The memorial built around the Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018 for the 11 Jews who were murdered for praying as Jews.
What is 2 for Seder?
2 for Seder asks any Jew who is holding a Seder to invite 2 people of a different faith to join for their first Seder. In this way, each individual takes a small, powerful step to fight back against the hate (and indifference) that causes antisemitism.
Hate crimes are rising across America. According to the FBI, more than half of the religion-based hate crimes are directed against Jews and Jewish institution. When Joyce Fienberg, mother-in-law of our founder, was murdered for praying as a Jew at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA on October 27, 2018, this hate came to our doorstep.
This act of hate was answered with love and support from Americans and Canadians from all walks of life and faiths. We had many discussions with our new friends about how violence was unacceptable against ANYONE and we need to act in this moment of solidarity to build bridges to last through future challenges.
We’re Not Helpless
In the face of ongoing antisemitism, you may feel helpless, like there’s nothing an individual can do. 2 for Seder was created to support everyone who wants to make a direct, personal impact and stave off antisemitism in their corner of the world.
2 for Seder Addresses Ignorance at the Grassroots Level
How can we fight as individuals anti-Semitism? Many programs today are focused on the tracking, education and suppression of hateful speech and acts. 2 for Seder complements these programs with a wide, grassroots effort focused on addressing apathy with authentic Jewish experiences.
Interfaith experiences, as shown by the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), directly impact these attitudes. Direct, positive participation in any new religious experience, impacts the individual in a profound manner. The new experience creates/deepens relationships and builds direct, firsthand knowledge. In turn, this improves attitudes, not only toward the individual but the entire religion. IFYC reports this impact is generally seen as an attitude improvement of 20-30%. That’s for a single experience. Now picture this repeated across the United States and Canada for more than 50,000 individuals each year.
Providing just one authentic, Jewish experience each year at Passover builds a strong foundation.
This is the impact you and I can have – fighting hate with love (and matzah).
In her book “Antisemitism” Deborah Lipstadt conducts a discussion with a professor who is not Jewish. “We [Jews] cherish people like you who have stood by our side not out of pity or guilt, but because hatred in all its forms is something you cannot abide and because you recognize antisemitism is a threat to the well-being of any just and democratic society.”