Social Justice Seder Guide 2015

Emily Saltzman
Are you as excited about Passover as we are? It’s my favorite - a holiday which reminds us of the resilience of humanity, the power of community organizing and overcoming oppression!

We are proud of all the social justice Seders - and hot-off-the-presses Passover resources - that link our historic struggle with current injustices that affect us all and allow for opportunities for solidarity. See below for offerings from our organizations and please join them for what are sure to be thoughtful and energizing seders.

What did we forget? Email me at [email protected].

**Scroll to the bottom for a list of inspiring social justice seder resources**

 

Social Justice Seders

Baltimore

Jews United for Justice

On March 15th, JUFJ is hosting their second annual Baltimore Social Justice Seder which will be focusing on environmental justice. Attendees will learn about the toxic Curtis Bay Incinerator and the catastrophic levels of lead and mercury that threaten this Baltimore neighborhood, where families live and children go to school. Click here for more information.

Twin Cities, Minnesota

Jewish Community Action

On March 15th, JCA’s Immigrant Freedom Seder will weave together stories that highlight struggles and triumphs in social justice and draw from Jewish history, uniting the past with current stories about immigrant rights, voting rights, gun violence prevention, and economic justice.

Click here: http://jewishcommunityaction.org/events/2015/02/immigrant-freedom-seder for more details.

Chicago

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

On March 19th, JCUA’s 'Envisioning a Just Chicago' seder honors the people moving Chicago away from the Mitzrayim (which means "Egypt" or "narrow place") of structural racism and inequality. Commit with JCUA to reach a land of milk and honey with better public education, workers' rights, immigrant justice, and health equity. For more information visit:

https://jcua.org/emails/email-2-18-15/get-your-tickets-for-jcuas-seder-now?erid=667398&trid=210e98f5-6f45-4aab-bca7-15059d789d84

New York City

Workmen’s Circle

On March 22, celebrate Passover with the Workmen’s Circle at their Proudly Progressive Seder! Join them for an afternoon of food, music and readings from an activist hagodeh as they support the fight for $15 wage equality campaign.

Visit https://circle.org/seder/ for more information.

Washington, DC

Jews United for Justice

On March 22nd, JUFJ will hold its annual DC Labor Seder. The seder will focus on racial justice, in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Attendees will lift up the voices of leaders of color on topics ranging from police brutality to fair housing to decent, dignified work, and take action against racism in our country and our region. Click here for more information.

Boston

New England Jewish Labor Committee 15th Annual Labor Seder

On March 24, join JLC’s Labor Seder, a unique interfaith opportunity through which labor and Jewish community leaders and activists continue to build bridges. Join JLC’s table to learn more about current worker struggles in Greater Boston, find ways to get involved in meaningful campaigns for social justice, and rejoice in the ancient and joyful holiday of Passover.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1550643588516741/ or http://newenglandjewishlabor.org/annual-labor-seder/

New York

Jewish Labor Committee’s Educators’ Chapter and NYC’s United Federation of Teachers’ Jewish Heritage Committee

Ninth annual Labor Seder “to celebrate Passover through the eyes of the labor movement.” March 30, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Children are welcome and dinner will be served. The cost of $36 for adults and $15 for children includes a traditional kosher Passover dinner.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 13th  online here http://www.uft.org/events/9th-annual-labor-seder

New York

Freedom Feast is hosted by Forest City Ratner Companies in partnership with Lab/Shul, Auburn Theological Seminary, Kolot Chayeinu and Bend the Arc.

Spring Banquet Marks the Jewish Passover Second Seder, Christian Easter Holy Saturday, and the Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination

Led by Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders, civil rights activists, and performing artists, Freedom's Feast will be an interfaith celebration of hope, held on the evening of Saturday, April 4th. Freedom’s Feast will include highlights from the Hagaddah and the Biblical narratives of Passover and Easter, live music, multimedia interactive storytelling, a kosher for Passover feast, and a call to action for justice, freedom and human dignity across America and all over the world. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://labshul.org/freedom-feast-registration/.

Philadelphia

Jewish Labor Committee and Camp Galil/Habonim Dror

On April 9th, Kol Tzedek congregation in West Philadelphia along with the Jewish Labor Committee and Camp Galil/Habonim Dror will host their Labor Seder. This year’s theme will be racial inequality with keynote speaker Pastor Mark Tyler. Tickets will be $36 although no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. For more information and to RSVP contact Michael Hersch ([email protected]).

Houston

Harris County AFL-CIO Council & the Jewish Labor Committee

The Labor Seder is a unique interfaith opportunity through which labor leaders, Jewish community leaders, and activists continue to build bridges, by connecting this tradition to current struggles for justice. Attendees will find out ways to get involved in meaningful campaigns for social justice, and rejoice in the ancient and joyful holiday of Passover.

Date:   Thursday, April 16, 2015

Time:   6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Place:  Harris County AFL-CIO Council – Ceole Speight House of Labor

Cost:  $25 per person

Please RSVP by emailing Richard Shaw at [email protected] with your name(s) and number attending by April 14, 2015. For questions call Richard at 713-923-9473 or 713-240-2472.

 

New Resources for Passover 2015!

Jewschool compiled 2015's Top Ten Social Justice Haggadahs and Supplements - many of which are from our very own Roundtable members!

 

Fair Trade Certified Kosher Chocolate!

T’ruah and Fair Trade Judaica bring you all your chocolate needs this Passover! Check out the Equal Exchange website for details!

 

The Other Side of the Sea: A Haggadah on Fighting Modern Slavery

Bring the fight against modern slavery to your Passover seder with these new resources from T’ruah.

 

Ten Plagues of Domestic Poverty 

AVODAH's Passover Seder supplement written by corps members, alumni and staff.

 

Incorporate a Fifth Question into Your Seder

Download MAZON's supplement to discuss this question at your seder table - Why do we tolerate leaders who spend more time belittling hungry children than they do trying to fix the problem of hunger?

 

#BlackLivesMatter Hagaddah Supplement

This supplement created by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice includes additions to the Seder rituals and Haggadah text intended to highlight the role we believe Jews must play in confronting racism and abusive policing. We hope it will invite wrestling, thinking, and feeling, in the great tradition of our people. We wish you a powerful Seder, that then leads to meaningful action for justice. 

 

Queering Your Seder: LGBTQ Hagaddot

Keshet compiled numerous resources to help support developing an LGBTQ friendly and inclusive seder

 

The Heroic and Visionary Women of Passover

AJWS and our Supreme Court's very own Ruth Bader Ginsberg put together this supplement to support the inclusion of women in the Exodus narrative

 

How We Talk About Liberation: 50 Years After Selma

Bend the Arc compiled a series of reflections discussing the third and final march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 where Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis to march in solidarity with civil rights leaders
 
 

Solidarity: 14th Annual Labor Seder

 
Jews United for Justice compiled this social justice haggadah focusing on racial justice and solidarity work
 
 

Passover: A Season for Justice

 

The Religious Action Center compiled numerous resources to highlight social justice during our Passover seders featuring inserts and themed haggadot

 
 
 
 

 

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