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American Jewish Committee Interfaith Seder

American Jewish Committee Interfaith Seder
B'nai Jeshurun Congregation
March 28, 2012

The 9th Annual AJC (American Jewish Committee) inter-faith Diplomatic Seder was held at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation and led by Rabbi Stephen Weiss.

Outiside sculpture at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation

Each spring, when the world of nature renews itself, the Jewish people reflect upon their emergence from slavery and the meaning of freedom. Our ancestors have celebrated the Passover Seder, with its rich ceremonies, folk songs, and colorful symbols for thousands of years. Through our ritual retelling of the story of Egyptian bondage, we are reminded of the continuing battle for freedom in every generation.

In this video, Rabbi Stephen Weiss explains the two reasons why there are 4 cups of wine at a Jewish Seder - and also the reason for the extra 5th cup at the end.

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Passover, the Festival of Freedom is as relevant today as it has ever been. The Seder, which keeps alive in us the love of liberty, has significance for all of humankind. Leaders of Cleveland's mosaic came together to explore our common struggle over issues of tolerance and justice and to celebrate our shared dream of freedom, equality, and peace.

The four questions are chanted and then asked in English.

As always, the diverse crowd took part in reading, dancing, singing and telling personal stories.

Enjoy these images from the AJC Interfaith Seder.

Paramjit and Linda Singh with Rabbi Stephen Weiss

Paramjit and Linda Singh with Rabbi Stephen Weiss


Raj Pillai, Mona Alag and Dr. Vik Stankus

Raj Pillai, Mona Alag and Dr. Vik Stankus


Felton Thomas and Ingrida Bublys

Felton Thomas and Ingrida Bublys


Video of welcome from the AJC Cleveland President




Alan Schonberg

Alan Schonberg


August Pust

August Pust


Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano


Rich Crepage

Rich Crepage


with Blaine Griffin and Stanley Miller

...with Blaine Griffin and Stanley Miller


Yena and Alin Rosca

Yena and Alin Rosca



Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc spoke at the annual Diplomatic Seder. He told how he was asked why, after years of being in a union and finally becoming free, Slovenians wanted to join the EU, another union. He said that this was the first time that we wanted to join.




Group clapping at seder


Guitar player


Larry Miller and Alan Schonberg

Larry Miller and Alan Schonberg


Ingrida Bublys and Dr. Vik Stankus


Dr. Maina Singh recited a few lines from the Indian Prayer for a Future about colonialism.




President Seth P. Briskin welcomed the diverse crowd to the 2012 annual Interfaith Diplomatic Seder.




Gita Gidwani, Mona Alag and Dr. Maina Singh

Gita Gidwani, Mona Alag and Dr. Maina Singh


Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc, Ambassador Heather Hodges, Rich Crepage and Rabbi  Stephen Weiss

Slovenian Consul Jure Zmauc, Ambassador Heather Hodges,
Rich Crepage and Rabbi Stephen Weiss


Lee C. Shapiro

Lee C. Shapiro


Alan Schonberg and Johanna Bajc

Alan Schonberg and Johanna Bajc


Group at Seder


Sculpture at Seder


Flags of US and Israel


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