The story of Pesach – and the lessons and values we draw from the story of Exodus – is at the heart of the values that connect many of us to NIF.
With seder on Friday night, here are some resources which you can add to your haggadah to enrich your experience.
Some of these have been developed by our Naomi Chazan Fellows – applications for this year’s program close on 9 April! – as part of their projects in the community. Others are a product of NIF’s partnerships with organisations around the world that support refugees and people seeking asylum.
Social Justice Resources For Your Seder
'Refugee Seder Supplement'
Three long standing partners of NIF in the United States, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, BINA – The Jewish Movement for Social Change, and Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, offers a Jewish discourse on the situation of people seeking asylum in Israel.
The Other Haggadah
Created by our Naomi Chazan Fellows, with editions in 2016 and 2017, this haggadah supplement explores issues like refugees and people seeking asylum, the occupation of the West Bank, people living in Israel's periphery, and Bedouin citizens of Israel.
- A remarkable Haggadah produced during the 50th year of the occupation features original texts by Jewish and Israeli luminaries – including NIF board member Achinoam “Noa” Nini.
- The Seder Plate and Today’s Refugees – prepared by HIAS, this supplement explores the symbols of the Seder plate in the context of the contemporary refugee crisis.
Update on NIF's Emergency Campaign for People Seeking Asylum
Almost two months ago, amid the Israeli government's plans to deport 38,000 people seeking asylum, we launched an emergency campaign to provide funding and relief. We raised $25,000.
Since then, NIF Australia’s funding has put on additional stuff, helped with case management, and represented people seeking asylum in front of deportation hearings.
Thank you if you have already contributed. If you’re looking for a way to support Israel over the Pesach holiday, there’s no more relevant cause than people who have walked out of Africa seeking safety.
Join Our Naomi Chazan Fellowship
Applications for NIF’s unique fellowship close on 9 April. The program – for engaged leaders in their 20s and 30s who want to be part of innovative conversations about Israel in the Jewish community – includes a 10-day trip to Israel with American, British and Canadian participants, personal and professional development sessions, and more.
It’s a great way to learn about NIF’s important work on the ground and help bring conversations about justice, democracy and equality to the community.
NIF Event with Stand Up, Habo and Netzer
Last week young adults joined us to learn more about the refugee situation in Israel and Australia. Our Naomi Chazan Fellow Graham Kaplan spoke about the work of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and the government’s current efforts to deport people seeking asylum. We also heard the harrowing story of a Sudanese refugee’s journey to Australia via Manus Island, plus a chance to hear about visiting detainees at Villawood Detention Centre.
Wishing you a chag sameach v'kasher.