Labor Seder & Social Justice Seder
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 in DC and the Social Justice Seder in Baltimore give our community an opportunity to take action.
Save the date for the 2019/5779 Labor Seder and Social Justice Seder: March 31, 2019.
The 2018 Labor Seder, Let My People Vote, was a collaboration with the Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund. We mobilized our community’s power and passion to re-tell the Exodus story and to elect bold, accountable leaders to office in DC and in Montgomery County.
At 2018’s 5th annual Social Justice Seder, “Shelter of Peace: A Seder on Migrant Justice,” we asked how immigration policy reflects our society’s values, what the Exodus can teach us about today’s migrants’ journeys, and how we, as a Baltimore Jewish community, will respond.
Information about all Seders prior to 2018 is gradually being restored to our new (as of 2018) website. If you have any questions about these Seders before the materials are available, please contact Sam Baltimore (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 2017 DC Labor Seder, Out of Mitzrayim, Into the Streets, was a training session to help prepare us for resisting the Trump agenda by responding to public instances of hate and harassment; holding elected officials accountable; leveraging fiscal policy to advance racial and economic justice; and standing with immigrants and refugees.
At 2017’s 4th Annual Social Justice Seder, “Coming Through A Narrow Place: Seeking Police Accountability in Baltimore,” we delved into the complexities of policing and police accountability in Baltimore.
The 2016 DC Labor Seder focused on good jobs, and the policies we need to ensure that every hardworking person has access to one.
At 2016’s 3rd Annual Baltimore Social Justice Seder, “Let My People Go … Home!”, we learned about the terrible housing conditions that struggling Baltimore renters face, and the frequent injustices of Rent Court, the legal system which is meant to protect Baltimore City’s tenants.
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 2015 2nd Annual Baltimore Social Justice Seder, Environmental Justice and the Curtis Bay Incinerator, focused on a toxic deal to build an incinerator in a low-income, already polluted Baltimore neighborhood.
- Download the 2015/5775 Social Justice Haggadah here.
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 2013 Labor Seder, Let 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 2012 Labor Seder, Immigrant Roots, Immigrant Rights, highlighted our region’s diverse immigrant communities and weaved the Passover freedom story with the struggles of local immigrants.
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 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 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.