• The Low-fat Jewish Vegetarian Cookook—This is a slim volume published by the Vegetarian Resource Group. You’ll find a short section on holidays and a list of kosher for Passover recipes.
  • No-Cholesterol Passover RecipesAnother short book published by the Vegetarian Resource Group, this one is entirely kosher for Passover with no kitniyot.
  • Olive Trees and HoneyThis is my favorite Jewish cookbook. Beautifully designed and very thorough, it is by far the most modern book on this list.
  • Vegan Passover RecipesOne more quickie by the VRG. This one includes a few microwave recipes.
  • The Vilna Vegetarian CookbookThis is a historic cookbook (1938) that was recently translated from Yiddish. The recipes are old-fashioned and some may look odd to current eaters (there’s a recipe for pear salad that has mushrooms and peas!).
  • Books by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. These books aren’t strictly Jewish, however Isa manages to slip a few Jewish recipes in each book she publishes. Look for kugels, matzo brei, matzo ball soup, and tsimmes.


Chai—This is Israel’s animal advocacy organization. They work on typical animal rights topics like animals in entertainment and animal experimentation.

Jewish Vegetarians of North AmericaOur very own organization committed to vegan outreach to Jews. Their board includes both rabbis and activists. They host events and speakers all over the United States. Their most notable speaker is Alex Hershaft, a Holocaust survivor and cofounder of Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM). JVNA’s website has information on the link between Judaism and vegetarianism, how to host Jewish holidays and Shabbat meals, and making your synagogue veg-friendly.

Rosh HaShanah LeBehemaA friend of mine is trying to revitalize Rosh Hodesh Elul, Jewish New Year for Animals. It’s similar to Tu’Bshvat, but focused on animals. It takes place on the first of Elul every year. They describe it as “the day to reflect on our immediate or mediated relationships with domesticated animals, recognize our personal responsibilities to them, individually and as part of a distinct and holy people, and repair our relationships to the best of our ability.” The Facebook page is also a great spot to find articles about the Jewish perspective on animal rights. (My friend is cofounder of the Open Siddur Project, which you should also check out.)



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