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Professor Richard Schwartz

My Foreword For “Kaporus Then and Now: Toward a more compassionate tradition; by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom

Written by Richard Schwartz, originally published by the Times of Israel blog. Kol hakavod (kudos) to Rabbi Yonassan Gershom for writing this splendid, much needed book, arguing that Jews should practice the ritual of Kapporos using money rather than chickens. He is the ideal person to write such a book for many reasons: He is […]

JVS member Janine Bronson interviews Professor Richard Schwartz

JVS member Janine Bronson interviewed Professor Richard Schwartz, President Emeritus of the JVNA (Jewish Vegetarians of North America), keen to find out: How does meat-eating conflict with Jewish tradition? 1. While Judaism mandates that people should be very careful about preserving their health and their lives, numerous scientific studies have linked animal-based diets directly to […]

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Mystery Cooking Workshop for Young Professionals @ Moishe House London 17 June 6.30pm

Interested in learning how to prepare quick, easy, creative and delicious veggie dishes? No previous cooking experience is required. We look forward to welcoming you at this informal class, where you’ll learn how to make 3-4 dishes. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy our creations together al fresco after the class. This class will be taught by co-creator of veggie […]

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A Jewish Vegetarian Response to Efforts to Ban Shechita

By Richard H. Schwartz As president emeritus of Jewish Vegetarians of North America, I would like to address the many recent efforts in several countries to ban shechita (Jewish ritual slaughter). First, although JVNA believes that every person should be a vegan and that there should be NO slaughter of animals at all, we also […]

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JVS 50th AGM with guest speaker Michael Daniel from the Gate Restaurant

The booking for this event has now closed. The afternoon will commence with the AGM, followed by a talk by our guest speaker. Afternoon tea will be served after the meeting. How did two brothers who knew very little about cooking and even less about running a restaurant create what has become one of London’s most successful […]

Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry

By Felicity Lawrence, Andrew Wasley and Radu Ciorniciuc (Wednesday 23rd July 2014) Source:                               Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have launched emergency investigations into their chicken supplies after a Guardian investigation uncovered a catalogue of alleged hygiene failings in the […]

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Our 1st film club – 9 July – West Hampstead: 6-9pm, includes dinner

This event is taking place at JHub, Haskell House, 152 West End Lane, West Hampstead, London, NW6 1SD. Click here for directions. Doors open at 6pm, and dinner is included in the ticket price. We hope you can join us for an evening of fascinating film and delicious food. We’ll be serving a plant-based buffet supper […]

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Some Thoughts for Tu B’Shvat – Professor Richard Schwartz

Reproduced with kind permission from Professor Richard Schwartz: When God created the world, he was able to say, “It is very good”. Everything was in harmony as God had planned, the waters were clean, the air was pure. But what must God think about the world today? What must God think when the rain he […]

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Patients unknowingly prescribed non-vegetarian drugs

A new study has found that a quarter of patients are unknowingly prescribed drugs containing gelatin, derived from animal bones or skin. 500 patients were surveyed by Manchester Royal Infirmary researchers who found that approximately 40% of patients preferred not to consume animal products. Out of these 200 following a vegetarian diet, 49 were found […]

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4,500 hens saved!

Just one week ago, animal welfare groups Farm Sanctuary, Animal Place, and Harvest Home joined forces to rescue hens at a factory farm in Modesto, California, where 50,000 hens used for egg production had been abandoned and left to starve for two weeks. The hens were left locked in battery cages without food or water […]

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