Street Teamer's Compassionate Bat Mitzvah
Street Teamer Abigail Reiman has a heart of gold. She’s been vegetarian for life (I know, I’m jealous too!), she volunteers to help cats and dogs at her local animal shelter, and she used her Bat Mitzvah as a way to encourage others to go vegetarian.
For those of you not in the know, a Bat Mitzvah is a Jewish rite of passage for girls where they are recognized as being morally responsible for their actions, and it looks like Abigail’s got responsibility on lock! By being vegetarian for 13 years, Abigail has saved the lives of over 1,300 animals—just by not eating them. How’s that for responsible? 🙂
Here’s a quick snip of her speech:
“Most people think it wouldn’t matter if they became vegetarian because just one person won’t make a difference. What they don’t realize is that the more people become vegetarians, the less meat and fish is being bought. The less meat and fish being bought, the less money slaughterhouses are making. More and more people are becoming vegetarian everyday so, even though it won’t happen anytime soon, someday, hopefully slaughterhouses will go out of business.”
We just had to know more about Abigail’s Bat Mitzvah, so we picked her brain a bit. Check out her Q&A:
Tell me about some of the delicious vegetarian food that was served at your Bat Mitzvah!
At my Bat Mitzvah, a local restaurant catered delicious quesadillas, tator tots (my personal favorite), veggie burger sliders, a fantastic cookie cake, and some ice cream. None of my friends are vegetarians, but they enjoyed all the food. Some even tried the veggie burger sliders!
You used your Bat Mitzvah as an opportunity to speak publicly about your passion for animal rights. What advice do you have for others who are a bit shy about speaking up?
For those of you who are a little shy about speaking up, you can go around your neighborhood and collect extra towels and blankets and drop them off at a local animal shelter. You could try and introduce your friends and family to a lot of great vegetarian food and mention some of the things animals go through at the slaughterhouses. Another fun one is setting up a bake sale and have all your friends help out and then donate to your favorite animal helping organization. I have a lot of friends that were inspired with how I’d never eaten meat and they tried going vegetarian. Little things help!
You chose to help homeless dogs and cats for your Bat Mitzvah project. What advice would you have for others who may want to volunteer with their local animal rescue?
It’s so much fun! Just spending a few hours with these precious cats and dogs will change you. You want to help them in every way possible and give them the life they deserve. It’s a very satisfying activity and I recommend trying it out. All you have to do is look online for local animal rescue centers and call or send an email to sign up as a volunteer. Also try to get your friends in on it!
What do people tell you the strangest food that vegetarians eat is?
I’d say that would have to be tofu … it’s the most associated food with vegetarianism in my opinion. It’s a white squishy block of soy stuff. Sounds … interesting right? Believe it or not tofu is very healthy and when paired with the right foods and/or spices it tastes amazing. Most people I know thought it looked really weird at first, but when they tried it, they loved it!
I wish I were at Abigail’s Bat Mitzvah—the food sounds delish!
Animals need your voice—don’t let them down! 🙂