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 one of our founders, 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 and it was time to take action.
2 for Seder was created to help all those who feel helpless in the face of hate and want to make a direct, personal impact.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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 with a wide, grassroots effort focused on a positive Jewish experience.
To truly change hearts and minds, we must build trust between individuals – this is the focus for 2 for Seder.
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. Want to do more? Our weekly Action Tips provide you with suggestions throughout the year.
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.”