Kaparos

“Kapparot is not consistent with Jewish teachings and law. Repentance and charity can be better accomplished by using money instead of a slaughtered chicken.” - Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren
Photo by: David Rosenfeld        
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Kapparot practitioners prepare to “swing” chickens in Brooklyn, NY in 2008

2017

New York
Los Angeles & Orange County
Israel
Chicago

2016

Boston, Massachusetts
New York
New Jersey
Chicago
Los Angeles & Orange County
Israel

2015

New York
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Geralyn Shukwit/Courtesy Rina Deych
A young Brooklyn man participating in a Kaporos tradition of slaughtering chickens to raise money for local synagogues gives the finger to animal rights activist Rina Deych as she tries to discourage members of the community from the practice.
New Jersey
Los Angeles
Israel

2014

New York
Kaporos Chickens Find Sanctuary Happiness
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Photo by Richard Cundari at And-Hof Animals Sanctuary for Farm Animals in Catskill, NY, 26 October 2014
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Lori Barrett with her rescued Kaporos chicken Isa at And-Hof Sanctuary, November 2014
Click for More Kaporos Chickens Find Sanctuary Happiness Updated 11 February 2015
These young chickens were rescued from a Kaporos ritual in Boro Park, Brooklyn, New York on October 3, 2014. Despite being immobilized in transport crates without food or water, here they are enjoying their lives full of energy, curiosity, friendliness and good cheer. Video by Kurt Andernach, And-Hof Animal Sanctuary in upstate New York.
Los Angeles
Jerusalem

2013

New York
Los Angeles
Jerusalem
Considerations, Information, Pleas for Mercy & Action

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2011


2010

more on www.EndChickensAsKaporos.com


2009


Photo by: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times Monday September, 16 2002
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Kapparot practitioners prepare to swing chickens in Chicago in 2004
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When the Chickens Went on Strike
By Erica Silverman and illustrated by Matthew Trueman.

One day during Rosh Hashanah - the beginning of the Jewish New Year - a boy overhears the chickens in his village plan a strike. They are sick of being used for Kapores, the custom practiced in his Russian village where live chickens are waved over everyone's heads to erase their bad deeds. "An end to Kapores!" the chickens chant as they flee the town.

This book is adapted from a story by Sholom Aleichem, the great Yiddish author best known for his tales which are the basis of the internationally acclaimed play Fiddler on the Roof.


2008 & earlier