The Jewish Food Movement: Goals for the Next 7 Years

Jewish Food Movement?

Over the past few years, a growing number of Jewish foodies, farmers, rabbis, chefs, teachers, students, families and many others have brought meaning to those words, asking why and how one can eat in a way that is both deeply Jewish and deeply sustainable.

It is time to ask a new question: where will this movement be in 7 years? Last Rosh Hashanah ended the last shmita (sabbatical year) cycle, and we’ve begun the countdown to the end of the next shmita cycle in September 2015.  Using the shmita cycle, with its wisdom about our relationship to the land as a guide, what should be the goals of the Jewish food movement? How do you envision that the Jewish community (in the United States, Israel, the entire world) will look and act differently in its relationship to food by September, 2015?

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2 Responses to “The Jewish Food Movement: Goals for the Next 7 Years”

  1. NOE Says:

    My name is NOE/
    I’m a vegetarian,and love jewish food & ewish joke!

  2. Amy Says:

    This is a huge topic, with numerous areas which deserve comment. I will limit myself to what I believe every individual can accomplish:

    1. There are many reasons for kashrut, a discussion of which is too extensive for this forum, but one of the reasons is the animals themselves! Choose to refuse eggs, poultry and meat from animals which are raised in boxes and fed on hormones and antibiotics.

    2. Many of the products we buy are stained with the suffering and exploitation of 3rd world workers… choose to buy plantation products (coffee, tea, sugar, and cocoa/chocolate) with Fair Trade certification.

    3. Choose to produce one or two foods your household needs on a regular basis… bread, yogurt etc.

    4. Choose to grow something, even if it is only herbs on your windowsill.

    5. Say a bracha over your food. It reminds you to be grateful.

    I believe that these five changes will trigger a consciousness of food, a curiosity about how our food actually arrives on our plate, and a desire to become more involved in that process.

    Finally, I believe that the larger Jewish community will benefit from an Eco-kashrut certification body.

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