Look inside the world’s first Jewish vegan centre in Golders Green

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Look inside the world’s first Jewish vegan centre in Golders Green

It follows a crowdfunding campaign to transform the Jewish Vegetarian Society's building on Finchley Road

Credit: Jonathan Goldberg
Credit: Jonathan Goldberg

The world’s first Jewish vegan centre has opened in Golders Green after a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green Mike Freer.

“We are delighted to open the doors to the world’s first Jewish vegan centre at just the right time, when community centres are in short supply, and when the production of animal products is crueller than ever,” said the centre’s Lara Balsam.

“We hope to inspire the creation of many more such hubs around the world, servicing the ever-increasing demand for and interest in Jewish veganism.”

Credit: Luke Stanton

The launch was attended by over 300 people, including Britain’s first vegan MP Labour’s Kerry McCarthy.

It follows a crowdfunding campaign to transform the Jewish Vegetarian Society’s building on Finchley Road with a large hall, kitchen, garden and meeting rooms.

The event featured cookery workshops, children’s gardening and a panel discussion on food ethics in Judaism with rabbis Jonathan Wittenberg and Debbie Young-Somers.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: