Shamayim is thrilled to offer regular free webinars to the community for the purposes of teaching, community-building, holiday celebrations, and supporting our growing community through cooking demos. Stay connected with us and be notified of upcoming webinars by signing up for our newsletter.
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Mourning for the Animals on Tisha B’av- A class with Rabbi Akiva Gersh, Senior Jewish Educator of Shamayim and also known as “The Vegan Rabbi.” You can watch the recording here.
Come Cook With Us – A Vegan Shabbat Cooking Series – For the fourth session in this series, Diana Goldman of Beantown Kitchen, taught us how to make her Hearty Baked Lasagna with Vegan Cashew Parmesan for Shabbat. You can watch the recording here.
Come Cook With Us – A Vegan Shabbat Cooking Series – For the third session in this series home cook, Sabrina Bonaparte, taught us how she makes a full whole foods plant-based meal with her Potato Bar topped with veggies, chili, cheese sauce, and sour cream and she finished off with her healthy black bean brownies. All parts were made with no oil. Watch the recording here.
Come Cook With Us – A Vegan Shabbat Cooking Series – For the second session in this series Ori Shavit of Vegans on Top taught us her Tofu Chraime (spicy Moroccan dish) recipe and answered questions about the vegan scene in Israel. Watch the recording here.
Esther at the Table: Stories on Food and Feminism – We celebrated Purim by looking at why veganism is a feminist issue. We talked midrash (Biblical commentary), animal and gender rights and the role that feminism plays in our food ethics. You can still watch our thoughtful conversation, moving stories, and uplifting songs by clicking here.
Spirit, Symbols, Snacks and Song: A Communal Tu B’Shvat Seder – We hosted an interactive Tu B’Shvat seder that transformed the Jewish “birthday of the trees,” into a meaningful ritual. We explored the ecological essence of the holiday, engaged the senses, and provided take away easy-to-run activities for your future celebrations. This event was co-sponsored by Hazon, Jewish Veg, and the Jewish Initiative for Animals.
Animals, Religion, and Public Health: An Interfaith Webinar – Listen to professors and experts from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Unitarian Universalist faiths as they discuss animal agriculture, its relationship to public health, and faith-based insights into this crucial intersection at a time when a global pandemic has laid bare the deep problems within industrialized farming.
Salty ‘N Sweet Chanukah Eats – Savor the love and light of Chanukah with the help of delicious easy-to-make recipes! We hosted cookbook author, Estee Raviv, (Oy Vey Vegan) to learn how to make classic latkes (with a surprise twist), followed by a Chanukah cookie “cook-with” where you were invited to bake along.
Cook With Chef Megan Tucker – In conjunction with the international Shabbat Project, we hosted Chef Megan who taught us how to use mushrooms and jackfruit in place of chicken and brisket in your traditional favorite Shabbat recipes.
Jewish Recipes from Around the World – We celebrated World Vegan Day with amazing chefs, cooks, and authors who shared cooking demos from around the world. Check out the Israeli, Ethiopian, Indian, and Puerto Rican recipes and demos!
Plant-Based Summer Speaker Series – Chef Megan Tucker taught two sessions for our 2020 Summer Speakers. Megan is a professional chef & owner of Mort & Betty’s Vegan Jewish Deli. Check out Deli Salads & Salatim on the Plant-Based Table and Plant-Based Eggs Unscrambled: An Overview of Egg Substitutes in Cooking and Baking from Aquafaba to Vegan Retail Products.
Justice & Compassion: Judaism Calls for a Vegan Spiritual Revolution – Vegan Chef AJ interviews Shamayim’s founder, Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz.
From Compassion to Activism: Animal Rights During the Pandemic – The Israeli Consulate NY hosted this session which shared what three major Jewish organizations are doing to promote veganism and animal welfare, which is even more important now that we are living through a pandemic tied to the consumption of animals.
Evolving How You Eat – Lauren Bernick became a health advocate inadvertently when she was diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease at the age of 46. She led a discussion about how to evolve your eating habits in a way that’s sustainable for everyone and shared her personal journey.
Think Traditional Jewish Food like Corned Beef but Made from Plants – Jenny Goldfarb, founder of Unreal Deli, joined us at the Great Big Jewish Food Fest. Jenny spoke about why we, as Jews, feel so attached to the food of our ancestors and how we can continue to enjoy them even after becoming vegan.
Shavuot Webinar: From Ancient Harvest to Home Kitchen – In this dynamic webinar, we looked at the history of this harvest holiday, the custom of eating dairy and produce, and the themes of freedom and limitation as they relate to our personal food choices. We closed with a plant-based cooking demo with vegan cook Brett Trueman and his vegan cheesecake.
Pantry Pesach – Los Angeles based caterer Ariel Freda led a live, kosher-for-Passover food demo focused on easy plant-based recipes using staples from your pantry and kitchen.
A Passover that is Free for All: Worker, Animal, and Climate Justice – At this pre-Passover webinar, we learned about how what we eat during this celebration of freedom affects animals, the environment, and workers, along with how to make food choices that are truly in line with our Jewish values.
We’ve also hosted unrecorded webinars such as a writing workshop for Sukkot entitled, Growing in Temporary Spaces: A Sukkot Writing Workshop and Discussion. We also hosted a session entitled Connecting Anti-Oppression Work and Tikkun Olam with Meadow Amster.