Chief Rabbi on farm for kosher eco hotel opening

Rabbi Mirvis praises Kent-based Sadeh project as 'a fantastic model we can all learn from'


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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis spent a day on the farm this week to formally open Europe’s first kosher eco hotel.

Set in seven acres of Kent countryside, the Sadeh Farmhouse is a social enterprise run by Jewish environmental charity Sadeh. Profits from the hotel will go back into the charity.

The Chief Rabbi and other religious and civic leaders were shown around by Sadeh chief executive Talia Chain and Naomi Verber, its hospitality head, who designed and runs the hotel. They also visited the Lone Goat Brewery, the on-site microbrewery and pickling venture.

After a lunch prepared from organic farm ingredients, Rabbi Mirvis spoke of the importance of environmentalism, stressing the time had come to translate words of support into action.

He described Sadeh as “a fantastic model we can all learn from. What Talia Chain and Naomi Verber have done is to make learning about the environment fun. The key to education is not just what you say but how you say it.

“People can come on holiday and enjoy it as much as they would any other holiday while also learning about the environment and contributing to a charity.

“I was particularly pleased to see that KLBD is providing the kashrut supervision.”

Ms Chain was heartened by the visit and the support for environmentalism. “We are a Jewish farm, a community hub and a catalyst for change. We welcome anyone who is interested to join us and see what life on the farm is all about.”

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