ADL’s “A Nation of Immigrants” Community Seder

ADL’s “A Nation of Immigrants” Community Seder


We’re at the University of Massachusetts celebrating the 11th annual ADL “Nation of Immigrants” Seder. So many years ago we never realized just how important this meal would become, how symbolic. We are a nation of immigrants. This ADL seder is an ultimate way of sharing this part of our tradition with those who understand its message in this moment as viscerally as anyone. The doctor saw my parents and he saw that they didn’t speak English and he saw that they didn’t have money, and he saw that they didn’t have papers. And he said, go back home. The DACA program is currently being threatened and might go away at some point making it difficult for me to finish schooling. I want to be the kind of doctor that will see anyone and everyone in her office. This is an event that brings together over 400 people from across the community from different faiths, from different backgrounds from different countries, to celebrate the message of passover which is the journey to freedom. It’s very important for people like me and other people who aren’t in our shoes to realize that change happens when you all come together. To have people from every corner of the Earth sitting right across from you, if you’ve never met somebody from Ghana or Uganda or Pakistan, or never met a Muslim like my self, or a Sikh, or even an Athiest, whatever questions you have they’re sitting right there, go ahead and ask them. Jewish people know more than anyone the dangerous outcomes when people turn their backs on people in trouble. There are people living with the fear that my ancestors felt when they were on the road, afraid being chased the purpose of having this story told is so that we leave that seder with the recognition that we have to fix this world and we have to fix this condition that is oppressing so many people.

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