Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. at the Vegetarian Center

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.
spoke at the Vegetarian Center, April 14, 2002.



VivaVegie Society
P.O. Box 1447
New York, NY 10276

Judaism and vegetarian scholar
speaks at the Vegetarian Center

Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., challenges the establishment and conventional wisdom as he leads a discussion on the following topics at the Vegetarian Center, April 14, 2002:
  • Why a switch toward vegetarianism is a societal imperative.
  • Why a switch toward vegetarianism is a religious imperative.
  • Why the world is threatened as never before, and what can be done to move the world to a more sustainable path.
  • How to obtain a vegetarian-conscious world by 2010.


BOOK SIGNING Richard Schwartz, author and professor emeritus at the College of Staten Island will also sign his new book

Judaism and Global Survival

and also

the updated edition of
Judaism and Vegetarianism
which was published just a year ago.

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2002
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Talk begins at 2:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be on hand
Vegetarian Center
121 East 27th St.
Suite 704
btwn Lexington and Park Av. So.

Inquiries: 212-871-9304

Background information about both books follows:

Judaism and Global Survival
by Richard H.Schwartz
Lantern Books
268 pages
$20 (paper)

This book discusses the challenges facing humanity and the Jewish teachings related to these challenges, in order to galvanize Jews (and others) to help repair the world (tikkun olam), as required by Jewish law. It shows that we do not need to discover new values and approaches to address current global threats. What is needed is a rediscovery and application of basic Jewish teachings and mandates, such as to pursue peace and justice, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to act as co-workers with God in preserving and protecting the world.


Prepublication Endorsements
Foreword (Rabbi David Rosen)
  1. Involvement and Protest
  2. Human Rights and Obligations
  3. Social Justice
  4. Ecology
  5. Environmental Issues in Israel
  6. Hunger
  7. Peace
  8. International Issues and Globalization
  9. Energy
  10. Global Climate Change
  11. Population Growth
  12. Vegetarianism -- A Global Imperative?
  13. Conclusion

Appendix A: Action Ideas
Appendix B: Miscellaneous Background Material Appendix C: Guide to Jewish Activist Groups Appendix D: Peace, Justice, and Social Action Groups Appendix E: Jewish Periodicals that Discuss Peace, Justice, and other Social Action Issues
Annotated Bibliography
Subject Index
Index of Biblical Passages

Here is what many rabbis of all Jewish denominations, Jewish environmentalists and social justice activists, and a leading Christian theologian have to say about Judaism and Global Survival.


This masterful volume by Dr. Richard Schwartz provides a treasure of insights into the perspective of Judaism on many urgent social problems. People committed to the vital force of the Jewish heritage will discover in this work both richness of expression and creative application of old texts to new situations. This volume can make a significant contribution to the shaping of the social consciousness of our community.

Rabbi Saul J. Berman
Professor of Jewish Studies
Stern College of Yeshiva University
Founder and Executive Director, Edah (modern Orthodox community organization)

Everyone who believes in Tikkun Olam will be strengthened by this rich compendium of Jewish sources and ethical insights, which should stimulate many dialogues in the Jewish community about critical issues. Everyone who wants to apply Jewish values to the great concerns of our time will be nourished when they eat of this feast of Jewish values and treasures that is spread before us.

Rabbi Irving Greenberg
President, Jewish Life Network
Founder, CLAL, National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

A superb task of research, compilation, and writing.... [This] book brings to bear scholarly insight in a way that is accessible to the interested lay person. The insights and the values of the Jewish tradition regarding crucial social issues of our time come alive in ... [this] presentation. Whether used as a textbook or as a personal guide for Jews who care about making Jewish values live in our world, this book makes a significant contribution to the modern understanding of Jewish social justice.

Rabbi David Saperstein
Codirector and Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Dr. Schwartz has written a significant book that will raise the ecological conscience of the reader, and he has supplied it with religious and secular erudition and global relevance. It speaks with the unmistakable diction of the prophetic moral sensibility.

Harold M. Schulweis
Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom
Encino, California

Dr. Schwartz's erudition and moral passion are admirable, as well as his ability to deal with so many subjects so readably and succinctly.

Dr. Andre Ungar
Rabbi, Temple Emanuel
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
Former chairperson of the Hebraic Studies Department Rutgers University

Shows with eloquence and intelligence that Jewish tradition has much to teach us all about how to protect the earth and the human race from destruction -- and how to nurture a decent world.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Director of the Shalom Center
Author of Godwrestling: Round 2 and many other books.

My undergraduate years at Brandeis University were just beginning when the first edition of this book came out -- and this one-stop collection of Judaic textual sources on issues of the day had a profound influence on me. It served well through years of learning and activism, and was one of the few to accompany me on a cross-country walk for the environment ten years ago. In seminary at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, hardly a month went by without occasion to consult this important work. As a pulpit rabbi and Jewish-environmental educator, I still keep it handy. Not only is it time for me to replace my own dog-eared copy, but it's time for the newly-updated edition of this work to find a position of prominence on every Jewish bookshelf.

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD; Board of Trustees, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life

I urge every Rabbi, Jewish teacher and concerned Jew to read Judaism and Global Survival by Richard Schwartz. We face the future with a great need for anicient wisdom from our tradition dealing with justice and how to sustain our life on earth. Schwartz's visionary and wise book provides us with the spiritual tools to guide our way.

Rabbi Warren Stone
Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Environmental Chair

An excellent sourcebook. Many of its ideas have found their way into my sermons.

Rabbi Gerald Serotta
Campus Rabbi, Hillel
Associate Rabbi, Temple Shalom of Chevy Chase, MD.

Among Judaism's most basic principles are God's affirmation of both the world and the moral potential of humankind. Therefore, to the Jewish mind, the proper concerns of religion are not only of a private, subjective nature, but necessarily extend to the spiritual and physical improvement of the world. Dr. Schwartz echoes the impassioned protest of the ancient prophets of Israel in his pointed consideration of contemporary social issues. In doing so, he also demonstrates that Judaism cannot be pigeonholed into the convenient ideological categories of "conservative," "liberal," etc., but must be encountered on its own terms.

Rabbi David Sears
Author of Compassion For Humanity In the Jewish Tradition and The Vision of Eden: Animal Welfare and Vegetarianism in Jewish Law and Mysticism

Judaism and Global Survival is like a shofar calling the Jewish community to wake up to current crises and at the same time return to our roots. Through clear and compelling exploration, Schwartz calls us to pay attention to the destruction and injustice taking place around the world, realize how we are complicit in environmental degradation and human suffering, and take action rooted in basic Jewish values. Read this book, hear the shofar, and listen for the still, small voice inside that calls our Jewish souls to the work of healing and repairing our world.

Mark X. Jacobs
Executive Director, COEJL (Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life)

A lovingly detailed synthesis of much of the best moral tradition of Judaism, relating it to modern problems of ecology, war, hunger, and other issues of world survival.

Naomi Goodman
Former President of the Jewish Peace Fellowship; co-author of The Challenge of Shalom.

Richard Schwartz has written a profound and inspiring call to Jews to involve themselves in saving our planet from disaster. His book makes us proud of our Jewish heritage and eager to engage in environmental activism.

Susannah Heschel
Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College

Richard Schwartz's book represents a generous, humane spirit. It is filled with examples of Judaism as a living guide to contemporary life. It says that Jews need only look into their own religious faith and history to discover that all people, not only Jews, are worthy of our concern -- and, as Schwartz writes, "Each of us must be a Jonah, with a mission to warn the world that it must turn from greed, injustice and idolatry to avoid global oblivion." Judaism and Global Survival is rich in the teachings of Judaism and reflective of the extraordinary ethical and moral way of life that has always made us distinctive. It is an important book.

Murray Polner
Former Editor, Present Tense; Chair of the Jewish Peace Fellowship, and editor of Shalom: The Jewish Peace Letter

Richard Schwartz is the world's foremost expert on Judaism's teachings on protecting animals and the environment, and this book eloquently describes and documents the religious obligation of every Jew to treat animals with kindness and preserve our planet for future generations. This extremely eloquent, important, and timely book treats a subject of the utmost importance, one of vital concern to everyone - how we can save the earth and prevent the destruction of its life support systems and of humanity itself.

Lewis G. Regenstein
President, the Interfaith Council for the Protection of Animals and Nature; Author of Replenish the Earth: the Teachings of the World's Religions on Protecting Animals and Nature.

This book is not just for Jews. People of all faiths who want to know how the Hebrew scriptures address the crucial issues of our times will find it invaluable. It can be a common ground for those of us who want the kind of dialogue that will create the world that ought to be.

Tony Campolo, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Eastern College

Richard Schwartz has crafted a magnificent contributionto Jewish ethical writing. He has insightfully raisd important questions for concerned Jews and courageously taught a simple, yet profound Jewish message.

Rabbi Hillel Norry
Shaare Tzedeck Synagogue, Manhattan, NY
Member of the Law and Standards Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly

Quotes About Judaism and Vegetarianism

"It is to be hoped that this major publication will not only adorn the bookshelf of many a Jewish home, but will also become a guide to an ever-increasing movement of Jews toward vegetarianism, born out of sincere religious conviction rooted in our most sublime teachings."
David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland

"My own view is that a vegetarian diet may in fact hasten the coming of Moshiach (the Messiah). The more we live as if this were the messianic age the closer we are to it. Richard Schwartz's Judaism and Vegetarianism is a powerful guide to moving self and society closer to Moshiach." Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The Way of Solomon, and founder and director of The Virtual Yeshiva and Simply Jewish.

"Richard Schwartz is changing the world and I am proud to be his friend. You do not have to be a Jew to read and enjoy Judaism and Vegetarianism. Richard has brilliantly written a most fascinating book, no matter what your religion. I found it to be one of the best books I've ever read."
Howard F. Lyman, President, EarthSave International; Author Mad Cowboy.

"Why, I have wondered, are so many Jews today shifting toward a more vegetarian diet? In his scholarly and thoughtful style, Richard Schwartz demonstrates the profound imperatives at the heart of the Jewish faith that lead inexorably in a vegetarian direction. He shows us that to be mensch today, to be a whole and healthy and fully human being, you have to bring your food choices into alignment with your ethics, and that means, for anyone who aspires towards peace and compassion, eating a plant-based diet."
John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World.

"Thank God, and Professor Richard Schwartz, for a very accurate, very readable, very stirring book! The author's intellectual integrity, moral passion, and simple human warmth help illustrate a hitherto almost unexplored, yet vastly important territory. His Jewish commitments are as profound as his ethical concerns are universal. The work is a challenge to mind and soul, a call to the conscience and a guide for practical, necessary action. There must be much acclaim for this brave, pioneering, shiningly humane achievement
Dr. Andre Ungar, Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, Westwood, New Jersey, former chairman of the Hebraic Studies Department, Rutgers University

"Jews like me who have (so far) not become full vegetarians will still (like me) find Schwartz's analysis of the problems of meat-eating to be serious food not only for thought but for action to eat far less meat. And those who are drawn to explore the deeper meanings of Torah will find Schwartz a good and careful guide in this aspect of Jewish tradition. For us who are all the People of the Mouth -- whether it is food in, or words out -- this is an important book."
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Author of Down-To-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life, Godwrestling--Round 2, and several other books.

Excerpts from published reviews of earlier editions: "... search no further, Richard H. Schwartz has covered all the conceivable aspects of non-meat eating and the Jewish religion in Judaism and Vegetarianism."
Marc Leepson, The Vegetarian Voice

"Schwartz makes his most original contribution by showing that for each of the standard arguments in favor of vegetarianism, there is a specifically Jewish approach which underpins the vegetarian position.
The Vegetarian Activist

"A brilliant book of outstanding merit... A classic that should find its way into every Jewish bookcase and certainly of interest to all others who love to widen their knowledge of the ancient and compassionate philosophies."
Victor Ruben, Jewish Vegetarian

"This is a convincing, compassionate and comprehensive argument... marshals overpowering evidence... amply documented... (we) will be compelled to think most seriously about the issues raised in this provocative book."
Harry Essrig, The American Rabbi

"Professor Schwartz has presented us with impressive material supporting his thesis that a practical, healthy, and Torah way of eating is through vegetarianism."

"Dr. Schwartz's work should find a place in the home library of every thinking individual, religious or not. It should become required reading for high schools, and certainly in pre-marriage counseling, ..." "
Nutrition for Better Health", Shirley Mandel, The Jewish Press

"By any standard of measurement, this is an extraordinary book; it covers a field never before explained. When you get through its pages, you might shake your head in bewilderment and say this is all so true why hasn't it been said before."
Health Page, American Jewish Ledger, Simon Bloom,

"It would be hard for anyone ethically sensitive - Jew or non-Jew - to read this book and not take up the vegetarian cause.
Paul Peabody, Fellowship (Fellowship of Reconciliation)

"A titan in its glorification of the Jewish faith and spirit."
Rabbi Marcus Kramer, Staten Island Advance,

Richard H. Schwartz
Professor Emeritus, Mathematics, College of Staten Island 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314, Room 1S-106 Author of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and Global Survival, and Mathematics and Global Survival
Phone: (718) 761-5876 FAX: (718) 982-3631
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