Labor Seder (NW DC)July 25, 2011
The holiday of Passover is a time for reflection on the many struggles we have faced in the past and the relevance of this legacy in our present situation. Each year, the Washington-based organization Jews United for Justice hosts its own seder, the event which recounts the story of the Jewish people’s liberation from bondage. But this is a seder with a twist: it is a Labor Seder.
The Labor Seder highlights a current workers’ rights struggle and brings together the Jewish, progressive, and labor communities in shared commitment to social and economic justice. This year’s seder focused on widespread unemployment in the DC region and on the struggles of working families and low-income residents to find and keep good jobs.
The seder also featured presentations by local workers, activists, and rabbis, and reworked the traditional seder program, or haggadah, to include citizens’ testimony, statistics and facts, and Jewish reflections on employment and jobs. Participants had the opportunity to hear inspiring and courageous stories, dialogue with other concerned citizens, and take immediate action by writing letters to government officials about some of the issues discussed during the evening.