Connect the Passover story and today's refugees.
Passover invites us to imagine ourselves as though we experienced the Exodus from Egypt as we retell the Passover story - the Jewish people's original refugee story. While we usually perform this sacred ritual around the table with family, friends, and community members, this year is going to be a bit different amidst the reality of the current global health pandemic.
This moment of uncertainty calls us to resist the urge to turn inward and, instead, turn outward and remember the 70 million displaced people around the world who are made that much more volunerable in this moment. Download the HIAS Haggadah below to include a deeper exploration of the global refugee crisis in your Seder this year.
While Seder quite literally means "order" and the Haggadah guides us through the retelling of the Passover story in a particular order, the Seder is meant to be a flexible ritual that allows us to use our imagination. This year - perhaps even more so than years past - consider experimenting with modalities and topics you might not usually include in your Seder. In particular, skim through the HIAS Haggadah and look at sections that include short readings if you are hosting a large virtual gathering that makes interaction difficult (pgs. 1, 6, 8-9, 12-14, 18-9, 22-27).
For more tips on leading a Seder during this time of social distancing, check out this guide containing tips for how to host a virtual Seder.