Turn the Tables, a campaign of Repair the World, believes in raising complex issues that challenge our vision of a just society. For this campaign, we’re focused on gentrification – the ways that economic, demographic and social changes affect residents of our neighborhoods. Through structured dialogue and meaningful action, we believe that we can come together to build more resilient and inclusive communities.
Meanwhile, Passover is a uniquely opportune time for us to ask ourselves tough questions and offer multiple, even contradictory, perspectives. The seder, the traditional Passover ritual meal, begins with the youngest child asking four questions about how this night is different from all other nights. This charge extends beyond the ritual to actually ask each of us to reflect on our lives and to be awakened to what’s unfolding in our communities — how is this year different from all other years? How are these changes impacting our neighbors?
This Passover, we invite you to get involved in asking these vital questions and think critically about our communal and individual journeys. Here’s how:
Host a Dinner
Passover has always been a time for asking questions, old and new. And the dinner table, surrounded by family and friends, is the ideal place to ask them. This year, sign up with Turn the Tables to invite your nearest and dearest to join you for a meal and a conversation about what it means to live in a changing community. (Once you sign up, we’ll provide you with lots of great materials to get the conversation flowing!) If you’re already hosting a seder, great! If not, pick another night and bring the spirit of question-asking into the rest of the month.
Help ensure that our communities are inclusive for everyone as they transform. Turn the Tables will be initiating weekly challenges to help you build community in the streets of your neighborhood. Help us ignite the embers of commitment in our communities to continue sustained work of being better neighbors. Sign up to get more information on how to get involved.
You can also take our survey, which aims to get at the roots and nuances of gentrification.