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Making our Halal & Kosher interfaith foods more accessible & nutritious, while using food to build community and combat hate
Making our Halal & Kosher interfaith foods more accessible & nutritious, while using food to build community and combat hate
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Abe's Eats: Food To Foster Interfaith Unity

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It started over a dinner that turned into a movement at a time when the social fabric of our country was threatened by rising religious bigotry. Now we want to share our Interfaith Foods with you, while bringing awareness to and raising funds for initiatives that foster unity and inclusivity.

Watch Mohammad's latest talk as he discusses why it is important, now more than ever, to familiarize ourselves with our farmers and support local food production.

After surveying 200+ potential consumers from a variety of religious backgrounds, 100% said they would be more observant of their dietary laws if their options were more accessible and higher quality. Here’s how we plan to help out with that.

The food businesses we are in contact with are hungry to make their spaces more inclusive to America’s growing Muslim and Jewish consumer base, while using our 2-in-1 products to save time, money, inventory space, and food waste. 

Your Abe’s Eats purchase supports the development of new programs that celebrate interfaith unity and inclusivity. These initiatives may include Shabbat Salaam and Yalla, Yalla!, or be led by partner organizations that are part of our Sadaqah/Tzedakah Fund.

Our Shabbat Salaam Dinners have premiered Interfaith Meat and multi-faith programming to 1,000+ attendees from San Francisco to NYC. 

Food tells our diverse stories. Our new Yalla, Yalla! Walking Tours explore Muslim and Jewish immigrant identities in NYC through the sacred spaces they have built and the delicious foods they have prepared.

After the 2016 elections, anti-Semitic bigotry rose by 57% (ADL, 2017) while anti-Muslim bigotry rose by 91% (CAIR, 2017).

By offering Interfaith Foods we celebrate the commonalities that exist between our Muslim and Jewish families, while offering better foods for everyone. (Fun fact: +80% of Halal and Kosher foods are consumed by Americans who have no religious affiliation to Islam or Judaism.)

By creating inclusive spaces through our programs, we promote peace building at the dinner table.

Through our Sadaqah/Tzedakah fund, we reinvest 5% of our proceeds back into nonprofits initiatives and organizations that combat hate speech and violence.

We partner with American ranchers who offer meats from cage-free livestock that graze, poke, and poop on their local pastures. We source from farmers who practice sustainable, regenerative agriculture so that we help in revitalizing our land’s carbon soil to more effectively sequester carbon and naturally combat climate change. Do it the right way and food production can help our public and environmental health. 

Check out "Our Products" and "Our Programs" (above) and the Support Pledge column (on the right) to learn more about our Kickstarter Rewards.

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 Thanks to all our backers so far who helped us gain dual certification by reaching our $12,000 goal, we are excited to now offer stretch goals. 

With your help, funds that we generate will primarily go towards securing certification from well-known kosher/halal certifiers with international accreditation. Your contribution will also help us push for the commercial production of our Abe’s Meats, Hummus for All of Us, and Honey, I Love You products. We have identified promising partners across production and distribution channels that we desire to continue developing our working relationships with to bring our products fully into the market.  Aside from these initiatives, additional funds will go towards developing our interfaith programming (e.g. Shabbat Salaam, Yalla Yalla!)

Mohammad Modarres is a 2018 and 2019 TED Resident and the CEO of Abe’s Eats. He is responsible for strategy, product development, brand management, marketing, and partnerships.

Brian Lai is the CFO of Abe's Eats. He focuses on the finance, accounting, and supply chain of Abe's Eats' current pipeline and future scale.

Juni Hoppe is an interfaith expert and an enthusiastic bridge-builder who has focused her post-doc research on Jewish-Christian relations. She is also the Director of Shabbat Salaam, and leads grant management, sponsorship relationships, and strategic development for the program.

Eric Salitsky is an architectural designer passionate about sacred spaces and community building through interfaith dialogue. He is also the Director of the new Yalla, Yalla! Muslim-Jewish Walking Tour.

Outside of the management team, Abe’s Eats has brought on board more than a dozen mentors across multiple industries – from food production specialists to environmental conservationists – to assist in the development of Abe's Eats and its products and programs.

The idea of Interfaith Meat was born out of wanting to host an interfaith dinner in response to the rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hate crimes after the 2016 presidential elections. I wanted to bring my friends together to discuss how we can effectively combat this wave of bigotry in a consistent and sustainable manner. After successfully teaming up and working with food experts and religious leaders in Oregon and California, I premiered Interfaith Meat at the first Shabbat Salaam interfaith dinner in San Francisco in Summer 2017. By Spring 2018, I was humbled to join the 5th class of the TED Residency for breakthrough ideas and began incubating Interfaith Meat into Abe’s Eats, an inclusive food brand that uses the power of food to build community and celebrate our commonalities, while making high-quality faith-based foods more accessible. By Summer 2018 I had given my first TED Talk, brought on board a childhood friend of +16 years, and focused on growing our product line, while we hosted Shabbat Salaam dinners here and there. In Fall 2018, we were honored by Specialty Foods Association and Bill and Chelsea Clinton. By Winter 2018, I wanted our approach to regenerative agriculture and local economic empowerment by working with American farmers to take center stage. We were honored to join the Climate Collaborative and make a pledge to Sustainable Development Goal #12: Sustainable consumption and production. By Summer 2019, we began producing new products, including Hummus for All of Us and Honey, I Love You. Finally, this month we won NPR’s How I Built This Fellowship - a dream come true! We cannot wait for what the future has in store for Abe’s Eats. 

With your support, we hope we can continue to grow and serve all types of customers high-quality, faith-based foods. Thank you for your support! 

Mohammad Modarres, Abe’s Eats

Looking for the Abe's Eats Press Kit?

#UnityInDiversity is an online video campaign that highlights the stories of a diverse group of individuals. As a food brand dedicated to inclusivity, we at Abe's Eats want to show that behind the color of our skin and the stereotypes of our religious beliefs, there are dreams and passions that can resonate with everyone on a human level. Through these human connections, we believe we can build a longer dinner table. Follow Abe's Eats on YouTube and @AbesEats to watch more stories in the upcoming weeks. 

Risks and challenges

While we work tirelessly to dot our i’s and cross our t’s as best we can, there are always sourcing and production risks in launching a food venture from scratch without large, consistent volume. We have delivered a handful of B2C shipments in our local neighborhoods and across the US and hosted +1,000 attendees at our Shabbat Salaam dinners, making mistakes along the way. But in our mistakes, we have learned valuable lessons. In the process, we’ve also gained a large network of food and religious experts that want to help us succeed.

Last year, we partnered with a Kosher certified, 100% grass-fed meat distributor that gave us our first shot at commercial viability. Since then we’ve had to navigate the sensitive territory of Kosher/Halal certification and have been in discussion with two of the largest certifying bodies to sanction our own production utilizing vendors and counterparties we have previously collaborated with.

Earlier this year, we developed a hummus recipe at a nonprofit commercial kitchen in New York. We are seeking opportunities to apply the HPP process to our hummus to maintain quality and freshness during distribution and shipment.
While these two products are still prototyping, we believe we have a viable roadmap to actualize commercial production and have scaled our expected delivery accordingly. We take accountability seriously and commit to being transparent and fair with all of our backers regarding any updates and delays. We appreciate your trust in us.

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    The Holy Trinity of Thank You's

    Like what we're up to? Show us some love!

    *As always, every purchase you make supports the development of initiatives that celebrate our unity in diversity*

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    Abe's "Cut The Beef" Comedy Show

    *$5 OFF at the door price*

    Join us on Tuesday, October 29th for a night of comedy! Abe's will host an interfaith comedy show featuring Muslim and Jewish comedians in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 PM. The show starts at 7:00 PM sharp.

    (Want to buy a comedy tix and pledge for another gift? Adjust your pledge amount accordingly and slide in our DMs to let us know about the pledge change.)

    In between sets, we'll raffle off fun prizes and feature our #UnityInDiversity video series. Follow us on social (@AbesEats) to learn more about our lineup, what we're up to, and a chance to win more free goodies.

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    • Want a tix AND another reward? Add $10 to your final pledge :)
    • Any pledge of +$150 gets you a pair of free tickets
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    The Disciples 12-Pack of Holiday Cards

    EARLY BIRD *more than 50% off our online store price*

    This holiday season don't shoot another lame text to your loved ones. Instead, send our twelve apostles to spread good ol' fashion holiday cheer. Get a 12-pack of postcards commonly used for Eid, Hannukah, Diwali, and Christmas. Happy holidays from our nutty family to yours.

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    Abe's Limited Edition Kickstarter Bag

    We refused to offer our famous tote as a pledge reward (since our totes have been exclusive to event attendees), but we keep getting requests to offer them separately. After we got emails from potential backers all the way in France and England we finally caved in. "Fine!" But here's the deal: we'll offer a limited-edition Kickstarter swag bag with a poster. And no, you cannot see the design yet, but do you really need to? Trust us. We design dope stuff.

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    Abe's "Honey, I Love You"

    Whether you're a member of the Jewish, Muslim, Crossfit or Vegetarian community, honey is worshipped by nearly everyone for its healing powers. Its unique relationship to maintain all of life on Mother Earth is undoubtedly more important now than ever before. We want to be part of preserving the art of beekeeping.

    We chose to produce a 100% locally sourced, raw and unfiltered honey from hives around our neighborhood. It gets better - our beekeeper is a Rabbi who maintains classic cars. We can't make this stuff up.

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    Abe's "Hummus for All of Us" (Early Abe)

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    The best hummus in the world is whatever Anthony Bordain said it was. The second is ours.

    Your support gets you four (4) 10-oz standard packs of Hummus for All of Us.

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    Yalla, Yalla! Walking Tour (Early Abe)

    *SAVE $25 with early Abe tickets*

    A perfect gift for every NYC tourist (or local!) in 2020...

    While we are best known for our Shabbat Salaam interfaith dinner series, our latest program includes the Yalla, Yalla! Muslim-Jewish Immigrant Walking Tour of New York City (We hope to launch in more cities with the help of new partnerships!).

    In collaboration with the New York-based New Day Fellowship, Yalla Yalla! highlights how Muslim and Jewish immigrants have shaped New York City over many generations. We will explore these identities through the sacred spaces they have built and the delicious food they have prepared.

    Our 2-hour tours will happen across a series of Sundays starting in Spring 2020. As long as you are free on one of the Sundays listed on our website your pledge will act as a voucher for any time you book. And if not, we'll offer you a refund or product replacement.

    Includes:
    • The perfect gift for every NYC tourist (or local!) in 2020
    • 2-hour guided walking tour with Eric & Mohammad
    • Downloadable podcast incl. interviews & musical performances
    • Bite sized tastings at Muslim and Jewish food establishments
    • Visiting sacred spaces (e.g. mosques, synagogues)
    • Our popular tote bag with lil bitty goodies inside
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    Shabbat Salaam Dinner Ticket (Early Abe)

    *SAVE $25 on limited early Abe tickets*

    Your Shabbat Salaam ticket will include at least a 3-course dinner, including non-alcoholic beverages, and a live performance, lecture, or other forms of programming.

    NYC - Friday, June 5, 2020
    DC - Friday, June 19, 2020

    Can't make it to New York or DC? Share this campaign and help us reach our stretch goals to host in new cities like Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago.

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    • Want a Shabbat Salaam in your city? Check out our stretch goals!
    • +3 course Shabbat Salaam fundraiser dinner ticket
    • Our popular tote bag with lil bitty goodies inside
    • Voucher to ANY Shabbat Salaam (if you can't make the future date)
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    The Mystery Box

    Our Mystery Box could be a pair of custom ugly sweaters for your next holiday party, a sexy nature calendar of our farm animals (yes, they'll be in their birthday suits), limited edition swag, or maybe brand new products we'll let you test before anyone else even knows what's up.

    Got questions? Sorry, you'll just have to take a leap of faith :) Our lips are sealed.

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    Shabbat Salaam Neighbor Butcher Box

    Your 8-10lb Neighbor Butcher Box of Interfaith Meat beef cuts will feed way more than twenty (20) people so that you may invite your Muslim and/or Jewish neighbors over for a proper post-Jummah, Shabbat Salaam Friday night interfaith dinner.

    Includes:
    • 8-10 lb of Glatt Kosher & Zabihah Halal Interfaith Meat cuts
    • The Holy Trinity (prizes above)
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    Shabbat Salaam Community Butcher Box

    Your 18-20lb Community Shabbat Salaam Butcher Box of mixed Interfaith Meat cuts will easily feed more than fifty (50) people so you may invite all your favorite people at the mosque and synagogue to join you for a proper post-Jummah Friday night Shabbat Salaam interfaith dinner.

    Includes:
    • 18-20lb of Zabihah Halal & Glatt Kosher Interfaith Meat cuts
    • Bonus honey package inside our tote
    • The Holy Trinity (prizes above)
    • The Disciples 12-pack of holiday cards (prizes above)
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    Custom Illustration of You

    Like the artwork on our packaging and website? Let us make you part of it! For $500 you'll not only have an illustration of you (in high-res digital), but one that we will use in our work - for future product packaging and merchandising.

    Includes:
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    • Your cartoon will be in our next product packaging
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    Private Yalla, Yalla! Walking Tour

    * Get the early Abe price for each individual ticket at $50/pp and save $25 on each person *

    Hate strangers? Or everyone?! You're in luck! You can book a private walking tour with all the bells and whistles of our individual ticket, but with 20 of your closest friends (or people who you can at least tolerate).

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    #UnityInDiversity Video Director

    #UnityInDiversity is an online video campaign by Abe's Eats that highlights the stories of a diverse group of individuals. As a food brand dedicated to inclusivity, we want to show that behind the color of our skin and the stereotypes of our religious beliefs, there are dreams and passions that can resonate with everyone on a human level. Through these human connections, we believe we can build a longer dinner table. Watch the latest #UnityInDiversity videos by following our YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/abeseatsyoutube

    Your pledge will include playing a lead role in our next #UnityInDiversity shoot at our Brooklyn studio. This reward includes dibs on the Director's Chair, a personal assistant to yell "COFFEE!" to whenever you need a sip of darkness, and a custom outfit consisting of a hipster mustache and aviators before you make a scene and get in front of the camera to show everyone how it's done. You'll share your story and get a solid photoshoot because #DoItForTheGram.

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    Sponsor A Shabbat Salaam In Your Town

    Leave it all to us! We'll bring to life all the parts and pieces necessary to host a Shabbat Salaam in your town! As our first sponsor (and producer), you're welcome to help us develop local programming and offer any insights on local ingredients. The night will include a candle lighting ceremony to welcome in Shabbat, a Muslim-led prayer, a +3 course interfaith meal, live entertainment, and more. We'll also work with you to choose a date and location that works best for your community.

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    Legacy

    Work with us from start to finish on a future product. Help us select the packaging and label design with your own custom illustration on the product. Leave your legacy on an early-stage impact-driven startup.

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    • Free entry to any Shabbat Salaam for LIFE
    • Personal #UnityInDiversity campaign spotlight
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    Abe's "Honey, I Love You" (Early Bear)

    EARLY BEAR *SAVE $5*

    Whether you're a member of the Jewish, Muslim, Crossfit or Vegetarian community, honey is worshipped by nearly everyone for its healing powers. Its unique relationship to maintain all of life on Mother Earth is undoubtedly more important now than ever before. We want to be part of preserving the art of beekeeping.

    We chose to produce a 100% locally sourced, raw and unfiltered honey from hives around our neighborhood. It gets better - our beekeeper is a Rabbi who maintains classic cars.

    Includes:
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    • The Holy Trinity (prizes above)
    • The Disciples 12-pack of holiday cards (prizes above)
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Funding period

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