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Rev. Channing Phillips, Arthur Waskow, Topper Carew - April 4, 1969, original Freedom Seder; photo courtesy of Arthur Waskow

Freedom Seder Revisited - SOLD OUT!

Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 6:30 pm

$15/$10 Members

Dinner (kosher for Passover) and special exhibition* access to follow. Advanced registration strongly encouraged!


Presented with Operation Understanding

What does freedom mean to YOU?  Join us for an evening of commemoration, stories, and a community celebration of freedom, inspired by the original 1969 Freedom Seder. 

Hear stories from community leaders and share your own.  Featured speakers include:
  • David Acosta, Writer, Poet, Activist, and Cultural Worker
  • Deborah Block, Co-Artistic Director, Theatre Exile
  • Rev. Alfred T. Day, III, Pastor, Historic St. Georges United Methodist Church
  • Hon. David Oh, Councilman At-Large, Minority Whip, City Council of Philadelphia
  • Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, Ph.D., 52nd Pastor, Mother Bethel AME Church
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Founder and Director, The Shalom Center; Leader and Author of the original 1969 Freedom Seder 
About the Freedom Seder:

April 4, 1969 was the first anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr It was also the third night of Passover, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of the Exodus in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. At the intersection of these two events in 1969, hundreds of people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds gathered in a church in the heart of Washington, D.C. to celebrate freedom.

For the first time, the ancient Jewish story of liberation was intertwined with a current struggle for liberation: Black America‚Äôs fight for equal rights. This monumental event is now known as the original Freedom Seder. Jews around the world are told they must teach the Passover story to their children, to the next generation. In 1969, leaders interpreted that message in the context of the Civil Rights Movement. They brought together a group of people from all backgrounds to celebrate a common desire and right: freedom. 

....And the tradition continues.  Experience a piece of history and help to create the next chapter.


Community Partners:
AJC ACCESS
Art Sanctuary
Greenfield Intercultural Center
Hillel of the University of Pennsylvania
Jews in All Hues
Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania
POWER Philadelphia
The Shalom Center

This program has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Event type:Lectures & Discussions
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