Jewish Initiative for Animals

The Jewish Initiative for Animals is EJF Philanthropies’ signature initiative, with the goal of creating a healthier food system and finding sustainable alternatives to meat produced through factory farming. It is based on the ancient Jewish value of t’zaar baalei chayim, which translates as reducing unnecessary suffering for animals.

As part of this initiative, we are making impact investments to build supply chains for higher-welfare kosher meat and promote plant-based protein alternatives. We are also providing philanthropic and technical support to dozens of nonprofit organizations around the United States. Farm Forward is leading the effort, with major involvement from Hazon.

We are also very excited to be helping with education efforts surrounding the upcoming release of a documentary film, produced by Natalie Portman, based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals.

Our JIFA partners include the Neuman Family Foundation, Leichtag Foundation, Foer Foundation, the Rose Community Foundation, and Dr. Bronner’s.