Putting Our Food Values into Action

Join one or all of our educational sessions and gain exposure to the variety of impacts and implications of our food choices, including the sourcing of animal products and repurposing of leftovers. Come gain exposure to national and local resources, and enjoy a community of peer learning and exchange of ideas. We are building a community invested in ethical food purchasing, consumption, and waste disposal in the greater Boston Jewish community that transcends denominational boundaries.

Series co-sponsored by Jewish Initiative for Animals

Ta’amim Tovim Education Series – Putting Our Food Values into Action kicks off with a two-part, in-depth conversation about Jewish tradition and crucial tools for making conscious purchasing choices today: 

Sourcing Higher Welfare: Navigating food claims and choosing best options

February 28 & March 7
Webinars – 7:00-8:30 p. m.

Ever wonder what all those claims and labels on food containers mean? Which indicate good practices, and which are in line with your values? For example, some of the most confusing claims appear on animal products, most of which (including kosher) come from factory farms. How can understanding Jewish concepts inform our work in making ethical and responsible food choices, for ourselves and for our Jewish institutions? How can we source the most humane, sustainable food products for our communities, and develop long-term goals for building healthier food systems? How can we best leverage our buying power? Join our two-part webinar to learn about some of the truths about our current food system, and gain the tools to navigate it. 

Beyond Kashrut: Food Policies for Synagogues

March 24
Jewish Climate Action Network Conference: The Task is Great, The Time is Short 
12:30-7:30 p.m.
Temple Reyim, Newton

Register here

This half-day conference brings the Jewish community together to explore surmounting challenges and mobilizing communities to act. Learn actions for individuals and congregations to take on the path forward in the coming years. Build connections. Learn from and with experts and leaders. Themes include: Sustainable Synagogues, Systemic Change Advocacy, Spirituality and Psychology, Food and Ecosystems, The Arts, Food Making, and Path for the Next 12 Years. A plenary session on “How Do We Engage Our Congregations in Climate Action?” will equip us to move forward.

Who does the labor? Who are the workers?

April 10
Webinar- 7:00-8:30 p.m.

As you prepare for your Passover Seder, and consider ancient notions of slavery, gain insight into contemporary realities of those doing agricultural work today as well as ways to acknowledge and tie that into your celebrations. For example, did you know that a large portion of the meat on US grocery store shelves is processed by migrant workers, many of whom are undocumented? Have you ever thought about factory farming as a human rights issue? As we explore the connections between agriculture and labor, we’ll think about how we can work towards a food system that is more just for all living beings during our season of liberation.

In partnership with New England Jewish Labor Committee

Developing an Ethical Food Statement (in two parts)

May dates TBD
Hosted by Tremont St. Shul, Cambridge

Structure your ideals into practical frameworks for your congregation as we develop a community of practice.  We’ll be meeting in person to hear from others who have implemented ethical food statements and develop an action plan.