Jeremy Cohen | University of Pennsylvania | “I'm now going into my third year as a vegan, and I have come to appreciate its social, environmental, and ethical implications. Grounding my lifestyle in the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam and an active empathy for all living things is an intuitive next step of the journey.”
Matthew Readdick | San Francisco Conservatory of Music | “As Jews, we have a responsibility to teach people that our dietary choices can harm to not only the billions of slaughtered and enslaved animals whose bodies we use for food, but humans who consume them as well. I look forward to the day when the majority of Jews consider veganism as a way to connect with other beings that inhabit this gift of a planet as equals, not as products.”
Yinnon Sanders | Cornell University | “Planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables, as well as working with animals on Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu inspired me to take a closer look at where my food was coming from and how it was produced. The contrast between the organic farm I volunteered on and the industrial production of meat convinced me to start cutting animal products out of my diet.”
Adam Chanes | Northwestern University | “It started to hit me how not consuming meat aligned with my spirituality. I was eager to be a more balanced individual in mind and body: to commit myself to middot of moderation. I began to agonize over the nature of brazen ownership, control, exploitation, and oppression of humans and commodities alike, in the face of God to whom all belongs.”
Jessie Duke | USC | "I've always been proud to be Jewish, but only once I started grounding myself in my passions for yoga philosophy and veganism was I able to mindfully explore what my Judaism means to me, beyond what I learned didactically. On a very deep level, I am beginning to understand the spiritual foundation that will lead me towards a life of meaning filled with compassion that I hope will spill over to all those I come in contact with."