At Pesach, we retell a story of oppression and rejoice in the beauty of freedom. The Jews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt is something we remember during the seven days of Passover, and our intention every day should be to part the water for others seeking refuge from oppression.
ADL is partnering on a new initiative this Pesach, 2 for Seder, which builds a bridge of hope and creates understanding and unity across differences. It was created as a memorial for Joyce Fienberg, one of the 11 murdered in the Tree of Life synagogue, and encourages Jewish homes to open their seders to other communities.
It is a simple grassroots activity aimed at fighting anti-Semitism by building bridges to neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances. By expanding the Jewish tradition of discussion and learning, you create the opportunity to form lasting connections and foster understanding and awareness. And the most beautiful part: anyone can easily participate. You can read more at www.2forseder.org
Migration is central throughout Jewish history and seeing our current struggles to protect and welcome refugees and migrants of all kinds begs us to remember: once we were strangers, too. By uniting across differences and learning about others’ oppression, we aim to close that gap of misunderstanding. We stand with immigrants and will continue to build the bridges in communities in hope for a better tomorrow.
Allison Padilla-Goodman is director of the Southeast region of the Anti-Defamation League.