March 31st Passover event features diverse voices on the meaning of freedom

Courtesy of the National Museum of American Jewish History

Tomorrow, March 31st, NMAJH will host its annual Freedom Seder Revisited. The free virtual event brings together people of all races and beliefs for a community exploration of freedom in America today. It’s inspired by the 1969 Freedom Seder originally held on the one year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

When:  Wednesday, March 31st, 8:00 p.m. ET  

Where:  Virtual via the NMAJH Facebook page, NMAJH’s website, or Zoom.

Cost: Free with suggested $10 donation

What: Inspired by the 1969 Freedom Seder — where interfaith clergy held a Passover seder with 800 people of all backgrounds at a Black church in Washington, D.C. and connected the ancient story of persecution to the civil rights movement — the National Museum of American Jewish History hosts its annual Freedom Seder Revisited.

Through the lens of the Exodus narrative- journeying from a place of hardship to one of rebirth and renewal- this evening features commemoration, stories, performances, and a community exploration of freedom in America today.

View a highlights reel from past events.

Typically an in-person event at the Museum on Independence Mall for 300 participants of all faiths, races, and beliefs, the tradition continues virtually in 2021 with the re-airing of a beautiful selection of stories and performances presented at this signature NMAJH event since its inception in 2013. Each offers a unique perspective on the meaning of freedom in America today. Storytellers include:

  • A trans-Jewish voice on seder plate symbolism and the importance of offering new ways of interpreting old traditions to better engage younger generations and the present moment;
  • An Indian American immigrant who shared the story of her deportation hearing publicly for the first time as part of this event;
  • An African American reverend who recounts his experience being bullied and being defended at his Jewish summer camp;
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, co-leader of the original Freedom Seder and author of the Freedom Seder Haggadah, a first edition of which is in the Museum’s collection, who is providing new commentary for 2021;
  • And more.

Visit https://www.nmajh.org/events/9th-annual-freedom-seder-revisited/ to learn more.

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