Last Sunday, I attended “We Are Activists: A Proudly Progressive Seder,” hosted by The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring in New York. I listened to young children sing songs and recite poetry about the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in English and Yiddish, and was moved by Workers’ Rights Champion, Ed Ott’s stirring speech on standing up to the world’s growing inequalities.
The seder was happening the same evening as The Food Justice Seder co-hosted by Uri L’Tzedek, Pursue, and Hazon. (Ah, to be in two places at once!) These events, which were held a week before the actual seders, totally got me in the Passover spirit. With its focus on freedom from slavery, and the idea that each Jew should tell the Passover story as if they personally experienced it, Passover lends itself to constant invigoration and updating.