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21 September 2011  
Join Us in Brooklyn for 3 End-Chickens-As-Kaporos Demos in October
Locations are the Brooklyn Neighborhoods of Midwood, Williamsburg & Crown Heights
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The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is hosting three peaceful 2-hour protest demonstrations the first week of October in Brooklyn. We’re protesting the cruel and needless “swinging” and slaughtering of chickens in Kaporos ceremonies the week before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement (Oct. 7-8, 2011). All three demos will be held on weekday evenings from 6-8pm.

Please join United Poultry Concerns president Karen Davis, AECK founding members Rina Deych and David Rosenfeld, UPC staff member Ronnie Steinau and other dedicated activists at one, two, or all three of these important demos. We need you with us to bear witness to the needless suffering we seek to end, and be counted for these birds. Here is the schedule:

Tuesday evening Oct 4: Ocean Parkway and Ave. P in Midwood from 6-8pm.

Wednesday evening Oct 5: Pupa Kosher Butcher store at 118 Division Ave (between Bedford & Driggs Avenues) in Williamsburg from 6-8pm.

Thursday evening Oct 6: 792 Eastern Parkway between Kingston & Albany Avenues in Crown Heights from 6-8pm.

Last year our rally and candlelight vigil brought lots of good media attention including the moving coverage we received in The Washington Post by Pulitzer Prizewinning photojournalist Carol Guzy. To view this coverage, click on “An ancient tradition draws protests” by Carol Guzy, The Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2010.

Check out one of our 3 powerful animated ads the AECK is running 400,000 times through September in online Jewish publications:

Finally, if you haven’t yet done so, Please Sign Our End-Chickens-as-Kaporos Petition for 2011.

Thank you for your support.

1 October 2011
Directions & Instructions for End Chickens as Kaporos
Demos October 4, 5, and 6

Public Transportation

Tuesday evening Oct 4: Ocean Parkway and Ave. P in Midwood from 6-8pm. F train to Avenue P.

Wednesday evening Oct 5: Pupa Kosher Butcher, 118 Division Ave, between Bedford and Driggs Avenues, in Williamsburg, from 6-8 pm. M train to Marcy Avenue.

Thursday evening Oct 6: 792 Eastern Parkway between Kingston & Albany Avenues in Crown Heights from 6-8pm. #3 train to Kingston Avenue.

To get subway or bus directions from anywhere in the city, please go to:

For directions by car, please visit:

What to Wear

Please wear dark-colored clothes. Do Not wear shorts, t-shirts or bright apparel. This is a somber event so please dress accordingly.

What to Bring

We will have an End Chickens As Kaporos Banner and 15 two-sided posters. If you wish you may bring your own sign urging Mercy and Compassion for the Chickens and a plea for Kindness, Not Cruelty. DO NOT BRING SIGNS ATTACHED TO STICKS OR POLES. These are not permitted. Posters must be hand-held or worn on one’s clothes.

If you need additional information, please contact Rina Deych at 718-216-7103, or email

We look forward to having you with us.

1 October 2011
Need volunteers to transport rescued chickens to several locations in NY, PA, and possibly MD

As part of our three scheduled demos (October 4 through 6, all in Brooklyn, 6-8 PM) to end the use of chickens as Kaporos, we are hoping to be able to rescue a good number of chickens.

Right now, we have sanctuaries located in upstate New York, Long Island, and PA, willing to take in a total of 62 birds. We have one person with a van who will be able to take some of the birds to one sanctuary. We need volunteers who are willing to drive the remaining birds to the others.

Also, it would be helpful to have on hand people who know how to sex the birds (which is not easy, since they are quite young). These sanctuaries can accept mostly hens, and only a few roosters.

Please contact me if you can volunteer to drive any birds to these sanctuaries. It would be preferable to drive them out the evening of rescue, but we do have a place we can hold them overnight, if need be.

Please share this plea with people you really trust who may be able to help or know someone who can.

Thank you.

For the chickens,
Rina Deych
(718) 216-7103
Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos


The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos is an association of compassionate people who seek to replace the cruel use of chickens in Kaporos rituals (also spelled Kapparot or Kaparos) with money or other non-animal symbols of atonement in the week preceding Yom Kippur, which this year starts at sunset on October 7 and ends at sunset on October 8. To learn more about the Alliance and its objectives, please go to See also

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