Historical Facts

"A short time ago a schochet . . . told the readers of the Warheit, how in the course of this professional practices he had been converted to the vegetarian idea and has ceased to kill, as well as to eat of, any living thing. Now, a group of Jewish vegetarians have addressed a call to some paper urging the abstinence from flesh foods and appealing to all other persons similarly inclined to help them in organizing a society of Jewish vegetarians.

American Hebrew, July 16, 1909

In the nineteenth century many Jewish peddlers were obligatory vegetarians unless they found Jewish families with whom they could eat. A renewed interest in vegetarianism arose in the early twentieth century when many Jews espoused radical ideas on politics, literature, and religion. "Dairy" restaurants catered to this population as did early Yiddish vegetarian cookbooks. In 1926 Abraham B. and Shifrah I. Mishulow called their Vegetarische Kochbuch: "Rational Eating, a book of knowledge for the right preparation and combination of natural vegetarian health foods, according to the latest scientific methods."
Grilled Vegetable Salad
Grilled Vegetable Salad

Vegetarian Chopped Liver
Vegetarian Chopped Liver