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Resources for a Social Justice-themed Passover (seder and beyond!)

The costumes have been packed away and the last crumb of hamentashen swept from the kitchen floor. Purim has come and gone and it is now time to shift our focus to a different sort of holiday–Passover is coming.

This year, we thought it’d be nice to give some tips on infusing themes of social justice into your Passover experience. Whether you’re planning on hosting a seder this year or just looking to add some deeper meaning to the holiday, Passover and social justice are intrinsically tied. As we say during the seder, “This year we are slaves. Next year, may we all be free.” Here are some resources to reference as you prepare for Passover this year:

  • ReformJudaism.org Passover Social Justice Guide: This guide offers action items that you can add to your seder that incorporate social justice themes.
  • Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism’s Social Justice-Themed Haggadot: Find the perfect haggadah for your seder from the wide variety provided by the RAC.
  • 101 Social Justice Passover Haggadot and Supplements: If you already have a great haggadah, consider using a supplement from Jewschool.com. This list offers more specific themes including racial justice, immigration, public health, and more!
  • HIAS Passover Resources: HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), a refugee resettlement agency provides suggestions on how you can incorporate refugee resettlement themes into your entire Passover experience.
  • MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger: MAZON, a Jewish organization that works to eradicate hunger, poses a Fifth Question to raise awareness about hunger-related themes.
  • AJWS: Next Year in a Just World: American Jewish World Service offers a haggadah entitled “Next Year in a Just World” which  offers thematic resonance with the stories and struggles of other oppressed communities around the globe.
  • Protect Our Neighbors: A Social Action Shabbat: The Friday before Passover (April 7) get your gears turning by attending a Social Action Shabbat service and dinner. (RSVP Here) Worship services welcoming in Shabbat and mentally preparing us for the themes of Passover will be at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary. At 6:45 pm we’ll join in the Swarsensky Social Hall for buffet dinner from Banzo restaurant, make your reservation online now. $15 per person. Following our meal, at 7:30pm also in the Social Hall we will hear from Alondra Quechol from Voces de la Frontera, a grassroots organization working for immigrants’ rights and other social justice issues. As a youth activist in Madison Alondra will share her story with us, shed light on the legal situation for undocumented immigrants and more.