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Celebrating Passover in Prison and the Halls of Power

Seder Table
April 2, 2012

Jewish tradition is about liberation and love for humankind. We believe in the dignity and inherent right of all people to live in a just, fair and compassionate society. As Jews immigrated to America, this belief was stowed in their luggage.

Throughout American history, courageous Jews have worked with others to hold the nation to its promise, whether in the abolitionist movement, the anti-sweatshop movement, the movement against child labor, the modern labor movement, the civil rights movement or the movement for LGBT inclusion (just to name a few). Bend the Arc is proud to continue living this legacy, using Jewish history, teachings and tradition to support us in working to create the society we want to live in – one where basic fairness and the common good underpin social and economic policy.

Yesterday, our Jeremiah Fellows traveled to a prison in Chino, California to join incarcerated women in celebrating the world’s oldest liberation story at an early Passover Seder.

On Wednesday we will bring an American Jewish social justice agenda to the White House, holding conversations with key members of the Administration on some of the most pressing issues we face as a nation – the continuing foreclosure crisis, job creation, and social and economic inequality. That evening we will hold a Passover Seder with Valerie Jarrett, Tom Vilsack and other members of the Administration, highlighting the Jewish tradition of pursuing social justice for all people. 

This is right where American Jews belong – supporting the most vulnerable and counseling the most powerful. And this is right where you’ll find us working in the months and years ahead.

Happy Passover from all of us at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice!