Rabbi Marc Soloway is the spiritual leader of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder, Colorado; and he raises goats.
While balancing all of the usual duties of a rabbi, not to mention helping both his synagogue and his own home recover from devastating floods, Soloway is leading the Jewish Food Movement in his community, reconnecting Jewish eating habits with spirituality, social justice, and environmentalism.
“I feel very strongly that the Torah invites us to be very conscious about what we eat and how our food is produced,” Rabbi Soloway said in a recent AP profile. “Is there ethical treatment of animals and workers? What is the environmental impact of the food we’re eating?”
In addition to his support of the Beit Izin (“House of Goats”) co-op and his local Tuv Ha’aretz Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group, Soloway is also on the Board of Directors of Hazon, the largest Jewish food and environmental organization in the country and the de facto voice of the Jewish Food Movement. Hazon largelydefines the movement as an attempt to make the American Jewish community “healthier and more sustainable.”
For his efforts, Soloway was named to the Jewish Daily Forward’s 2014 list of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis.