Passover is the most celebrated Jewish holiday throughout the world, commemorating the Israelites’ exodus from a life of slavery in Egypt to freedom. On the first two nights of Passover, many Jews hold a seder (literally 'order'), consisting of a series of readings and rituals, and we retell the Passover story. The seder is an annual Jewish ritual in which groups of people—families, friends, communities, and even groups of strangers—gather for a time of reflective conversation about freedom.

A Freedom Themed Passover in Israel

Hillel Israel celebrated Passover with the children of migrant workers to highlight the values of freedom and liberty. Israeli students joined with the Kibbutzim Seminary’s student union at a unique event that combined elements of the traditional seder with material relevant to the children’s lives, emphasizing the themes of freedom and liberty. The children shared their families' personal story of the journey to freedom with their Israeli hosts.

"This event cast Passover in contemporary terms, making it relevant to young Israelis and underscoring Hillel Israel's desire to promote Jewish renewal and communal responsibility among our students,” said David Ya’ari, then CEO of Hillel Israel. 

Asking Big Questions:

If you’re hosting your own seder, check out our Passover guide!

Our award-winning Ask Big Questions initiative gives students the opportunity to have conversations about topics that matter to everyone, in order to understand each other, understand ourselves, and make the world a better place. 

With that in mind, we created the “Are we free?” Passover guide to inspire conversation and create understanding among Jewish students – and all seder participants – about the big questions concerning freedom’s meaning, for what they are thankful and for whom they are responsible. The guide can help make the Passover ritual one that will deepen students’ connection to Judaism, our people and our practice. Download it here (PDF).