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In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Eliyahu Ha Navi,
Eliyahu Ha Tishbi,
Eliyahu Ha Giladi.
Bimhera yavo elenu,
Im Mashiach ben David. (2x)
(Translation: Elijah the Prophet, Elijah the Tishbite, Elijah the Giladite, May he soon come to us, with Mashiach the son of David.)
Youth gain a greater understanding of Passover and celebrate Jewish heritage with other people of faith.
As Unitarian Universalists, we celebrate the diversity of faiths in our world. One way of doing this is to celebrate holidays with people of other faiths. Most communities have synagogues or Jewish organizations that invite non-Jews to Passover seder. Jewish members of your congregation might celebrate Passover with a seder. As a group, prepare for and attend a seder at Passover.
One way to prepare would be to invite a Jewish member of the congregation to speak to the group about the meaning of Passover. Your minister might speak to the group. You could also download information from the websites above.
Before the seder, obtain a copy of the haggadah (the text that sets out the order for the seder) used. Review the parts of the haggadah. What meaning does it hold for them? More generally, what meanings from Passover do they see reflected in our Unitarian Universalist faith?
Ask youth how they think the haggadah and the seder might hold different meanings for Jews and non-Jews. Invite any youth who identify as Jewish to reflect on the different meaning they might draw from the Passover rituals, as Unitarian Universalists who are also Jewish.
Share with the group that it is controversial that some UU congregations hold seders. Do they feel this is cultural misappropriation? What if UUs of Jewish heritage lead the Seder? Does that change things?
Determine the accessibility of the seder location. Make arrangements so everyone in the group will be able to participate fully.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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