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A vegan revolution in Israel

You might have heard that Israel is on course to become the world's first vegan nation, with an estimated 5% of the population eschewing animal products. It is fascinating to read about what inspired this revolution, and to learn about just how diverse the animal rights movement is.

Raised in a vegetarian home, and now a vegan, Orthodox Rabbi Asa Keisar [pictured, left] is one of the key figures 'making the case that veganism, or at least vegetarianism, is a choice that Torah-observant Jews are obliged to make'.

- If you have a few seconds, please share the article online.

- If you have a few minutes, click here to read the full article on pages 7 and 8.

- If you have an hour, watch Asa's 'The Lecture Every Jew Has to Watch'

Look out for two features on the growing plant-based movement in Israel in the winter issue of the
Jewish Vegetarian Quarterly magazine, which is out in two weeks' time.

Lara Smallman
Director, Jewish Vegetarian Society

JVS at JW3

Mystery Cooking Workshop [Middle Eastern], 15th December at 7.30pm

Food on Film: 'Just East It: A Food Waste Story' on 9th February at 7pm

Cooking from the Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook on 8th March at 7.30pm

Check out online calendar for the latest details about forthcoming events.


Braised Cauliflower & Puy Lentil Tabouleh

'Combined with great olive oil and sweet roasted cauliflower this is substantial salad. I love the spice mix baharat – if you can’t find it, substitute it for ground spices. I like to use pomegranate molasses in the dressing – it gives a funky reddish tinge and has a sticky tang all of its own'. Another delightful recipe from 'Peace & Parsnips' author Lee Watson.

JVS membership = the perfect Chanukah gift

Membership costs just £12 per year [single] / £15 per year [family]. As a member, you'll receive a host of special treats, listed here. Membership makes a great gift. Members receive:

  • Discounted tickets to the majority of our events [we host an array of activities, from mystery cooking classes to a pop-up café with guest chefs, panel discussions, cookery demonstrations, and lots more]
  • Free tickets to the JVS Film Club
  • A range of special offers on vegetarian/vegan products
  • Free access to our community library
  • And have the chance to enter members-only competitions


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