Brentwood 7th Grader’s Bar Mitzvah Project Sparks Vegan Eating

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Brentwood 7th Grader’s Bar Mitzvah Project Sparks Vegan Eating

May 15, 2014 8:29 pm by:  Category: Health + Fitness,Lifestyle Leave a comment

Jaden enjoying his favorite meal vegan plant-based Sante Fe Crispy Chicken Sandwich with vegan Mac and cheese.

By Anne Hansen

Last month, Brentwood’s Jaden Elkins, a 7th grader at Paul Revere Middle School, celebrated his Vegan Bar Mitzvah promoting animal kindness.

Jaden had his private party at Veggie Grill in Westwood. It was the first time Veggie Grill has hosted a private party and the first Vegan Bar Mitzvah for most of the guests.

Before the event, there were several articles written about Jaden and his crusade to bring positive awareness and support to the vegan lifestyle and to promote animal kindness.

His articles were blogged nationally, making him somewhat of a celebrity among animal activists.

As Jaden spreads the word of animal kindness, he continues to inspire others along the way.

His Synagogue, University Synagogue, has planned a 100 percent vegan teacher luncheon catered by Veggie Grill in Westwood this month.

The Synagogue also offers a special teen youth program involving prayers and food from local restaurants.

The program teaches teens to be caring, compassionate and unique while sampling all types of food and making close friendships.

Veggie Grill has been a major hit with the University Synagogue kids.

Jaden’s algebra teacher, Darlene Faraone, read a previous article about Jaden and said she is now also going vegan because of him.

Jaden’s large family of six are all vegan. His siblings, Dane age 15, Cody age 9, and Madison age 7, are all big fans of Veggie Grill.

Jaden said since his Bar Mitzva he had received many positive comments about his animal kindness campaign from so many unexpected places.

“I am very happy I can inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle,” Jaden said. “It’s okay to stand up for what you believe in, even if your friends believe differently. You can make a real change in your life and in others if you stay true to yourself and follow your heart.”

One day, he plans to write a book titled, “Animals Have Parents Too.”

Follow Jaden on Twitter – @therealvegankid.


6 thoughts on “Brentwood 7th Grader’s Bar Mitzvah Project Sparks Vegan Eating

  1. Happy Cow lists two that are vegan friendly in Andalucia. And Barcelona lists 34. I will have to give them a post soon.

    Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants: (
    Vegetarian Restaurant Write a review4.0 stars6 reviews
    Calle Peso 6, Puerta de Jerez, Casco Antiguo, CÃ diz (at just inside the Medina gate), Tarifa, Spain
    Open daily all day in summer, close for siesta 4-7 rest of year.
    Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Indian, International, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out
    Comida vegetariana. Small place with mostly take away, has 4 small tables for dining in. Food is prepared ahead of time and placed in a counter for re-heated upon order. Features weekly specials and Asian menu during winter. Cash only. Inexpensive.

    Tarifa EcoCenter
    Vegetarian Restaurant Write a review4.0 stars7 reviews
    San Sebastian 6, Cadiz (at Av Andalucia), Tarifa, 11380
    Open Mon-Thu 09.00-02.00, Fri-Sat 09.00-03.00, Sun 09.00-02.00.
    Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Organic, Beer/Wine, Western
    Organic restaurant, bakery, eco shop, massage, and yoga. All products are organic and mostly local and seasonal. Serves pizzas, soups, desserts, and beverages. Lunch menu for around 10 euros. Live music Fri-Sat nights, big screen social conscious movies. May also use the name Vegetalycual. Accepts credit cards. Moderate.

  2. What an inspiring little boy. Thanks for sharing his story. I think I mentioned that my bf is vegan so we’ve been discovering some wonderful places that are both vegan and foodie.

  3. What a cool kiddo! Sometimes I think vegan kids make more of an impact than vegan adults. People seem to respect kids who are kind to animals. Adults who are kind to animals, however; are just seen as strange. 🙂

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