Saturday, April 20, 2019

Three Passover Haggadahs Celebrating our Immigrant Nation and a POP Quiz

Lady Liberty Opening the gate to a immigrant Jewish family. Source.

The United States is a Nation of Immigrants.  Each immigrant group brings it unique story.

Passover (Pesach) is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt.

The Haggadah is a Jewish text that is read every year during the Passover meal (Seder).  

Here are  three haggadahs which remember that the Jews were once refugees, too, and are obligated to seek justice for "the Stranger."

ADL: This Passover, Think of the Modern Plagues / Next Year May We All Be Free
As Jews celebrate freedom, let’s reflect on 10 modern plagues that still oppress so many—and identify actions we can take to help.

ADL: We Were Strangers Too- A Haggadah Supplement for Your Passover Seder

In this spirit of Passover, ADL — an organization founded by immigrants and children of immigrants, and dedicated to protecting the interests of religious and ethnic minorities — organized Nation of Immigrant Seders bringing together community members, families, and leaders from all corners of the world.  We joined together to recommit to our values of liberty and equality and to stand with immigrants and refugees across our country who face fear and bigotry every day.

AWJS: Social Justice Haggadah and Passover Resources
This year, put social justice on your Seder table. Use the AJWS Global Justice Haggadah to spark meaningful conversations at your Seder — and connect our shared story of liberation with people fighting for freedom around the world today.

HIAS: Passover 2019: In Every Generation See Yourself As Though You Left Egypt
Explore the connections between the ancient Passover story and today's refugees The new HIAS Haggadah offers a deeper exploration of the global refugee crisis. It can be used as a whole or each part can be used as a stand-alone addition to a family or communal Seder. The Haggadah contains material written between 2016 and 2018, as well as new material and illustrations for Passover 2019.

JUFJ: Immigrant Rights, Immigrant Roots
This immigration-themed Haggadah from 2012 was made in collaboration with a long list of D.C.-area labor groups, who worked together to create a retelling of the Exodus story that is particularly relevant to the struggles of working people, and immigrants in America. It's probably the only Haggadah you will find with an incredibly detailed, full-page flowchart illustrating the complexities of legal immigration (page 11) or a detailed explanation of the Department of Homeland Security's "Secure Communities" program (pages 17 to 18). Despite being a few years old, this Haggadah feels especially apt for Passover 5777. Their version of the Ten Plagues, as they apply to immigration (pages 20 to 22) is especially powerful.

Also see:

LAist: Ten Of The Best Social Justice Haggadah Supplements For Your Seder Table

VOANews: New York Mosque Hosts Passover Celebrations


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100:09. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?

100:10. What is freedom of religion?

100:51. What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

100:55. What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?

100:58. What is one reason colonists came to America?

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100:84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?

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