The video below is a short feature about Aotearoa Slow Food, the Wellington
The Klezmer Rebs and Cafe Klezmer don't appear in the video, so here's The Klezmer Rebs from their "Live at their Wellington Folk Festival" CD. I haven't found an online sample of Cafe Klezmer, but if I do I'll let you know.
Dem ganefs yikhes
There is a much deeper connection between the slow food movement and Jewish culture that has received a lot of attention recently. The connection is about what food is fit for a Jew to eat. Traditionally, that question has been primarily answered through application of kashrut laws (e.g. no pork). The last couple of years has seen a rise of folks in both traditional and liberal communities that wish to see other aspects of Jewish law and tradition energetically applied to the question as well. These other aspects include fair labor practices, humane treatment of animals, and minimal environmental impact. There are a wide range of opinions on this topic. One group, Heksher Tzedek, is taking it as far as wanting to place an additional mark on a food product assuring the committed Jew that the food item was produced in accordance to this wider range of halachic requirements. My buddy Michael Croland of Heeb 'n Vegan also routinely writes thought provoking pieces from his vegan perspective. What ever your opinion, it is a fascinating topic worthy of personal and communal consideration.
Hat tip to the folks at Aotearoa Slow Food for posting the video and organizing the event.