The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington are collaborating to encourage families, congregations and communities to hold Interfaith Welcoming Passover Seders this Passover season.


The Interfaith Welcoming Passover Seder will:

• Build relationships between Christians, Jews, Muslims and immigrants in our midst;
• Affirm that Virginia is a place that welcomes all;
• Challenge messages and acts of hate that have made Jews, Muslims and immigrants feel frightened
or unwelcome;
• Lift up the Passover themes of justice and migration.


Any person, congregation or community can plan an Interfaith Welcoming Passover Seder.  The Virginia Interfaith Center is offering a sample service compiled by Rabbi Bruce Aft, Congregation Adat Reyim of Springfield, Darcy Hirsh and Rabbi Batya Steinlauf of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, and the Rev. Charles Swadley, a retired United Methodist pastor in Williamsburg, with excerpts from the HIAS Haggadah Supplement 2017 and AJC Festival of Freedom Supplement. Please feel free to take this and adapt it as you see fit.


You can download the pdf file here: Interfaith_Seder1