Passover begins this Friday and Jewish communities around the world will host a Sedar to start the week long holiday. Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), and Religious Action Center (RAC) have created a Haggadah (Sedar derivative text) accompaniment piece to frame this year's Passover around 'climate change and the celebration of our earth,' as it relates to the agricultural celebration of Pesach.
The extensive document offers guidance and ideas for highlighting climate-related issues while remaining faithful to the deep tradition of the holiday. With guidance from Jewish climate leaders such as Rabbi Warren Stone, Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MD, and Joelle Novey, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), among many others, the packet helps illuminate broader meaning while drawing practitioners into a wider discussion about climate change with a slight rethinking of long-held traditions.
Check out Earth Justices' Sedar Haggadah to infuse your family or community Passover with climate advocacy and engagement.
We invite you to use this Haggadah companion to remind ourselves how Jewish tradition teaches us to care for all living things of the earth and all of our neighbors. You are free to use this adapted service either as a companion to your favorite Haggadah or as an independent Haggadah. We chose to focus on the frame of climate change and the celebration of our earth, as it relates to the agricultural celebration of Pesach. We recognize that there are missing pieces like Miriam’s Cup, and other modern adaptations of the Passover seder. We welcome you to add in or substitute any of the pieces included here, and hope that you may make the seder your own.
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