Take a minute away from Passover prep to pause on what all this really means and why it may matter:
Last night I got great news from Dina Friedman, Lab/Shul’s superstar volunteer. For the second year in a row, after countless hours, she matched over 40 first night Seder seekers with hosts in our community! Dina shared with me the story of why she took on this labor of love, and I wanted to share it with the rest of you:
“Did I ever tell you why I love doing this Seder matchmaking? In the 70’s when Jews were allowed to leave Russia, HIAS asked for folks to host these new immigrants for Passover. My family did so for a few years when I was just a teenager, and having strangers at our Seder, walking the talk of ‘let all who are hungry eat,’ forever left a lasting impression on me. That’s why I love that Lab/Shul makes sure people have somewhere to be and why I’m so glad to be part of making it happen.”
Thank you Dina for reminding us what these holy days are all about – and thank you to all the generous hosts for opening doors and hearts to others. I look forward to celebrating the second night with many of you at Freedom’s Feast – which, by the way, is now SOLD OUT!
Speaking of open doors and hearts…
THIS FRIDAY! Pre-Passover-Carb-Party Sabbath Queen! We’re thrilled to announce that for the next few months we’re bringing the Queen to the Education Alliance‘s Sirovich Center Nursing Home in the East Village, giving their community of seniors the opportunity to celebrate together with Lab/Shul without leaving their home. RSVP
More in April (and scroll dowe for even more):
+ Shabbat AM + Earth Day 4/22 featuring a brand new Storahtelling Maven performance with Ezra Bookman and Sinking Ship Productions’ master puppeteer Jon Levin
+ Don’t forget to check out our weekly actions!
+ May 1st – Save The Date! Gather with ritualists, rabbis, artists, musicians, poets and peace specialists to mark the complex transition between remembrance and celebration on Israel’s 69th Day of Independence. Presented with New Shul and BeingWith. More info coming soon.
Happy Spring and lots of Pre-Passover Power to you.
– Rabbi Amichai