September 2019 Newsletter

September 18th, 2019

​ERICA FUCHS

We’re wishing a sweet (almost) new year!

This month we’re excited to share a Rosh Hashanah giveaway opportunity along with recipes and resources, a reminder about our new Egg-Free Challah program, an upcoming Ethical Eating webinar series, updates on our Synagogue Vegan Challenge participants, and some speaker announcements for our annual retreat.

VEGAN ROSH HASHANAH – GIVEAWAY, RECIPES, AND RESOURCES

We’ve collaborated with Jewish Food Hero to giveaway a copy of the “Jewish Food Hero Cookbook”, a printed Jewish holiday calendar, a copy of Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz’s “The Jewish Vegan”, a Dr. Bronner’s special edition End Factory Farming soap, a Shamayim shirt in the size of your choice, and some Shamayim stickers to one lucky winner for the new year.

Enter through our Facebook and Instagram!

VEGAN ROSH HASHANAH RECIPES

Resources

EGG-FREE CHALLAH PROGRAM

Have you heard?

We’ve launched our newest program that will help your congregation be more eco-conscious and animal-friendly by instituting one simple change. Please join us!

To sign up for the Egg-Free Challah Program, email lisa@shamayim.us. You’ll receive all of the guidance and support you need to launch this program at your congregation, along with a simple vegan challah recipe to use.

SIGN UP FOR OUR WEBINAR SERIES WITH RITUALWELL

 

You’re invited to join us for a three-part webinar series in collaboration with Ritualwell, Ethical Eating: Jewish Food History, Values and Ritual.

“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?”

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

Learn more and Register here.

SYNAGOGUE VEGAN CHALLENGE UPDATES

The third cohort of our Synagogue Vegan Challenge has kicked off! Over the next year, five selected Jewish communities will incorporate plant-based food and education into their programing at least once a month. This will introduce hundreds of people in the nationwide Jewish community to delicious plant-based food that is better for us, the environment and of course, the animals. This program is sponsored by VegFund.

Congregation Beth Sholom in Providence, RI hosted a great Synagogue Vegan Challenge kick-off event at Wildflour Vegan Bakery & Juice Bar! They celebrated receiving the vegan food grant and discussed programming related to food consciousness for the year ahead. 

Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, CO had a “Back to Shul” event to kick off their participation in the Synagogue Vegan Challenge. For this first event, people especially loved the vegan desserts served! This synagogue is excited to be partnering with a famous local vegan chef and with their local JCC (who has an organic garden) during the year for many of their programs. Stay tuned for more updates on how they are bringing vegan food to their congregation.

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL JEWISH ANIMAL ADVOCACY RETREAT

 

You’re invited to join us as we invigorate the connection between our traditions, values, and compassion for animals over an uplifting Shabbat weekend with insightful sessions, delicious kosher vegan meals and networking with activists, scholars, and animal advocacy leaders from every corner of the Jewish vegan community. Everyone is welcome at this retreat, no matter dietary choices or religious identity.

When?
Friday evening – Sunday afternoon, February 7th – 9th, 2020
Where?
The Brandeis-Bardin Institute – 1101 Peppertree Lane Brandeis, CA

If you are interested in leading a session or have any questions, please reach out to lisa@shamayim.us.

See what our past retreat was like:
2019 Schedule | 2019 Session Descriptions | 2019 Photos

We’re excited to announce two confirmed speakers that will be leading sessions this February! You can read their bios here.

Register and take advantage of early-bird pricing Until December 15th!

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