to offer our venue as a platform for education and activism – as long as it promotes the Society’s values and does not come at the expense of other initiatives or activists.

To join the JVS Jerusalem mailing list or arrange your own activities at our venue, please contact veginger@gmail.com. The JVS Jerusalem coordinator is Yossi Wolfson

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Upcoming Events

5:00 pm Interfaith Climate Symposium 2: ... @ New West End Synagogue
Interfaith Climate Symposium 2: ... @ New West End Synagogue
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Interfaith Climate Symposium 2: From Local to Global @ New West End Synagogue | England | United Kingdom
*This is not a JVS event. We look forward to welcoming you to the second Symposium organised by the “Faith for the Climate”group lead by Canon Giles Goddard. The first was successfully held last September.
10:00 am VeggieWorld London at Kensington... @ Kensington Townhall
VeggieWorld London at Kensington... @ Kensington Townhall
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
VeggieWorld London at Kensington Town Hall @ Kensington Townhall | England | United Kingdom
*Please note that this is not a JVS event. VeggieWorld – Europe’s largest and oldest event promoting a vegan lifestyle – is coming to London! Great Britain’s vegan scene is impressive with already half a[...]
7:30 pm JVS Al Fresco Potluck Friday Nig... @ JVS
JVS Al Fresco Potluck Friday Nig... @ JVS
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
JVS Al Fresco Potluck Friday Night Dinner @ JVS | England | United Kingdom
Don’t miss our next potluck Friday night dinner! 54 people attended the last one in February and we are excited to be planning the next one in spring – and hopefully open up our garden[...]

Very big news: We are thrilled to announce that JVS is crowdfunding to create the UK’s first Jewish vegetarian centre, due to open in London in the autumn of this year.

A philanthropist has generously offered to match fund every £1 we raise up to £25,000.

There are an array of special treats on offer to donors over on our crowdfunding page, where you can find out what we plan to use the money for. Please help us to reach our target by making a donation and sharing this post far and wide.