The 2016 Jewish Social Policy Action Network Haggadah Supplement edited by Steven Sussman and Kenneth Myers is entitled “The Immigration Crisis: A Pesach Seder Reflection for 2016” and focuses on immigrants and refugees. Their plight calls to us at this season of the Jewish year when we remember that we were exiled from our homeland and enslaved in Egypt for four hundred years, and then stateless nomads for forty years in the wilderness of Sinai, at the mercy of the elements, often losing faith as danger surrounded us.
At your Seder, consider the crisis in Europe and what we can do to relieve the suffering of refugees.
The supplement is now available for download.
The Jewish Social Policy Action Network develops issue oriented material you can use to enrich your annual seder. Supplements to the traditional Haggadah relate the biblical story of the Exodus to current events and issues.
- The 2014 Haggadah Supplement entitled A Passage to Equality addresses Passover as a passage from slavery to equality, and seeks to provide additional relevance to the story with modern prayers and readings. Though the goal of absolute equality may be impossible to realize, we learn from Yachatz that is it incumbent upon us to strive for equality.
- The 2013 Haggadah Supplement is entitled Welcoming the Stranger to the Land. We were immigrants in Egypt. And we have been immigrants many times since then, until we achieved citizenship on American soil. The Seder is a time to reflect on our experience and the plight of others who have not yet achieved their freedoms here.
- The Freedom Haggdah 2012 (updated) celebrates emerging freedom movements around the world with poems, texts and prayers. Editors Stephen C. Sussman Esq. and Kenneth R. Myers Esq. have drawn from far-ranging sources, from Lord Byron to Tibetan activists. The readings include suggestions keying them into the traditional Seder service.
- In 2011 the JSPAN Supplement, This is the bread of poverty, brought the focus to hunger here and around the world. The 2012 “Freedom Seder” takes up the human longing for freedom that is spreading around the globe, and concludes with four resolutions that we as American Jews can meaningfully adopt.
- In 2010 JSPAN released its first Supplement, entitled We were strangers, on the theme of immigration in history and in the United States.