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May 21

We've all been sheltering at home, but now the weather is changing and farmers markets are opening. This week, we're thinking about gardens, things that grow, and fresh local food. Read about biblical connections to vegetarianism, and enjoy resources at the intersection of Jewish traditionenvironmentalism, and sustainable food practices.

A Biblical Vegetarian WorldviewFood Judaism

Read an article by Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, “The Vegetarian Ideal in the Bible,” in Food & Judaism (Creighton University Press, 2005).

Local Food, Environmentalism, and Sustainability

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Learn about the farm-to-table initiative and cookbook produced by Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook, just published (The Countryman Press, 2020).


Discover Hazon, the Jewish environmental and sustainability organization. Nigel Savage, director of Hazon, spoke at the memorial program for Joan Bildner connecting Jews, food, and sustainability in 2013.

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Support local farmers and food vendors at the Cook's Market at Rutgers Gardens.

Interested in planting a victory garden? Watch this video for tips from a local farm in East Brunswick.

RJFFFilms recommended by the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

  • In Search of Israeli Cuisine
  • Sturgeon Queens
  • Dough
  • The Cakemaker

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