Justice Seder will celebrate Passover by shining a light on modern day oppression


virginia interfaith centerTemple Beth-El in Richmond is hosting an interfaith Passover “Justice Seder” on Monday, April 22, in collaboration with faith leaders and organizational partners representing many different faiths and backgrounds from across Richmond.

Clergy and community members of all faiths will participate in the service, which will include Jewish and Gospel music. Faith leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu and other faiths have collaborated to create a multi-faith “Haggadah” (means telling) booklet that tells the Passover story of the Exodus from Egypt and makes a personal connection to the issues of oppression and liberation.

A Seder is the Jewish Passover holiday ritual meal during which the Haggadah (means ‘telling’) booklet is read aloud. This Justice Seder will draw on the Exodus story and Passover rituals to shine a light on modern-day oppression: racism, sexism, militarism, and materialism.

Rabbi Michael Knopf of Temple Beth-El, said, “We hope this Interfaith Seder will inspire our communities to come together to better understand and work on these pressing challenges. Through food, story, conversation, and prayer; we will learn and recommit to bringing justice and healing to our city, our Commonwealth, and our country.” The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is proud to be one of the many community partners supporting this interfaith event.



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