Our story begins a year after the 2016 US elections brought a wave of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hate crimes to Jewish and Muslim communities across America. Abe's Eats founder Mohammad Modarres wanted to host an interfaith dinner he called Shabbat Salaam to create a space where people may discuss how to collectively tackle this rise in bigotry.
The rise in anti-Muslim bigotry in 2017 after the 2016 election cycle began (CAIR).
The rise in anti-Semitic bigotry in 2017 after the 2016 election cycle began (ADL).
To create the most inclusive dinner table, Mohammad needed to respect everyone's religious dietary laws, but he quickly realized that serving Zabihah Halal and Glatt Kosher meals was a logistical nightmare and really, really expensive. So it got him thinking...
"May we bring the Halal and Kosher meat production process together? Will it help Muslims and Jews from across denominations eat from the same plate? Will doing so produce a more efficient supply chain? Could religious foods become more accessible by being more inclusive?"
So he put the dinner on hold, jumped into his 1979 VW Bus, and spent the next year going up and down the Pacific Coast asking food experts and religious leaders if it was possible to create Interfaith Meat. One year later, he hosted his first Shabbat Salaam dinner, premiered "Interfaith Meat," and has had over 1,000 attendees participate in Abe's Eats interfaith programming. At events, attendees wanted to buy Interfaith Meat. So shortly after, Abe's was born.