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Saturday, March 17 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Jewish Food Politics: Whatever Happened to the Hekhsher Tzedek?

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In 2007, investigative reporting in the Jewish Daily Forward exposed dangerous working conditions at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa. In 2011, the Hekhsher Tzedek (later, the Magen Tzedek), a new ethical food certification, was proposed as a response. By 2013, not a single food product carried that mark. This session will explore the Hekhsher Tzedek movement and the various forces--religious, political, and economic--that help us to understand its failure. What was the hope of the Hekhsher Tzedek? On what did it founder? What lingering questions does its failure leave us?

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Daniel Mintz

Daniel Mintz is the Director of Food Studies and instructor of English at Loyola University New Orleans. He is a member of Shir Chadash and makes some pretty good hummus.

Saturday March 17, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Adult Lounge, Gates of Prayer