Jewish Journal

Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

by Jeremy Elster

May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the Seder is not simply a night for storytelling. Each year we are prompted to re-experience the liberation from Egypt: to re-taste the bitterness of bondage, to renew our commitment to seek justice in the face of oppression, and to recruit fellow humans who remain bound in the grips of slavery and oppression to join in our march towards freedom.

This year for Passover, Israel Social TV reflects back on the modern day Exodus of roughly 60,000 African asylum seekers that began arriving in Israel in 2007. We take you on a journey through footage of past refugee seders, pro- and anti-refugee protests, expert interviews, and the Holot detention facility. Watch the video below:


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Jeremy Elster is a Southern Californian native and New Israel Fund/SHATIL Social Justice Fellow working as the International Communications Coordinator for Israel Social TV...

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