As the sun sets Wednesday evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Passover. Every year as we begin the Seder, we are commanded to retell the story of the exodus from Egypt as if we were enslaved. Retelling the story reminds us that while we may be free, many are still enslaved, living in chaotic and debilitating conditions: eager for a life of safety and opportunity. The themes of spiritual and physical redemption, social justice, and freedom permeate the Haggadah reminding us that we have an obligation to welcome the stranger, be compassionate, and try to improve the world. There are many ways to do so. The mission of JCARR is to help resettle refugee families - one family at a time. In eight years, we’ve assisted eight families.
As the Seder concludes, we sing Next year in Jerusalem. There are many explanations for including this expression of Jews' yearning and hopes, and it can be seen as an expression of the universal desire for a place to call home, a place of safety and belonging.
Jean Silk, JCARR’S External Coordinator, notes, “According to the World Bank, globally, more than 100 million forcibly displaced people, including refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers, have fled their homes to escape violence, conflict, and persecution." There is more work to be done.
May we all enjoy a sweet Passover and find ways to ensure a better future.
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