Wednesday, May 11, 2010
Join us for an evening with text studies, eating rituals, and a rousing discussion of food ethics as it relates to food certification. In this Living Room, Ari Hart, a co-founder of Uri L’Tzedek, will delve into the inspiration behind Uri L'Tzedek's formation in 2007. This journey begins with the charges against kosher agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, eventually leading to a particular organizational focus on food justice.
The abuse and exploitation of workers in fields, kitchens, and slaughterhouses across North America where kosher food is prepared alarmed Ari and his colleagues. These injustices needed to be addressed by the Jewish community as consumers of kosher food. Thus, in May 2009, Uri L’Tzedek launched the Tav HaYosher, an ethical seal for kosher restaurants that ensures workers’ rights. As of March 2011, over seventy-five kosher eating establishments throughout North America have been awarded the Tav HaYosher, securing the rights of close to a thousand workers.
Uri L’Tzedek is an Orthodox social justice organization guided by Torah values and dedicated to combating suffering and oppression. Through community-based education, leadership development, and action, Uri L’Tzedek creates discourse, inspires leaders, and empowers the Jewish community towards creating a more just world. In the last three years, Uri L’Tzedek has directly reached over 15,000 individuals in the 175 programs that it has sponsored or co-sponsored nationwide. This number includes programming at over thirty universities, impacting an estimated third of all American Orthodox university students.
For a full list of food establishments certified by the Tav HaYosher, click here.
We are an experiential inter-religious community that comes together to deepen our personal and communal journeys, share ritual life and devotional space, and foster a commitment to social justice and healing the world.
Twice a month, Faith House hosts Living Room gatherings where we share holy days, learn new spiritual practices, and address current cultural and social issues. Each gathering has a specific theme and participatory elements.
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