JIFA Leadership Circle

The JIFA Leadership Circle supports institutions — synagogues, Hillels, camps, JCCs, schools, food service and catering companies — to align the food they offer with their institutional values and promote a more ethical and sustainable food system. With a focus on reducing and replacing industrial dairy, meat, and eggs, JIFA provides a tailored approach to working with Jewish institutions and offers hands-on consulting, free of charge.

The Leadership Circle honors diverse organizations which share common Jewish values around compassion for animals, preserving the planet, and building healthier food systems. JIFA assists Jewish institutions of varying sizes and with differing food-sourcing models. All of them are finding creative and effective ways to translate their values into action, often at significant savings to costs.

Become a Member

Jewish institutions that commit to the Leadership Circle requirements join a growing number of institutions increasing demand for plant-based foods as well as products that come from animals raised in higher welfare conditions. To join the Leadership Circle, an institution must commit to reduce the total volume of animal products they purchase by at least 20 percent (normalized by the number of meals served). Contact us to join today.


  • Receive ongoing free consulting from JIFA staff
  • Access best practices and resources for plant-forward dining
  • Get expert support to calculate the impact of your institution’s plant-forward dining in terms of cost reductions and carbon impact
  • Obtain public recognition for leadership, including
    • Support with local and national media, including communication templates and examples
    • Recognition via JIFA’s communication channels
  • Align your food choices with the animal welfare, environmental sustainability and nutritional values of your institution!

Current Members

Some Leadership Circle members were recognized for program requirements adopted between 2016-2020. Moving forward, members will be recognized for membership requirements described above.


Allegheny Hillel

Berkeley Hillel

Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center

CU Boulder Hillel

Gesher Day School

Yale Hillel

Central Florida Hillel

Northwestern Hillel

Stanford Hillel

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