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.

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2019 Labor Seder and Social Justice Seder! Click below to download either Haggadah (or an older Haggadah) as a PDF to use to plan your seders.

The 2019 Labor Seder, In Every Generation, celebrated 50 years since the first Freedom Seder and 20 years of JUFJ.

The 2019 Social Justice Seder, Common Resource, Common Need: A Seder on Water Justice, explored the fight for water justice in Baltimore and the sacred role of water in Jewish traditions.

Past Seders

Haggadot are available to download for almost all of our seders. If you have a copy of the Haggadah from any of the first three Labor Seders or the first Social Justice Seder, please email sam@jufj.org so we can share them!

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.

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 All of Us are 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.

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.

The 2008 Labor Seder focused on the DC voting rights campaign, and how voting is a Jewish issue and a labor issue.

The 2007 Labor Seder focused on making our celebrations green and just in collaboration with the JUFJ Simcha Project.

The 2006 Labor Seder focused on economic justice and the challenges facing working people today.

The 2005 Labor Seder related the history of Jewish Americans in the Labor movement and how our Jewish values are represented in the struggle for workers’ rights.

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 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.

Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.
Download the 2018 Labor Seder Maggid as a PDF here.

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.

Download the 2018/5778 Social Justice Haggadah as a PDF here.
Download the 2018/5778 Seder Plate as a PDF here.

The 2017 DC Labor SederOut 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.

Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.

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.

  • Download the 2017/5777 Social Justice Haggadah here.
  • See photos from the 2017 Seder here.

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

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.

  • Download the 2016/5776 Social Justice Haggadah here.
  • See photos from the 2016 Seder here.

The 2015 DC Labor SederNone of Us is Free Until We are All Free, focused on racial injustice, in solidarity with the ongoing movement. Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.

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! Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.

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. Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.

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. Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.

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. Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.

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. Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.

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. Download the Haggadah as a PDF here.