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. This impacted our Founders personally, when Joyce Fienberg was murdered for praying as a Jew at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.
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.
2 for Seder Addresses Ignorance at the Grassroots Level
How can we fight as individuals anti-Semitism? Many programs today are focused on the 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. Bari Weiss, author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” recommends multiple ways that we build trust through actively cultivating these interfaith-focused relationships. In her book “Antisemitism” Deborah Lippstadt conducts a discussion with a professor who is not Jewish– she deeply values this conversation because “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.” These experts and others point toward grassroots/interpersonal relationships as a critical key to fighting anti-Semitism.