Why Did the Chickens Cross the Road?

The Chicken Farmers 2Farming and agriculture and connecting to nutritious, local food are central values for many of us in Boulder’s Jewish Community.  The JCC is planning to have an educational, two-acre farm as an essential component of its new home on Cherryvale, and many people from across the community have been involved in our chicken and goat co-ops as well as our community-wide CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that brings delicious fresh veggies from Red Wagon Organic Farm.  With some of the changes and the construction, certain structures and animals will be moving around a bit.

Becca and a chicken

Members of the Jewish chicken co-op decided to take a break for a while and to regroup once the new JCC is established.  There were 22 rather old hens that needed to move from their home adjacent to the site of the new JCC on Boulder Jewish Commons.  The most obvious and certainly the easiest solution would have been to make them into soup, but some of us in the co-op felt like we wanted to let them live out their days and so we floated around the idea of relocating them to Bonai Shalom’s property, behind my house.  Our friends Dennis and Donna Walsh along with Bonai’s president Jeff Davis, really jumped into action to make this happen, building a chicken run and converting an old barn to a coop with a roost and nests.

On FridayChickens! March 20, a few us, including an enthusiastic Bat Mitzvah student, Becca Bloom,  moved the chickens across the street to their clean, new home and they are thriving in this environment and looking good.

So why did the chickens cross the road?  To get to their new home where our community can continue to take care of them and enjoy their eggs.  Next time you see egg salad at a Bonai Shalom kiddush lunch, it will probably have been made from the freshest, most local eggs possible! Thanks to all who helped and all who are participating in this project.  We have such wonderful partners and collaborators in Boulder’s Jewish community, ensuring a sustainable and nourishing future.  Who knows what will happen next in our flourishing corner of East Boulder?

New home for the chickens


About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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