Israel's Finest Restaurants Offer Vegetarian Specials on Mondays

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As we saw in recent posts on vegawarianism and collective vegetarianism, meatless lifestyles now come in all different shapes and sizes. 

To add to these vegetarian possibilites, Jana and Ilan Gur, owners of the Al Hashulchan (“On the Table”) food magazine, recently introduced the Sheni Tzimchoni (Vegetarian Monday) initiative.  Dozens of Israel’s best restaurants have signed on to introduce special vegetarian menus every Monday throughout July and August.

Sheni Tzimchoni is modeled its British counterpart, Vegetarian Monday, which Paul McCartney recently introduced to encourage Brits to reduce their meat-related global warming pollution.  Meat production, according to a recent UN report, contributes almost 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

“Our initiave is part of a global effort to fight the environmental damages associated with meat consumption,” Jana Gur told Ynetnews.  “This is a good solution for those who wish to reduce meat consumption, but find it hard to refrain from eating meat altogether.”

For a list (in Hebrew) of restaurants participating in Sheni Tzimchoni, visit Al Hashulchan.

:: Ynetnews, Al Hashulchan
Image Credit:  adactio

For more on vegetarian options in Israel:
New Tel Aviv Bar The Rogatka Takes Veganism To The Extreme
At Buddha Burgers, I’ll Have the Veggie Burger, With a Whopping Side of Green Karma
Green Prophet Visits Amirim, a Vegetarian Paradise in the Galilee

About Rachel Bergstein

When her vegan summer camp counselor explained to a fifteen-year-old Rachel how the dairy industry pollutes the groundwater in poor rural communities and causes global warming, there was no turning back. Her green fire lit, Rachel became increasingly passionate about the relationship between human societies and the natural environment, particularly about the systemic injustices associated with environmental degradation. After snagging a B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of Maryland, where she wrote an undergraduate thesis on water injustice in Israel/Palestine and South Africa, Rachel was awarded the New Israel Fund/Shatil’s Rabbi Richard J. Israel Social Justice Fellowship to come and spread the green gospel in Israel for the 2009-2010 academic year. She currently interns for Friends of the Earth Middle East in their Tel Aviv office. When Rachel is not having anxiety about her ecological footprint, carbon and otherwise, she can be found in hot pursuit of the best vegetarian food Tel Aviv has to offer. She also blogs about her experience as an NIF fellow and environmentalist in Israel at organichummus.wordpress.com. Rachel can be reached at rachelbergstein (at) gmail (dot) com.

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