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Women's League Seaboard Region Education Day

Sunday, March 20, 2022 17 Adar II 5782

1:00 PM - 4:00 PMZoom
Free as a benefit of your Sisterhood/WL Membership, but registration is required.

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Explore New Ways to Enhance and Enrich Your Passover Seder Experience!

Through the 2 for Seder program, explore the possibility of pushing back against antisemitism with Love and Matzah by hosting interfaith guests at your seder. By giving someone a positive Passover experience at your home, you can create a rewarding and memorable celebration.

Learn how to incorporate environmental sustainability into your seder. Hear the story of our freedom via an ecological dimension: our well-being and our freedom depend on the earth's well-being. Per the Haggadah, The Promise of the Land: "Land or earth is the most precious blessing a people can receive - it is the source of sustenance: It is the promise of life, the promise of freedom."

 

Seaboard Region Education Day will feature our keynote speakers, as well as information packets about more ways to enhance your seder through art, social action, food, and rituals that recognize the power of women.

Marnie Fienberg will discuss the 2 for Seder program. Marnie is the daughter-in-law of Joyce Fienberg, one of the 11 murdered at the Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018. She leads the 2 for Seder program. She is a former federal government contractor with more than 20 years' experience with strategic communications, planning, strategy, and culture change. Her past clients include the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In reaction to the Pittsburgh Shooting, she has switched careers to focus on social action – fighting hate and antisemitism at the grass-roots level. Marnie is focusing on continuing this effort as well as other projects to empower and encourage all groups to take a direct and positive stance against hate. Whether you are a potential host or guest, participating in 2 for Seder is one of the most powerful things (on a small scale) you can do to fight hate and build understanding across cultures.

Rabbi Ellen Bernstein is an eco-theologian, spiritual leader, writer and creative director. She founded Shomrei Adamah (Keepers of the Earth), the first national Jewish environmental organization in 1988. Her books include Let the Earth Teach You Torah, Ecology and the Jewish Spirit, and The Splendor of Creation. Ellen also created the first ecologically centered Tu B’Shevat (Jewish New Year of the Trees) seder in 1988 and popularized Tu B’Shevat as a community-wide inter-spiritual ecological arts celebration for all peoples. Her most recent book, The Promise of the Land, A Passover Haggadah is the first comprehensive, ecological Haggadah (guidebook) for Passover (Behrman House, 2020). Ellen continues to write and teach on the ecology of the Hebrew Bible and serves on the advisory board of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. Rabbi Bernstein will feature highlights from her Haggadah to emphasize the meaning and centrality of the land/the earth. Her Haggadah reclaims ecological ideas from the Torah that were left on the cutting room floor thousands of years ago. It is suggested and helpful to order her Haggadah (available here) in advance. We hope that you will find Rabbi Bernstein's Haggadah resourceful; if you enjoy it, please leave a positive review on Amazon.

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