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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

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A Rosh Hashana Feast
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal - 5 Oct 2003

The lead article in The Busy Cook section on Wed Sept 24 was titled A Rosh Hashana feast.  It began, "Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, is a fine time for all kinds of new beginnings".

At one time I would have prepared a menu similar to the one shown featuring brisket of beef. I have now come to understand that the religious values of love, compassion and kindness are not consistent with the slaughter of 10 billion animals each year for food in the U.S. This does not even include fish. Factory farmed animals are raised with much cruelty and the grain they are fed (70% of all that is grown in our country and 40% worldwide) would feed all the planetís hungry people. Love, kindness and compassion are central to the beliefs of all religions, yet holidays, church suppers and myriad events feature animal food. To learn more about religious teaching and animal issues, I suggest the book, "The Dominion of Love" by Norm Plelps.

For Some good vegetarian recipes for Jewish holidays read "The Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook" by Roberta Kalechofsky.

New beginning can start anytime, some of you may want to consider going turkey free in 2003 and begin planning for a vegetarian Thanksgiving. A feast in which no animals are harmed can be joyful and enjoyable. Information is available at: www.MHVS.org .

Roberta Schiff
Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society
Rhinebeck NY
845.876.2626 or 876.5598

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