May 21, 2009

5/17/2009 JVNA Online Newsletter

Shalom everyone,

This update/Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) Online Newsletter has the following items:

1. Veggie Pride Parade Today/JVNA Taking Part

2. Shavuot and Vegetarianism

3. JVNA Advisor Rabbi Yonassan Gershom Publishes Book That Goes Where “No Rabbi Has Gone Before,” Finding Jewish and Vegetarian Connections to the Star Trek Stories

4. Documentary on Connections Between Animal-Based Agriculture and Global Warming to Premiere Today

5. Teva Center Schedules Environmental Events

6. Recent FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement) Events

7. Gathering of Jewish Leaders Charts Sustainability Strategy in Jewish Community

8. Belgian City Plans Meatless Days

9. Challenging Article Re Denial of the impending Unprecedented Global Catastrophe

10. Survey About Veganism Completed

11. New Class on Starting a Green Business Announced

12. Excerpts from the Weekly eNewsletter

13. NY Interfaith Power and Light Initiates Campaign to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Levels

Some material has been deferred to a later update/newsletter to keep this one from being even longer.

[Materials in brackets like this [ ] within an article or forwarded message are my editorial notes/comments.]

Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the JVNA, unless otherwise indicated, but may be presented to increase awareness and/or to encourage respectful dialogue. Also, material re conferences, retreats, forums, trips, and other events does not necessarily imply endorsement by JVNA or endorsement of the kashrut, Shabbat observances, or any other Jewish observances, but may be presented for informational purposes. Please use e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and web sites to get further information about any event that you are interested in. Also, JVNA does not necessarily agree with all positions of groups whose views are included or whose events are announced in this newsletter.

As always, your comments and suggestions are very welcome.



1. Veggie Pride Parade Today/JVNA Taking Part

As I have indicated in previous JVNA newsletters, I am scheduled to speak at this event (at 3:10 PM) and I plan to take part in the march and be at a JVNA table after the parade (at Union Square Park, North end, starting at 1 PM) and hand out many DVDs. I would love to meet any of you who will in the area today. Locations and times can be found in the URLs below. Volunteers to help will also be very welcome. Thanks.

Forwarded message from event coordinator and VNA advisor Pamela Rice, who deserves much credit for her dedicated efforts in organizing this second annual event:

Dear Richard:

Following are the two Web pages that give people all the pertinent information:

Press release:

Program guide

Click on box with smiley face to download PDF of the program guide.


Best regards,
Pamela Rice

ps: Thank you so much for your support. I truly appreciate it!

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2. Shavuot and Vegetarianism

Shavuot starts at sundown on Thursday, May 28. A sample letter to the editor is below. For further connections between Shavuot and vegetarianism that you can use for your own letters and talking points, please see my article “Shavuot and Vegetarianism” in the holiday section at Thanks.
May 14, 2009

Dear Editor,

Since Shavuot commemorates the Jewish people receiving the Torah, many religious Jews stay up the entire first night studying Torah. Hence, this important holiday provides a wonderful opportunity to consider if we are properly applying Torah values:

* Since the Torah teaches that we are to be shomrei ha'adamah (guardians of the earth - Genesis 2:15), shouldn't we do more in addressing the many current severe environmental threats?

* Since the Torah stresses that we should very diligently guard our health, shouldn't we consider the many negative health effects of animal-based diets?

* Since the Torah mandates the avoidance of tsa'ar ba'alei chaim (causing unnecessary pain to animals), shouldn't there be far greater concern about the horrible treatment of animals (10 billion annually in the US alone) on factory farms?

* Since the Torah mandates that we are to share with hungry people, shouldn't we address the fact that 70% of the grain produced in the United States is being fed to farmed animals, while an estimated 20 million people worldwidedie from malnutrition annually?

Let us make this Shavuot a time to begin truly applying Torah values in order to produce a more humane, healthy, environmentally sustainable, just and compassionate world.

Very truly yours,

Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D.

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3. JVNA Advisor Rabbi Yonassan Gershom Publishes Book That Goes Where “No Rabbi Has Gone Before,” Finding Jewish and Vegetarian Connections to the Star Trek Stories

Forwarded message:

Going Where No Rabbi Has Gone Before!

Rabbi Yonassan Gershom, an Orthodox member of JVNA's advisory committee, has a new book in print: "Jewish Themes in Star Trek." It's just what the title says: a reader-friendly journey to explore the influence of Jewish writers, actors, themes, and metaphors in the famous TV and movie series.

"There's a lot more Jewish material than most people realize," Gershom said. "Plus, Mr. Spock in the original 1960s Star Trek series was a vegetarian, as is the entire Vulcan culture. His character influenced me to eventually give up meat. Star Trek was the first TV show, as far as I know, that portrayed vegetarianism as a valid lifestyle."

Rabbi Gershom, who maintains a Jewish Star Trek site at, has serious concerns that the new 2009 Star Trek movie, will overwrite Spock's nonviolent culture. "The film has an alternate timeline plot that essentially pushes the re-set button on the whole Star Trek universe," he explains. "From a literary standpoint, I understand why they did this. New actors are playing the roles of the Enterprise crew, and film director J.J. Abrams didn't want them to become mere parodies of the old show. But I am concerned that the Jewish and nonviolence subtexts that Leonard Nimoy worked into Spock's background will be lost in the new timeline. Whether or not the Vulcans will be still vegetarians is anybody's guess."

This makes the rabbi's book, "Jewish Themes in Star Trek," an important record of what has gone before. You can order copies in hardcover, softcover or download directly from his storefront on

If you order before May 31, you can get a 10% discount on print copies. Simply enter the code "MAYCONTEST10" at checkout. (Sorry, no discounts on downloads.)

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4. Documentary on Connections Between Animal-Based Agriculture and Global Warming to Premiere Today


On May 17th in New York, The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation (NGPF) will present the very first documentary on livestock farming's contribution to the emission of greenhouse gases, Meat the Truth. We hereby would ike to invite you to attend the New York premiere of Meat the Truth, which will be held at New York Film Academy [100 East 17 Street]. There will be two screenings: at 5 pm and at 7 pm. [Not positive, but I hope to attend the 5 PM showing and to hand out DVDs to the attendees.]

Meat the Truth, presented by the Dutch Party for the Animals' leader Marianne Thieme, forms an addendum to earlier documentaries on climate change, which failed to address one of the biggest causes of global warming.

Numerous reports produced by renowned scientists from the World Watch Institute, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, the Profetas project and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), were translated by researchers at the NGPF and the Free University Amsterdam into a concise visual document, which explains the impact of meat consumption on climate change, the use of natural resources and hunger in the world. The film acts as an erratum to earlier films on 0A climate change, such as Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, which while convincingly drawing attention to the issue of global warming, failed to mention one of the most important causes thereof.

Meat the Truth demonstrates that worldwide the livestock industry is a far greater cause of global warming than all of the cars, trucks, planes and ships added together. The issues of the impact of livestock farming on water shortages and the unequal distribution of food resources are also raised in this documentary. The NGPF is the scientific bureau of the Party for the Animals; the worlds' very first party for 'non-humans' to be represented in parliament. Many celebrities participated in the making of Meat the Truth, such as Pamela Anderson, Bill Maher, Emily Deschanel, Tony Denison, James Cromwell, Elaine Hendrix, Kate Flannery , Debra Wilson Skelton, Joy Lauren, Esai Morales, Wayne Pacelle, Howard Lyman, and many others.

Date: May 17th 2009
Screening times: 5pm and 7 pm
Location: New York Film Academy Address: 100 E 17th Street, New York, NY
Admission: FREE!

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5. Teva Center Schedules Environmental Events

Forwarded message from the Teva Center:

June 1-4, 2009

Cold Spring, NY

less than three weeks left

register now!

Join us for these exciting classes:

Garden Design with Jewish Farm School staff
Learn basic ecological design principles such as patterns in nature, zones of use and functional interconnectedness.

JNF's Israel and the Environment Programming
Experience Israel and the environment through fun and creative activities

Do You Eat Food? Jewish Food Education with Hazon staff
Consider how food is a deep seeded part of the Jewish tradition and be part of the conversation of teaching texts as living documents.

Solar ovens with Jonathan Dubinsky
Come learn how to harness the energy of the sun by building kid-friendly solar ovens

Curb Your Consumerism: Cultivating a Bal Tashchit Ethic for Today with Rabbi Kevin Kleinman
Draw on the insights of Jewish sages and commentators to explore the implications of biblical and rabbinic laws forbidding unnecessary waste and reckless destruction of resources in guiding the way we consume food, energy, and material resources in today's society.

A Divine Environment with Rabbi Jonah Steinberg
The Mishkan (tabernacle and temple) is the construction project par excellence in our traditional sources. Looking at texts that speak of shaping a holy dwelling place for God, how do we build responsibly today in a way that continues the work of creation of the world?

Song leading for non-song leaders with Yoni Stadlin
Come learn some ways to bring the gifts of music to your programs WITHOUT having to learn the F# major/minor scales.

Creating Eco-Rituals with Rabbi Jill Hammer
Come learn how to make our holiday and life-cycle rituals earth-conscious and earth-friendly

An Ecological Havdallah with Amy May

Learn how to connect to the Havdallah service in a new way using local products and spices you can grow yourself.

For more information contact Leora at or (917) 939-9841

The Teva Learning Center is a program of Surprise Lake Camp and a beneficiary of UJA Federation of New York.

Thank you to our Partners:
Jewish Farm School
Hebrew College
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
With Financial Support from:

Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation

$450 for bunks

$540 for cabin

$700 for hotel

Choose to become a certified Jewish Environmental Educator - Establish yourself as a professional in the field!

What past participants have said:

"An amazing opportunity to be in community with educators to learn, share and pray"

"A gathering of living and passionate individuals/groups whose cares and concerns include educating, environment and divinity in life."

The Teva Learning Center is proud to offset the costs of the Teva Seminar though Good Energy Initiative and JNF GoNeutral. Participants will have the opportunity to offset their travel carbon.

Teva Learning Center: 307 7th Ave, Suite 900, New York, NY 10001

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6. Recent FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement) Events

Saving Lives...One Bite At a Time - May 11, 2009

Table of Contents

* We're Offering $40 AR2009 Rate Discount

* Vegan Earth Day Held In 130 Locations
* FARM Sabina Fund Awards 30 Grants

* Sign FARM's Petition to Repeal AETA

* Visit FARM On Social Networking Sites

[For further information, visit the FARM website.]

We're Offering $40 AR2009 Rate Discount

We decided that our members deserve a break today. So, we've extended your $120 rate to the Animal Rights 2009 National Conference till May 12.

To register, visit our Registration page, call 888-327-6872, or send a check to FARM/AR2009, 10101 Ashburton Ln, Bethesda MD 20817.

Our movement's largest and oldest annual gathering, AR2009 will be held on July 16-20th at the Westin LAX Hotel near LA Airport. The hotel offers $95 rooms, dog beds, cruelty-free bedding and personal care products, $6 parking, vegan cuisine, magnificent meeting and exhibit space, and free internet and airport shuttle.

90 presenters from 60 groups, representing every segment of our movement, have already signed up, and a dozen more are expected. They include Lorri Bauston, Karen Davis, Elliot Katz, Elizabeth Kucinich, Erik Marcus, Anthony Marr, Michael Mountain, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Will Tuttle, and Paul Watson.

Visit our website and take advantage of discounted registration rate.

Vegan Earth Day Held In 130 Locations

FARM's network of grassroots volunteers carried the vegan Earth Day message to more than 130 communities in U.S. and Canada. We mailed more than 100 full Earth Day event packs complete with handouts, stickers, signup sheets and more. 20,000 of our colorful postcard-sized handouts were distributed.

In the nation's capital, FARM staff and volunteers teamed up with the Vegetarian Society of DC to educate thousands of attendees at a massive Earth Day festival and free concert on the National Mall. We had large signs, lots of hand-outs, and sign-up sheets. We scored a TV interview and a mention in The Washington Post.

Check out the Vegan Earth Day 2009 Report with photos.

FARM Sabina Fund Awards 30 Grants

This winter, FARM's Sabina Fund awarded grants to 30 groups in 10 countries in response to a couple hundred proposals. The countries included India (13 grants), Uganda (4), Kenya (2), Israel (3), U.S. (3), Congo, Croatia, Nigeria, Peru, and Rwanda.

One of the U.S. grants was to promote vegan eating in California, in the wake of last fall's Prop 2 campaign that improved conditions for farmed animals. Another funded a huge vegan festival in Croatia's capital. All projects involve promoting vegan eating and respect for animals in local communities through lectures, rallies, marches, leafleting, and street theater.

Since 1999, the FARM Sabina Fund has awarded small grants to some 150 grassroots groups promoting a plant-based diet and respect for animals in more than 30 countries. The Fund honors the memory of FARM President Alex Hershaft's mother, Sabina.

To find out more, visit the FARM Sabina Fund website.

Sign FARM's Petition to Repeal AETA

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) was enacted by Congress with little debate or awareness at the behest of the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries and signed by President Bush in late 2006. Despite its name, the Act is framed so broadly that it classifies almost any form of social activism, including picketing, street theater, and civil disobedience, as a terrorist act. It is very likely in violation of the First Amendment.

Tell the leaders in the Judiciary Committees, charged with protecting our civil liberties and the rule of law, to take the initiative in repealing this disastrous legislation. Sign FARM's petition posted on

Sign the petition on and forward it to your friends.

Visit FARM On Social Networking Sites

FARM has a rapidly growing presence in the online social networking world. We have a Profile Page on Facebook, where you can become a fan of FARM, and a Cause page where you can support us with small donations or by recruiting new supporters. Become our friend on MySpace, so you can stay on top of our campaigns with our blog, bulletins, and more. We are sending lots of messages to our 1,600 followers on Twitter, and we are updating our Flickr and YouTube pages. You can also check us out at Vegan World.

All this activity has been generated by Michael Weber, the latest addition to our dedicated staff. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Economics and Policy from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Visit us on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr,

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7. Gathering of Jewish Leaders Charts Sustainability Strategy in Jewish Community

Forwarded Press Release:

For immediate release:

May 12, 2009


Holly Shulman, Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications

(202) 265-3000

Gathering of Jewish Leaders Charts Sustainability Strategy in Jewish Community

COEJL Hosts First Annual Jewish Sustainability Conference

BALTIMORE -The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) is hosting a gathering this week bringing together leaders of national Jewish organizations in order to prepare detailed “going green” work plans and to take steps towards increased sustainability in Jewish institutions nationwide. COEJL, a program of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, is hosting this two day conference to expand the contemporary understanding of such Jewish values as tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedek (justice) to include the protection of people and other species from environmental degradation.

Participants in this conference include Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, United Jewish Communities, the Orthodox Union, the JCC Association and other major Jewish organizations that own or operate significant real estate. Buildings consume as much as 30% of operating costs, and the majority of those costs are related to energy use.

Buildings - their construction, renovations and operations - hold the keys to both the financial health of our institutions and to environmental sustainability, the groups say.

“We are excited about the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life's efforts to be on the forefront of addressing sustainability within the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. “There is a growing awareness among national Jewish organizations of the need to understand the rapidly expanding discipline, procedures and marketplace of sustainability and this conference is a much-needed first step.”

This gathering of Jewish organizations explores the sustainability sea-change and the unavoidable choices it is posing to organizations, provides a supportive place to explore the challenges and opportunities of “going green” among fellow-travelers who understand the business and cultural conditions of the Jewish communal world, and creates a mutually-supportive community-of-practice that can drive the greening efforts of the major American Jewish organizations.

“It is imperative that Jewish organizations work together as a community to be on the forefront of sustainability within our institutions,” said Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, general consultant for the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and director of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network (BJEN). “We are excited to work with these organizations in their efforts and give them the resources they need to succeed in 'going green.'”

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 14 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life is the leading Jewish environmental organization in the United States.
Blurb Follow-Up On the Above Release

Sustainability Conference a Huge Step Forward for American Jewish Community

It's always an exciting moment when the four main streams of American Judaism - not to mention a dozen other national Jewish organizations from the JCC Association to the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education - join together as part a single unified initiative. That is exactly what happened when the RAC's Rabbi David Saperstein, Jesse Paikin of the URJ Camps Department and I represented the URJ this week at a meeting of more than 40 leaders from across the broad spectrum of the organized American Jewish community for the first national Jewish Sustainability Conference.

On May 11 and 12, we gathered at the incredible Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center outside Baltimore for two days of learning, workshops, and discussion on sustainability. This complex and often misunderstood terms has many implications but, at its core, sustainability means creating communities that meet the basic human needs of all of their members byrethinking and often limiting both what we take from the natural world and the by-products that we put into the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the public spaces we enjoy together. We came to understand how the American Jewish community can unite around the goal of building safer, healthier communities for ourselves and our children based on these fundamental principles. The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL), a program of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, organized and sponsored this historic gathering and is poised to lead the way toward a more sustainable Jewish community following the Conference.

We began the conversation by talking about buildings, a shared foundation for all of our organizations and the source of 30% of our operating costs and an equal percentage of our carbon emissions. The buildings owned and operated by the Union for Reform Judaism, with our 900 synagogues and 12 camps across the United States and Canada, have a massive impact on the environment. We are already taking steps forward as a Movement - through our online Greening Reform Judaism initiative and extensive programs at many of our synagogues and camps - to reducing our environmental impact and even leaving a positive footprint on our natural world.

While the topic of 'greening' has become all the rage in recent years, rarely does the conversation extend beyond how we can reduce our carbon footprint and cut our energy bills by changing a few light bulbs or turning down the thermostat. However, at the Conference we learned about how to frame all of the choices we make as individuals and communities- from transportation choices to the type of food we eat (local, organic, vege tarian, etc) to the materials and labor practices that go into the products we purchase - with an eye toward investing in systems that are healthier for everyone. This means much more than just "greening" our facilities, though that is certainly a wonderful and important place to start. When we see environmental issues within the larger framework of building sustainable futures, we come to understand that we can all take steps toward a healthier world without decreasing our standard of living or further tightening our already short budgets.

Building communities and institutions that can coexist with our surroundings is not only essential for our long-term ecological survival, but also part of a Jewish imperative to protect vulnerable communities, refrain from activities that destroy our natural resources, and ensure opportunities for present and future generations to thrive in a healthy environment. This is true sustainability, and it is an idea that all Jewish communities can agree on.

It was inspiring to join with leaders from so many Jewish organizations that are already taking steps toward sustainability in their own communities. The participants hope that by joining their efforts, the American Jewish community can become a leader in promoting sustainable communities. However, my colleagues and I understand that our meeting this week was only the first step on a long journey toward creating a more educated, aware, and active community of practice on this issue. We are committed to learning from each other and the efforts of our institutions, and working together as a unified Jewish community toward this common goal. And we hope you will join us along the way!

To get involved, please visit us and sign up for our new Greening Reform Judaism online community. And stay tuned for more ideas on what you, your synagogue, and your community can do to not just to 'go green,' but to become truly sustainable!

For more information on the Jewish Sustainability Conference, see the JCPA Press Release.

Posted by Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism on May 14, 2009 2:22 PM

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8. Belgian City Plans Meatless Days

Forwarded message from author, teacher and JVNA advisor Dan Brook. His introductory comment is below:

“There are vegetarian cities in India and one million people in Taiwan have pledged to go veg for the environment. Let's get this going in some American. Israeli and other cities too! Peace, Dan”


Tuesday, 12 May 2009 22:08 UK

Belgian city plans 'veggie' days
By Chris Mason
BBC News, Ghent

A poster advertising "Veggie Day" shows a sailor rowing an aubergine

The Belgian city of Ghent is about to become the first in the world to go vegetarian at least once a week.

Starting this week there will be a regular weekly meatless day, in which civil servants and elected councillors will opt for vegetarian meals.

Ghent means to recognise the impact of livestock on the environment.

The UN says livestock is responsible for nearly one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, hence Ghent's declaration of a weekly "veggie day".

Public officials and politicians will be the first to give up meat for a day.

Schoolchildren will follow suit with their own veggiedag in September.

It is hoped the move will cut Ghent's environmental footprint and help tackle obesity.

Around 90,000 so-called "veggie street maps" are now being printed to help people find the city's vegetarian eateries.

15 May 2009

EVANA: Tobias, first of all we would like to congratulate you and your organization on this overwhelming success of the new "Thursday Veggie Day" campaign. Did you expect this enormous level of international attention?

TOBIAS LEENAERT: Not at all. I thought that, if we'd ever do an international press release, it should be now, because it really was a very new and original thing, but I never expected this kind of attention.

QUESTION: Do you think that the amazing media frenzy could have something to do with the fact that people everywhere have been waiting for courageous politicians to take the lead in meatless initiatives? Can you tell us a bit about more about the reactions?

ANSWER: We know that people's awareness of the issues concerning meat (and especially the global warming impact) is rising,......

the complete interview:

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9. Challenging Article Re Denial of the impending Unprecedented Global Catastrophe

Thanks to JVNA advisor Ron Landskroner for forwarding this article (and many more).

Waking Up in a Former Empire at the End of the Industrial Age
Or: Is It "Mean" to Tell Someone Their House is on Fire?

By Suzanne Duarte
You can never awaken using the same system that put you to sleep in the first place. - Gurdjieff

Dearest Ones of Future Generations,

I thought you might find it interesting to hear what I'm observing of those people I know about who are just waking up to what the state of the planet is. Last month saw Earth Day, an international day of observance for the Earth. For nearly 40 years, it has been a day when environmentalists have had a chance to provide a reckoning of the damage that industrial civilization has been inflicting on the natural world. It is usually a time when print media make some obligatory gesture of recognition that humans live on a planet that we depend upon and that needs our attention. This year the statements were a little more urgent than usual, especially about climate change, which is increasingly referred to as "climate emergency."

The reason that we are in a climate emergency -- in fact, a biological holocaust, as it was identified over 20 yrs ago -- is that the dominant Western, globalized culture has been in a "cultural trance," drunk on oil, living in a delusional bubble for about 60 years.

Read the complete essay at

* * * * *

Culture Change
P.O. Box 4347, Arcata, CA 95518 USA, tel/fax: 1-215-243-3144
Please send any feedback or questions via email to

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10. Survey About Veganism Completed

Thanks to vegetarian activist Janine Bronson for sending us this information:

Survey Results

Click on the links below [when you are at the web site with the URL above] for results from specific questions in the 'Vegan Relationship Survey' conducted by M. Butterflies Katz ( in cyber-space, summer/autumn of 2008.

Q - Introduction to the Survey Results

Q - Summary

Q - Do you date only vegans?

Q - Are the vegans you know healthy?

Q - How does your parents/family feel about your veganism? Has that changed over time?

Q - How do people react when they learn you are vegan?

Q - How do you meet other vegans?

Q - How do you describe the extent to which you take your veganism?

Q - Is your veganism directly related to the influence of a relationship? Have you influenced others to become vegan? How?

Q - Are there any activists or celebrities that have inspired you?

Q - Has becoming vegan changed your relationship to animals?

Q - Where did the survey responses come from around the globe?

Q - Does being vegan influence how you relate to others?

Q - Would you consider being romantically involved with a non-vegan?

Q - What is your sexual orientation?

Q - A Spotlight on the Under 18 years of age responders

Q - Do you know any vegan children/people from birth?

Q - Are your friendships with vegans vs non-vegans different?

Q - Do you live with other vegans? What is their relationship to you?
Do you live with any non-vegans? How is that working out?

Q - Do you have any vegan pets?

Q - When did you become vegan?

Q - Words from Vegan Activists

Q - Highlights from around the world

Q - Survey Statistics - Extent of responder's veganism

Q - Conclusion

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11. New Class on Starting a Green Business Announced

Forwarded message from environmental activist Les Judd:

announcing a new class!
Dear Richard,

I am pleased to announce my new class on How to Start a Green Business! It will be offered at Lehman College in the Bronx on 2 successive Tuesday evenings of 2 hours each beginning Tuesday, June 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and continuing on Tuesday, June 23 at the same time.

Topics covered in the class include:

* What is a green business?
* What are the essential elements of a green business?
* What are the advantages/disadvantages of a green business?
* What resources are available to help you make a green business in NYC?
* Who are the leaders of green business in NYC?
* What are the success stories of green business in NYC?

To register for this course, please go to and click on Browse Register Summer 2009 Professional Development.

I am looking for a couple of guest speakers to talk about their success stories especially, if your business is based in the Bronx. If you would like to be a guest speaker during the second session on June 23, please contact me immediately.

Please pass this on to your colleagues!

Green Boroughs provides marketing, networking and educational information to business owners and consumers in New York City's green sector. Please visit for more information. Please pass this message on to anyone you think may be interested.

Thank You!

Les Judd
Green Boroughs

Email Marketing by
Green Business NYC | 474 West 238th Street | Suite 6I | Riverdale | NY | 10463

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12. Excerpts from the Weekly eNewsletter

From: Janice Fredericks
Date: May 14, 2009 6:42:52 AM EDT
Subject: [CVA] Newsletter for 14 May 09

WELCOME to the Weekly eNewsletter for May 14, 2009


We know the "text only" format is not pretty, but with so many internet filters between us, we're certain this format will actually get this information to you!

VIEW the eNewsletter ONLINE


Calendar of Events

Animal Exploitation Photo Gallery

All-Creatures Flyers/Handouts

Vegetarian/Vegan Pastors and Churches Who Are Animal Friendly


The Saddest Animals in the Circus

Why Science is Important to Animals

Wanna Shoot a Wolf? Come to Idaho

Tiger Farms: A Ticket to Extinction

Sea Shepherd Persuades Holista to Cease All Production of Shark Cartilage Product

Animal Nations


Urge the Agriculture Secretary to Cancel this Spring's Hazing of Wild Buffalo - Take action on or before May 14!

Boycott "Hurtful Essences" Shampoo

Coke and Rodeo - Official Soft Drink Of Cruelty?

Seattle Mariners: Stop Using Chimps in Ads

Act Now to Protect Sheep from Mass Cruelty


Asparagus, Carrots, Onions, and Rice with Un-cheese Sauce

Pizza Sauce

Vegan Recipe Book (without photos) photos)


A Deer Rescue

Taking Hands

The Baby Chicken Song

REACHING OUT is dedicated to providing information, inspiration,images, poetry and articles about cruelty-free living through a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle according to Judeo-Christian ethics.

Unconditional love and compassion is the foundation of our peaceful means of accomplishing this goal for ALL of God's creatures.

Frank and Mary
Please visit our web site, and refer your family, friends, and others.
If we REALLY want God to bless America and the earth, GO VEGAN!
Jan Fredericks, L.P.C., M.A.
Licensed Counselor
Christian Educator
973 694-5155 "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord."

Be Green! Visit or and explore a plant-based diet.

"When we do not intervene in long patterns of abuse, we tolerate and support that abuse -- and our silence speaks our doctrine, doesn't it?" -- the Rev. Tom Woodward [quoted with Sign "A Religious Proclamation for Animal Compassion" at

"But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity." James 3:17

"Christian Concern For All God's Creatures" DVD is NOW ONLINE! Based on God's Creatures Ministry's conference -- Great for Churches and Seminaries. For more information and questions for discussion visit

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13. NY Interfaith Power and Light Initiates Campaign to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Levels

A message from New York Interfaith Power & Light

Dear NYIPL Members and friends,

I'm writing to invite you to join me in signing and sharing the Interfaith Call for 350, a global petition from Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and people of widely diverse beliefs and spiritual traditions.

We come together to ask world leaders to prevent immeasurable harm to people and ecosystems should the world's delicate climate balance be further transformed by human action into runaway warming that will produce devastating effects on sea levels, food production, fresh water supplies, health, and life. By combining our voices we can demonstrate that tens of thousands of people around the world care about the earth, justice, and the urgent necessity for world governments to commit to the 350 goal for carbon dioxide.

I ask you to join me in signing and sharing the Interfaith Call so that the world's leaders hear from 350,000 of the world's people of faith and others, that we want them to act strongly and quickly to prevent catastrophic suffering and loss of life among humans and all beings, including future generations.

You can read the statement and sign it at:

Please sign and forward the Interfaith Call to join with people from around the world in calling for a safe, just, livable earth with clean, sustainable energy for all the world's people.

With great thanks,

Nicola Coddington
Executive Director

Contact us at
Visit our website at for resources to help you and your congregation take action on climate change, environmental stewardship, and climate justice

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Mailing Address:
New York Interfaith Power & Light
57 Hillside Terrace
Irvington, NY 10533

Contact Name: Nicola Coddington
Telephone Number: (914) 231-5094

This is an advocacy action mailing sent to you by New York Interfaith Power & Light, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

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