Labor Seder

Dipping your finger for the ten plagues

Every year, JUFJ engages with our community to retell the story of Passover in the context of local efforts of working people in our communities.  As the story reminds us that it is our duty to side with the oppressed, and not with the Pharaohs in our community, each year the Labor Seder gives our community an opportunity to get involved.

JUFJ also hosts an annual Social Justice Seder in Baltimore. Learn more about that event here.

Explore our past programming:

The 2009 Labor Seder focused on the efforts of day laborers in D.C. to build a workers' center and receive fair pay and working conditions.

The 2010 Labor Seder drew attention to the need for a strong, well funded social safety net, as city and state budgets are cut in ways that disproportionately affect working families and low-income residents.

The 2011 Labor Seder Everyone Deserves a Good Job focused on unemployment in our region and the struggles of working families and low-income residents to find and keep good jobs.

The 2012 Labor SederImmigrant Roots, Immigrant Rights, highlighted our region’s diverse immigrant communities and weaved the Passover freedom story with the struggles of local immigrants. 

The 2013 Labor SederLet My People Go Home Sick, addressed the crucial need for Paid Sick Days for all workers in our city and region. This seder highlighted the fact that no one should have to choose between their health and their job. 

The 2014 Labor Seder, It's Time for the Dough to Rise, focused on the vast income inequality in the U.S. and the need to raise the minimum wage!

The 2015 DC Labor Seder, None of Us is Free Until We are All Free, focused on racial injustice, in solidarity with the ongoing movement.

The 2016 DC Labor Seder focused on good jobs, and the policies we need to ensure that every hardworking person has access to one.

The 2017 DC Labor Seder was a training session to help prepare us for resisting the Trump agenda by responding to public instances of hate and harrassment; holding elected officials accountable; leveraging fiscal policy to advance racial and economic justice; and standing with immigrants and refugees.