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    Jewish Initiative for Animals
    (2023) Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA)
    JIFA describes its mission as being to support "innovative programs to turn the Jewish value of compassion for animals into action while building ethical and sustainable Jewish American communities in the process." JIFA explores ways of aligning traditional, ancient Jewish values with racial and food justice and the climate crisis. They provide educational support non-profit groups such as camps, synagogues, community centers, and schools on integrating Jewish ethical values in our interaction with animals. An area of critical importance for JIFA is food. They interrogate the meaning of the term "kosher," which identifies food fit for the consumption of the Jewish community, by looking at how animals slaughtered according to kosher laws are subject to the same farming industrial processes as those not slaughtered according to kosher laws. JIFA seeks to end industrial farming, claiming that it is antithetical to Jewish values. Click on the link to see the web site.
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    A Jewish Farmers Movement: Revolutionary or Ridiculous?
    (The Forward, 2016-02-16) Friedman, Dan
    An article about a Jewish farmers conference in San Diego--their “second annual convening.” A niche within the niche of the sustainable farming movement, the group sees itself as instantiating the traditional values of Judaism. As a member, Aaron Gross said, in describing the connection between farming and Judaism, “the Judaism of the Bible and the ancient rabbis is quintessentially agrarian — a religion of herding and harvesting, of seed and soil.” Attendees, who came from different locations in the United States, Canada and Israel shared a "commitment to three intersecting areas: Jewish values, social justice and environmental sustainability" and the goal of creating a"world in which each generation gives the next an earth renewed by a care that is guided by ancient Jewish values." Click on the link to read the article.
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    Jewish Vacation Guide:: Hotels, Boarding and Rooming Houses where Jews are Welcome
    (Federation of Jewish Farmers of America, 1917) Federation of Jewish Farmers of America
    Published as part of the annual "Farm Almanac and Buyers' Guide," "The Jewish Vacation Guide," provided in both a Yiddish and an English version, was a guide to services and facilities where Jews would be welcome and could vacation safely. While antisemitism is not explicitly mentioned, the Foreward to the Almanac describes the Vacation Guide as "...the first time in the history of Jewish farming that attention is called to hundreds of up-to-date Jewish boarding houses all over the country where all classes of Jews seeking a vacation will find places suitable to their needs." "The Jewish Vacation Guide" is widely considered to be the inspiration behind the "Negro Motorists Green Book," which served as a guide for African Americans to restaurants, hotels and other facilities that would serve them. Click on the links to see the cover and Foreward to the English Vacation Guide as well as the Foreward to the Almanac, and the cover to the Yiddish version.
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    Out from the Ashes: My life story
    (American Jewish Archives, 2001) Mermelstein, Joan Feureman
    In this memoir, Mermelstein, who was born in Carpathia (what became Chekoslovakia) in 1917, describes her life-story from childhood to the rise of fascism in Chekoslovakia to her deportation to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, to her immigration to Cincinnati, Ohio. She observes that the importance of her story is less in the personal memories and more in the act of rememberance, which presrves not only the spiral of persecution and tragedy to which has plagued the Jewish people, but the vibrant life of the Jewish community in Europe. "The Holocaust," she states, "not only wiped out six millionvlives, but it destroyed a whole way of life, and changed, forever, the lives of those who survived."
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    The Yosl and Chana Mlotek Yiddish Song Collection at the Workers Circle
    (The Workers Circle, 2023) Mlotek, Yosl; Mlotek, Chana
    A collection of five anthologies of Yiddish songs, each one organized around a specific theme and compiled by Yosl and Chana Mlotek. Each book includes information about the collection and the lyrics and music of the songs. On this site, you can also access performances of music from the collection.