by Max Harkavy
Communications Intern, JCUA
On Wednesday, March 20th, 6-8:30pm, The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs will be hosting a unique and meaningful community Passover Seder. The event is titled “Parsley, Plagues, and Power: JCUA’s Annual Freedom and Justice Seder” (see event details).
This Seder seeks to connect the themes of Passover with the pursuit of justice, addressing community struggles, and engaging Jews with the mission of JCUA.
“A Jewish voice in social justice work is very important,” says Rabbi Ali Abrams, JCUA’s Director of Organizing. Rabbi Abrams will co-lead the Seder with Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann of Mishkan Chicago, a spiritual Jewish community committed to soulful musical prayer and learning.
Through this event, JCUA hopes to reach out to many local, young, Jewish adults about specific advocacy efforts and community organizing in which JCUA is involved. The goal of this event is “for us to create energy around our work, engage large numbers of new people, and bring in new leadership for the Jewish community” remarked Abrams.
The event is also an opportunity to engage JCUA’s community partners. “The Seder highlights our partnerships with other organizations and impact communities. We are excited to build a base in the Jewish community, and this is a great chance for people to come together,” Abrams said.
Rabbi Abrams hopes that many new people, who are unfamiliar with JCUA’s work, will come to the event, where they can find an avenue to express their desire for community involvement. Abrams also added that, “This is a chance for us to let people know of the issues we are working on, such as comprehensive immigration reform.”