The Anti-Defamation League brought together two faith communities, Catholic and Jewish, to learn about and celebrate the universal values and themes in the story of Passover.
High school students from San Diego Jewish Academy and Cathedral Catholic High School came together on March 24 to celebrate Passover Seder. About 65 students participated in the program and learned the rituals of Passover, ate traditional foods and sang songs at a traditional Passover Seder.
Both Catholics and Jews observe the rituals of freedom, and Catholics have long been fascinated with the Jewish celebration of Passover for its significance and symbolism.
The students were divided into two groups a month before the Seder; each group was made up of Catholic and Jewish students and received a section of the Hagada, the text of the Passover Seder, to read during the service.
The program included participation in and explanations of a traditional Passover service, with foods that represent the trails of the Israelite people as they struggled to achieve freedom from slavery in Egypt. Students had the opportunity to sit and socialize with their group during the Seder.
Educators from both schools prepared students by teaching them the meaning of the story of Exodus in both faiths and how it can bring about greater understanding between the two communities.
- Amber Hoffman