Worrying About Israel + More Passover Options

Let me begin by addressing that very land to which Moses took us: Israel.

Throughout the USA Jews have been angered, distressed and horrified by the actions of the new rightwing government. One after another synagogues have been gathering members to discuss the situation and what American Jews can do to retain Israel’s democracy. I listened to an excellent teaching by Fred Rosenbaum (offered through One Tent out of the Contra Costa JCC). I feel better informed. I worry that Israel will take after America and the MAGA movement. I feel clearer about what I personally can do. Have a look yourself if you like. Here’s the link.

Our local Jewish newspaper, the J-Weekly has covered a number of stories about the protests of American Jews and Israelis against the right wing government in Israel.

I enjoyed this speech by an American rabbi, Rabbi Sharon Brous of Ikar on a trip to Israel, stating that we American Jews stand with our Israeli brothers and sisters in their struggle to hold onto their democracy.

Having lived through four years of Trump and MAGA I am praying for both Israel and America. I believe in Democracy – with all the checks and balances.



Need a FAST/SHORT Seder?
Here are some ideas.

New this year is A ten minute Seder from the Jewish Grandparents Network. You’ll see that it was created on the website, Haggadot.com, where you too can make your own Haggadah!

Sharing Traditions
Five years ago you told me about foods you share between Passover and Easter traditions.  Got something new to add? Just email me at dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org.

Afikomen Hunt Fun!
Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? So if you want to alter the idea of an Easter Egg Hunt into an Afikomen Hunt, try this!

National Asian Jewish Organization’s Seders
I’m so proud to watch some of the brilliant young Asian Jews I know develop a NATIONAL Asian Jewish organization. This year they have some Passover events where Asian Jews will gather.

My friends at Jewish Gateways created this very handy list of Passover Resources.

Check out Passover Events for Kids and Families from the J-Weekly.

And finally, a warm memory of the Jews of Iran.
A Persian Passover
JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) is thrilled to host a reading of A Persian Passover with author Etan Basseri. We look forward to learning more about this important children’s book and discussing the lives of Jews in Iran through the story of Roza and Ezra. A Persian Passover provides a glimpse into the beautiful ways that Persian Jews celebrated Passover in Iran during the 1950s. Illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh and published by Kalaniot Books, it was included in PJ Library’s selection of books for ages 6-7 years old.

Date:   April 4
Time:   12noon
Place:   Online
Free, register here