Passover is a holiday of freedom. In recent years, the KKH community has hosted a Passover Freedom Seder for Asylum Seekers, with a joint meal for the Promised Land. To us, the Jews, Israel is the land where we aspire to be, for asylum seekers it is not. Together we pray for freedom and for achieving our dreams.
There are currently 4000 asylum seekers from Eritrea residing in Jerusalem. Kehilat Kol HaNeshama has been supporting them and advancing their cause for several years now, as part of our commitment to social justice and Tikkun Olam.
This year we continued our tradition to celebrate Pesach - the holiday of freedom – with a "Second Seder" together with the African asylum seekers (postponed till after the holiday to allow them to celebrate Easter in peace).
The goals are to share our Jewish holidays and traditions, to show solidarity and support according to the Jewish value of helping those who are marginalized in our society.
The celebration includes a musical program and a symbolic Haggadah reading for almost 100 people. This is the second year that we celebrate a joint Passover with the asylum seekers, sharing our traditions and learning from each other - about ceremonies, food, music and culture. The Eritrean community has expressed their gratitude for KKH's support and caring.