What is a Seder? A Seder is a ceremonial dinner that commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Traditionally, families and friends gather in the evening to read from the Haggadah, a narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, to say special blessings, perform rituals, and sing Passover songs. The Seder obeys a command from Exodus, “You shall tell your child on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.”
What relevance does the Seder have for us? The lack of freedom for some people, the need for greater interfaith understanding, and the social justice work done by VIA and Ohavi Zedek (‘lovers of justice’), inspired Rabbi Joshua Chasan to create a Passover Seder that includes leaders of Protestant, Catholic and Unitarian VIA congregations, refugees, and spiritual leaders of other faith traditions. This Seder celebrates the freedom of all peoples of all faiths.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic form of a Passover Seder that includes both Jewish traditions and the spirituality of other traditions. This is a unique opportunity to learn from one another and to share in the celebration of this “festival of freedom”. This year it will also be a chance to honor and say good-bye to Rabbi Chasan, who is retiring after many years of service to both Ohavi Zedek and VIA.
Please join us on Monday, April 27 at 6PM at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect St.