The Freedom Seder

The students in the middle school and I created a haggadah for our Freedom Seder. The Freedom Seder followed the paradigm of the first Freedom Seder on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. We used a traditional Jewish seder to learn both Jewish and African American history, combining the struggles of slavery and oppression in our shared history.

Each class prepared different parts of the seder and the haggadah. Most impressive were the seder plates and matzah covers. The seder plate was breathtakingly beautiful in its symbolism.

In fact, I had one of these seder plates on my seder table this year. Our guests were very impressed by the thought that went into them. Some of our students spent a few periods in the art room discussing and perfecting the plates themselves.

On the day of the seder, as each student arrived, Helen handed them an index card about a victim of oppression to think about during the seder. We each focused on ours before the ceremony began.

Rabbi Amanda Brodie



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