On Friday night, the Jewish community will begin celebrating the holiday of Passover. Passover is a celebration of the ancient journey of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom. At this festive meal, Jewish communities re-tell the story of the Exodus and imagine what it was like to live as a slave, never knowing when liberation might come.
Unfortunately, more than 3,000 years after the Jewish Exodus from Egypt and 150 years after the American Civil War, slavery continues. Approximately 27 million people around the world are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, with tens of thousands here in the United States.
Maimonides, a famous Jewish sage was born on Passover eve in Cordoba, Spain in the 12th century. In his Mishnah Torah, he wrote… “even if there is no child present…even if there is no matzoh…even if there is no wine…it is commanded that you talk about freedom from slavery…this is the central theme of Passover.”
To support our Jewish constituents, we have partnered with Rabbis for Human Rights to develop a Seder activity, based on our online lifestyle survey. The resource (available to download for free) includes instructions, activity cards, four questions of modern slavery, and action steps to take to work towards a world free of slavery.
Download the free resource for your Passover here.