Monday, November 19, 2007

Nathan Cummings Foundation Supports Heksher Tzedek

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is a major Jewish philanthropic foundation. Its mission is the following: "The Foundation is rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community. We seek to build a socially and economically just society that values and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities."

Today, we have just been informed that the Nathan Cummings Foundation ( has awarded Heksher Tzedek a major one-year grant, enabling us to further move this undertaking forward. This grant will be addressed at the USCJ biennial in Orlando at the end of the month. With the growing awareness of Heksher Tzedek, the opportunity for truly developing a modern kashrut ethic is increasingly possible. We are also very excited about the work which Rabbi Avi Reisner has done with his first draft of "Heksher Tzedek Al Pi Din" (HT according to Jewish law and norms). This too will be addressed at the USCJ biennial.

I will be working together with Vic Rosenthal of JCA, and Pete Magee from the Beth Jacob Social Justice committee, Scott Kaplan and Richard Lederman from USCJ in making this wonderful presentation to the biennial.