Josh Ruxin is the director of Rwanda Works and a Columbia University expert on public health who has spent the last few years living in Rwanda. The following is an account of a Seder he recently celebrated in Kigali.
Seder in Kigali, Rwanda. Josh Ruxin Seder in Kigali, Rwanda.
Passover preparations are underway here in Kigali, where it seems a disproportionate number of the social entrepreneurs and development workers are Jewish. For the fifth year in a row, we’ll be sharing this holiday with our friends in Rwanda. We’ve mastered the art of home-baked matzo, printed up internet-available Haggadahs, and gotten over our longing for sweet kosher wine on the table. Unlike Ethiopia, and many other countries in Africa, there is no synagogue here and the community is fragmented. But the spirit of Passover is particularly strong. The holiday takes place just a few days from the start of the national commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.