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Freedom Seder Revisited

Kosher dinner included.





Freedom Seder 2017 2

5th Annual Freedom Seder Revisited
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Doors open at 5:45 pm

[The live webcast has concluded. Thanks to all who tuned in!]

What does freedom mean to you? Inspired by the original 1969 Freedom Seder, where hundreds of people of all backgrounds gathered to explore and celebrate freedom in the context of the Civil Rights Movement, this communal event invites you to the Passover table for an evening of commemoration, stories, and a community exploration of freedom in America today.

At this interpretative seder, storytellers will share what freedom means to them through personal stories, reflections, and performance - which they have worked closely with partner organization First Person Arts to develop - in place of the traditional retelling of the Exodus narrative.

This year's stories range from personal experiences in a Japanese internment camp in the US during WWII, to a contemporary border crossing from Mexico, to the intersections of art and activism, and the life journey of a Jewish refugee from the former Soviet Union.  

Storytellers and Performers:
Ahmad Almallah, Poet; Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania
Ruth Naomi Floyd, Vocalist/Composer and Director of Jazz Studies, Cairn University
Hiro Nishikawa, Philadelphia JACL Speakers Bureau; Amateur Historian on WWII camps;  Ph.D. Biochemist retired from GSK; Grandparent
Erika Guadalupe Núñez, Artist, Community Organizer; Board Member of Vamos Juntos
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Leader and Author of the original 1969 Freedom Seder; Founder and Director, The Shalom Center
Henry Yampolsky, Mediator, Collaborative Lawyer, and Conflict Coach

Freedom Seder Ensemble:
Andrew Nelson - Music Director, Bass
Jay Ansill - Violin, Harp
Nero Catalano - Mandolin, Guitar
Liz Filios - Vocals, Accordion

Original music by the Ensemble 

On-screen: Visitors' stories from our It's Your Story recording booths

Emcee:  R.H. Levin, NMAJH Community Relations Liaison     

In partnership with First Person Arts and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Media Sponsor: Al Dia

Community Partners:

Al- Bustan Seeds of Culture
Art Sanctuary
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania
Jews in ALL Hues
Norris Square Neighborhood Project
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Repair the World: Philadelphia
Taller Puertorriqueño
The Shalom Center

With additional thanks to David Wohl and Derek and Jill Jokelson.

About the 1969 Freedom Seder

On the first anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the third night of Passover, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, this ancient Jewish story of liberation was intertwined with a current struggle for liberation for the first time: Black America’s fight for equal rights, at what is now known as the original Freedom Seder. This tradition has continued. Experience a piece of history and help to create the next chapter.

General operating support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Board of Trustees, members, and friends of the National Museum of American Jewish History. This program is also supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Funding for the National Museum of American Jewish History is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Event type: Concerts & Performances, Lectures & Discussions