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Visiting Speaker: Jeffrey Spitz Cohan, Executive Director, Jewish Veg
Friday, November 1, 2019 @ 6:15 pmFree
In honor of the Torah portion of Noah, Parshat Noach, we are excited to host Visiting Speaker Jeffrey Spitz Cohan, Executive Director, Jewish Veg, to share with our community the important ties between animals and Judaism. Jeffrey has a special connection to our congregation as he became a Bar Mitzvah and confirmand at Beth Israel. His father, Edwin Harold Cohan z”l, was on the Board of Directors in the mid-1970s.
Friday, November 1
6:15 pm [No Fee]: Erev Shabbat Service with kid-friendly story on Parashat Noach by Jeffrey Spitz Cohan
7:45 pm [No Fee]: Post-Oneg Presentation by Jeffrey Spitz Cohan. Topic: “Judaism, Animals and Meat: You Might Be Surprised” Our Torah and our rabbinic tradition have a lot to say about our treatment of animals and our dietary choices. And what they say is more relevant than ever.
Saturday, November 2
8:30 am [No Fee]: Torah Study led by Jeffrey Spitz Cohan
Jeffrey Spitz Cohan is the Executive Director of Jewish Veg.
Jeffrey became a vegetarian in 2007 and a vegan in 2011 after studying what the Torah instructs us about our dietary choices. An experienced public speaker, he worked in print and broadcast journalism for 18 years before starting a second career in Jewish communal service. Jeffrey was the Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh from 2005-2012, then took the helm of Jewish Veg, then known as Jewish Vegetarians of North America, in 2012. Under his leadership, Jewish Veg, a 501c3 nonprofit, has emerged as one of the fastest-growing veg-advocacy organizations in the nation. Jeffrey earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife Kathryn, daughter Kiley, and cats Nala and Crosby.