2019 Liberation Seder held in Friends House, Toronto
When: Saturday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto
Price: $25 (more if you can, less if you can't).
Please note: Grape juice (fruit of the vine) will be included for the ritual part of the Seder. Friends House is an alcohol free facility.
All three Seders will have the reading of the Haggadah followed by a vegetarian Middle Eastern dinner.
We suggest you have a late lunch or a pre-seder snack as the main course will not begin until about 8:30.
We are also delighted to offer childcare once again at this year Seder. Please contact us in advance if you plan on bring a child that requires this service.
About this Year's Seder
Our Guest Speaker
We are pleased to annouce that the Jewish Liberation Theology Institute's very own Rabbi Lucia Pizarro is back to lead this year's Seder in Toronto.
About Rabbi Lucia Pizarro
Lucia was born in Mexico City, where she became qualified to practice law. She completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Essex in the UK. She followed her academic passion for Jewish thought with four years working for social justice in Palestine. She recently became a mother and a Rabbi.
Definitions of "Passover" and "Liberation Seder"
We offer the following definitions of "Passover" and "liberation seder": At Passover ("Pesach" in Hebrew), Jewish families celebrate with a ritual family dinner at which the story of the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from oppression in the land of Egypt ("Mitzrayim"), is recited. Seder means "order"—the order of the meal and ritual of Pesach that Jews all over the world have participated in for centuries. It is customary among Jews to invite guests, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to join their Passover celebration.
Our Liberation Seder draws on the legacy of Rabbi Akiva who used the Pesach Seder to plan a revolutionary struggle against the Romans, and of the many Jews in every generation who have used the Seder for political purposes, including the Partisans of the Warsaw Ghetto who began their revolt on the first night of Pesach, not only because the tactical need of the moment, but also because their understanding of the meaning of the Passover story.
As Jews committed to current liberation struggles, we enact this ritual to honour our history of resilience and participation in diverse movements for human emancipation across time. The ritual of the Seder gives us an opportunity to contend not only with legacies of oppression but also with current suffering that we survive, that we perpetrate and in which we are complicit.
Our Seder is dedicated to a free Palestine and the liberation of all peoples.