Submitted by Rabbi Arthur Waskow on
Every year for six years, the National Museum of American Jewish History has in the week or so before Passover held a “Freedom Seder Revisited.”
Last year, the Museum instead co-sponsored with The Shalom Center the “Freedom Seder + 50,” as we celebrated with Rev. William Barber, Rev. Liz Theoharis, Imam Abdul Halim Hassan, Ana Maria Archila, a dozen other transformative speakers, and 400 committed people the 50th anniversary of the very first Freedom Seder, which I wrote in the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death.
This year, once again, the Museum is asking some speakers and hundreds of participants to answer for ourselves the question: “What does freedom mean to me -- this year?”
Every year I was, and again this March 30 I will be, one of those who answered the question. Others in various years have been an undocumented Asian refugee, passionate poets from the Latinx, the African-American, the Palestinian-American communities.
And you haven’t fully savored Passover till you’ve heard Avodim Hayyinu (“Slaves We Were; Now We’re Free!”) being played by a Klezmer band. Please join us!
Register at NMAJH.org/FREEDOMSEDER
Shalom and good yontif! -- Arthur
P.S. Some people may be alarmed at the news that the Museum has invoked Chapter 11 to restructure its debts. Fear not! The Museum and all its projects remain active. Indeed, this news is good reason for more vigorous support, including participation in this most creative and personally, joyfully involving event.