Jain Vegans

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Vegan mithai recipes + Ahimsa in Action award + More vegan events

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Wednesday, 11th November 2015 @ 12:03am

Why not see in the New Year by having a vegan Diwali family meal? As an inspiration we've included some popular mithai recipes that are not only incredibly tasty but easy to prepare and low-himsa too.

There's also news on the latest recipient of the Jain Vegans 'Ahimsa in Action' award plus an update on many of the latest vegan related events taking place throughout the country, including the unmissable annual
Animal Aid Christmas Fayre on Sunday 6th December.






World Vegan Month is here!

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Thursday, 22nd October 2015 @ 11:45am

November is World Vegan Month.  Among the many vegan-related activities taking place around the country, there's Animal Aid's 'Great Vegan Challenge', which gives you the chance to try going vegan for a whole month of November, whilst getting all the free help and support you need to do it.

For those near the middle of England why not check out the West Midlands Vegan Festival in Wolverhampton this weekend? This festival is now in its 8th year and just gets bigger and bigger. In fact for the first time it's taking place over two days as opposed to one, so do try and go along if in the area.

There is also a reminder of a diabetes reversal workshop near Watford, a link to a worthy crowdfunding campaign plus a listing of many plant based events taking place throughout the country.

Vegan health, diabetes reversal, ethics & much more this October

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Wednesday, 30th September 2015 @ 6:40pm

Congratulations to all of you that managed to give up dairy over Paryushan. With the dozens of plant based alternative products now widely available on the high street we hope you didn't find the transition too difficult and are now tempted to remain dairy free beyond Paryushan also. Should this be the case make sure you join the Jain Vegans egroup for support and guidance.

This edition of the newsletter contains information about one of Europe's largest vegan festivals (at Olympia in Kensington), plus several other festivals happening throughout Britain over the next 3 months. Canadian medical doctor Tushar Mehta will be speaking at both a SCVP class in Kingsbury (on 9th October) and London Vegfest (on 10th October). He's an excellent speaker so make sure you catch him at either or both events if possible. Nishma Shah of
Shambhu's will be proving valuable cooking tips at London Vegfest at Olympia on 10th October too.

Fantastic achievments by Jain Vegan community

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Sunday, 6th September 2015 @ 7:10pm

Our last issue saw the launch of our campaign, with the support of several UK Jain organisations, to consider giving up dairy over Paryushan.

We're pleased to say that the campaign is gaining momentum, and with only about 1 week left before Paryushan starts, we ask you to all to help draw attention to the campaign by spreading the word.

Jains are more active than ever in the vegan world. In this issue, read about some key upcoming or recent vegan activities and achievements by Heena Modi, Nishma Shah and Sagar K. Shah, who are all based in the UK, and also Pujya Pramodaben Chitrabhanu and Dr Tushar Mehta who are based North America



Dr. Tushar Mehta volunteering with Sea Shepherd, an international, non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation

Please consider giving up dairy this Paryushan

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Thursday, 13th August 2015 @ 2:35pm

As most of you will be aware, Paryushan, the Jain festival of penance and forgiveness will be starting very soon.  

During this 8 day festival, many Jains exercise dietary self discipline in repentance to shed karmas accumulated over the previous year. Typically this can involve fasting or avoiding foods that are traditionally considered more harmful than others, such as root vegetables. The Jain Vegans Working Group would like to encourage as many Jains as possible to reflect on the cruelty inflicted on cows during milk production and thus consider giving up dairy products this Paryushan and beyond.  


We would be very grateful if you could forward this email on to friends and family and share this link via Facebook and Twitter. 

Scientific, medical & Jain arguments for the vegan lifestyle

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Tuesday, 9th June 2015 @ 11:18pm

This edition of the newsletter includes links to works by three well respected individuals in support of a cruelty free vegan lifestyle. 

Firstly we have a fact filled article titled the 'Contemporary Jain Way of Compassionate and Ethical Living' by Pravinbhai K. Shah, Chair of the Jaina Education Committee, USA. 

Next, Toronto based physician Dr. Tushar Mehta explains the medical benefits of a plant based diet in both Gujarati and English.

Finally, we have a link to a fascinating talk given recently at the Jain Centre London by Andre Menache, a retired veterinary surgeon with expertise in research medicine, who argued the scientific case for ending animal experimentation.

Reminder: Talk on the science & ethics of animal testing tomorrow

E-mail sent by Jain Vegans, Saturday, 30th May 2015 @ 1:43pm

Tomorrow, Young Jains are hosting an unmissable talk on the science and ethics of animal testing at the Jain Centre, Colindale, North West London (UK).  For those of us who wish to minimise harm to animals, but are not scientific experts on the subject, this is us an excellent opportunity for us to begin to educate ourselves.

Unmissable talk on the science & ethics of animal testing - Sun 31 May

E-mail sent by Jain Vegans, Wednesday, 27th May 2015 @ 11:51pm

Apologies for re-sending.  Please note corrected registration e-mail address for the talk on the science and ethics of animal testing.

This Sunday (31 May), Young Jains are hosting an unmissable talk on the science and ethics of animal testing at the Jain Centre, Colindale, North West London (UK).  For those of us who wish to minimise harm to animals, but are not scientific experts on the subject, this is us an excellent opportunity for us to begin to educate ourselves.

Unmissable talk on the science & ethics of animal testing - Sun 31 May

E-mail sent by Jain Vegans, Wednesday, 27th May 2015 @ 11:37pm

This Sunday (31 May), Young Jains are hosting an unmissable talk on the science and ethics of animal testing at the Jain Centre, Colindale, North West London (UK).  For those of us who wish to minimise harm to animals, but are not scientific experts on the subject, this is us an excellent opportunity for us to begin to educate ourselves.

100-year-old vegan heart surgeon, Exciting events, Jain Vegans outreach news

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Monday, 11th May 2015 @ 10:58pm

Hello all,

We just wanted to highlight an exciting Young Jains hosted talk at the end of this month by a vegan vet on 'The link between animal welfare, human health and saving the environment'.

We also have a link to a fascinating CNN interview where a 100-year old heart surgeon credits his healthy vegan diet for his longevity, plus an update on the latest Jain Vegans outreach work - with an east London Jain community.

Also see below a reminder of some of the UK vegan related events happening throughout the summer including the upcoming Hugletts Wood Farm 20th anniversary open day and Bristol Vegfest, both happening over the May Bank Holiday. We look forward to seeing some of you there.

Hugletts Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary - 20th anniversary!

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Monday, 4th May 2015 @ 8:29pm

Dear Friends,

Hugletts Wood Farm, based in East Sussex, is a haven for hundreds of farm animals rescued from slaughter. It's a wonderful oasis that needs to be seen and experienced to be believed.  On Sunday 24th May you have an opportunity to meet and play with the animals at Hugletts 20 year anniversary open day. Many of the JVWG team will be going so try and join us!

Another date for your diaries is Bristol Vegest which spans the late May Bank Holiday. The gorgeous weather typically experienced at this time of the year can be fully appreciated at this mainly outdoor festival featuring a mixture of talks and demonstrations along with plenty of live music and entertainment. It's a personal highlight of the year so well worth the journey to Bristol.

Jain communities embrace vegan message

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Thursday, 16th April 2015 @ 3:34pm

Dear friends,

We hope you've all been enjoying the warm sunny weather and the beautiful, colourful blossoms that spring has brought us!

We have lots more news to share in this latest newsletter including reports on two campaigning events carried out by JVWG in Kingsbury and Wembley (in Northwest London) recently. For the cooks among you, we have a tasty root-free scrambled tofu recipe to experiment with plus a date for the upcoming Jain Vegans Cooking Club gathering in Ruislip.
             

Aamir Khan goes vegan - inspired by Jainism! + Ayambil Oli

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Thursday, 26th March 2015 @ 10:19am

Dear all,

Lots of exciting news in this edition of the newsletter.  Aamir Khan, one of the most famous actors in Bollywood has turned vegan! He was inspired by both Jainism and the health benefits of adopting a plant based diet.

Ayambil Oli, a nine day festival in which devout Jains get together and consume only one meal a day which is devoid both of animal products and root vegetables, greens and spices, and made up mostly of plain (unflavoured) pulses and grains and boiled water to drink, is about to start soon.  Even if you are not participating in Ayambil this year why not use this opportunity to try a vegan diet for the duration of the festival?

Should you want to give a plant based diet a go but are unsure how to start then you'll find plenty of support in this newsletter.  There's information about some upcoming vegan cookery classes taking place next month in NW London plus a date for the next Jain Vegans Cooking Club event in Ruislip.  In addition, there's a list of all the many vegan festivals taking place throughout the country up until the summer including a massive one in Brighton this weekend. We hope to see lots of you there!

London Vegan Cookery classes + socials plus Brighton Vegan Festival (28 & 29 March)

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Thursday, 5th March 2015 @ 12:41pm

Dear friends,

The Jain Vegans team hope you've all had a great start to 2015!

We just wanted to remind you of a large vegan festival taking place over two days in Brighton in late March. There will be loads to see and do, so perhaps combine the festival with a visit to the seaside? A discount is available for those that can book in advance.

Plus there's information on some upcoming cookery classes in North West London by Nishma Shah of Shambhu's caterers, news about a new vegan coaching service and a date for the next Jain Vegan Cooking Club event taking place in mid - March.

There is also a link to Ahimsa award winning psychologist Melanie Joy's fascinating TEDx talk about 'carnism', the ideology that conditions society to eat certain animals yet love others as pets
.

Cooking Club on 15th March - please join us!

E-mail sent by Rehma Chandaria, Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 @ 5:27pm

We are very pleased to announce that the next Jain Vegans Cooking Club event will take place on 15th March at 2pm in the Ruislip area.  We are very excited as this is the first meeting of the year, so we're looking forward to seeing our members again and welcoming new members.

At each event, we ask attendees to make a vegan dish that would be suitable for most people following a Jain dietary code. We ask all members to write down the recipe with measurements and bring along the dish to share.   At previous events, we have shared delicious dishes such as dhokdi, halwa and chilli tofu, which are now published on the Jain Vegans website here: http://www.jainvegans.org/recipes/ 

If you are interested in joining the Cooking Club or would just like to know more, please email cook@jainvegans.org

What should you make?

The recipe may be a family favourite, or something you have found somewhere, e.g. in a magazine, online or in a recipe book and have been meaning to try or adapt to vegan Jain, or it could be one that you’ve made and adjusted previously that you would like to share with us. Or as it will be Mother's Day, how about sharing your mum's or grandmums' favourite recipes?

Otherwise, we have a selection of recipes that need to be tested and possibly adjusted before they can be published, so you're welcome to give one of these a try if you wish. 


Why should you come to the Cooking Club?

-          A chance to make a new vegan dish, or share one of your favourites

-          Share tips and learn with other enthusiastic cooks

-          Taste a variety of vegan Jain dishes

-          Meet like-minded people, enthusiastic about good home cooking

Read about what Heena, a Cooking Club member, thought of a previous event here:  http://www.plantshift.com/blog/the-jain-vegan-cooking-club

We usually meet for an hour. No one is expected to make a dish that feeds all the members - just enough for several tasters. And of course, the whole session would be friendly and informal.

Do you have a Vegan and Jain recipe to share?

We are looking to expand our collection of recipes, so if you have a recipe that you’d like to contribute (whether or not you can attend a Cooking Club event), please email it to us at: cook@jainvegans.org

We are particularly keen to find a good recipe for yeast-free pizza bases. 

With the help of Cooking Club members, the dishes will be tested, any adjustments to the recipe made and finally they will be published on the Jain Vegans website with credits to both the creator and adaptor. To help us in this process, we would be grateful if recipes could as far as possible use accurate metric measurements of all ingredients used.

Vegan Festival in Brighton on 28-29 March + cobra rescue

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Sunday, 25th January 2015 @ 2:10pm

Happy New Year friends! The first few months of 2015 are packed, as usual, with exciting events including an upcoming vegan festival in Brighton in March. Our website www.jainvegans.org has also been updated with more recipes and useful links to other organisations/sanctuaries working to promote the rights of animals, and encouraging a plant based lifestyle.
 

Vegan Festival in Brighton on 28-29 March + cobra rescue

E-mail sent by Jain Vegans, Thursday, 22nd January 2015 @ 12:09am

Happy New Year friends! The first few months of 2015 are packed, as usual, with exciting events including an upcoming vegan festival in Brighton in March. Our website www.jainvegans.org has also been updated with more recipes and useful links to other organisations/sanctuaries working to promote the rights of animals, and encouraging a plant based lifestyle.
 

BRIGHTON VEGFEST AND A COBRA RESCUE!

E-mail sent by Keval Shah, Saturday, 17th January 2015 @ 7:38pm

Happy New Year friends, The year is packed, as usual, with exciting events and vegan festivals... and we wouldn't want you to miss out on any of them. Our website www.jainvegans.org has also been updated with more recipes and useful links to other organisations/sanctuaries working to promote the rights of animals, and encouraging a vegan lifestyle. 

Vegan Xmas Fayre this Sunday in London & other news

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Tuesday, 2nd December 2014 @ 5:10pm

Hello everyone!

We just wanted to remind you of a big vegan festival taking place in Kensington this Sunday. There will be lots to see and do throughout the day so do try and pop in if possible.

Other news includes details of a recent blog post on our Jain Vegans website asking whether or not we should campaign against religious animal sacrifice, plus an update on the latest Jain Vegans Cooking Club event and JVWG member Keval Shah's recent school talk.
 
There is also some information on some upcoming Shambhu's festive cooking classes .

World Vegan Month, Recipes Wanted & Animal Aid's Xmas Fayre (07/12/14)

E-mail sent by Minal Shah, Monday, 10th November 2014 @ 9:33pm

Dear all,

Wow, for those living in or around London, what a busy start it has been to World Vegan Month. The first weekend of the month was full to the brim with activities to participate in and parties to attend. Just a flavour of what was on offer can be found here, on vegan Londoner Julie Rosenfield's excellent journal site.

If you missed out then worry not as there is still lots more happening this month, such as the next Jain Vegans Cooking Club event, and there's also something big to plan for in early December - Animal Aid's Xmas Fayre.


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