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New Year for Animals Zoom Discussion in Israel

August 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

You are cordially invited to attend a Zoom discussion of the historic, potentially transformative initiative to restore the ancient New Year for Animals and to transform it into a day devoted to increasing awareness of Jewish teachings about compassion to animals and how far current realities are from these teachings. It will also consider how animal-based diets and agriculture seriously violate basic Jewish teachings about preserving human health, treating animals with compassion, protecting the environment, conserving natural resources, helping hungry people, and pursuing peace.

The event will take place on August 20, Rosh Chodesh Elul, when the ancient holiday was observed, at 8 PM Israeli time.

To join the meeting,  click on the ZOOM link at the bottom of this page.

The scheduled speakers are:

Miriam Maisel, MD, family practitioner, with emphasis on nutrition and lifestyle;

Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development;

Richard Schwartz, PhD, president emeritus of Jewish Veg and author of Judaism and Vegetarianism;

Yael Shemesh, professor of bible at Bar Ilan University;

Alon Tal, PhD, chairman of the Public Policy Department at Tel Aviv University and author of Pollution in the Promised Land;

Isaac Thomas, director of Vegan Nation