Judith Belasco


Stir, Pour, Not Much More: Cooking with Noah

By Judith Belasco

Stir, Pour, Not Much More: Cooking with Noah
My sous chef tosses the salad and some of it ends up on the floor. He sticks his hand into the bowl, picks out his favorite ingredients and eats them. He takes a bite of a carrot, declares it “too hard” and returns the teeth-marked carrot to the bowl.Read More


Honey, Milk, and Ethical Kashrut

By Judith Belasco

For centuries, the system of kashrut helped us to decide whether food was “fit” for us to eat, but contemporary food issues are raising a whole new set of questions about what food we should and shouldn’t eat, which kashrut may or may not be able to answer.Read More


Hosting a Sustainable Shabbat Dinner

By Judith Belasco

One day out of seven, we have the opportunity to stop creating and start being. To enjoy the world around us, including friends and family, beautiful places, enjoyable activities. To rest and recharge. If sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations, Shabbat is a great place to start practicing this for ourselves—and for the world. Imagine if one day out of seven, the entire world stopped buying, producing, driving.Read More


'Fair Food': How To Do More Than Vote With Your Fork

By Judith Belasco

Check back on Wednesday for an editorial on “Fair Food” and a podcast with author Oran Hesterman. Read More


Siach: Embracing the Complexities of an International Conversation

By Judith Belasco

Siach: Embracing the Complexities of an International Conversation
In the course of our day-to-day work, each of us has our own specialties, our own strengths and our own peculiarities. When we come together in partnership, we can build upon each others strengths to make a greater whole. Siach: An Environment and Social Justice Conversation brought together 120 environment and social justice activists from North America, Europe, and Israel this past weekend, to meet each other, network and begin to think about ways to collaborate and work together.Read More






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