Mar-25 Sydney: NIF, Stand Up and Youth Movements Prepare for Pesach

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In preparation for Pesach, the New Israel Fund Australia, Stand Up and a number of the Zionist youth movements are co-hosting an evening about refugees and people seeking asylum.

The event for young adults is on Sunday 25 March from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Habo House.

The program will include an opportunity to hear from a refugee from Sierra Leone, discussions about issues facing refugees in Australia and around the world, the Israeli government’s ongoing plans to deport the 38,000 people seeking asylum there, plus a special focus on child/youth refugees.

George Schneider, Sydney Director of Stand Up, explained: “‘You shall not wrong a stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt’ is key to the Pesach story, and has become a central component of many Jews’ social justice identities. This evening is an opportunity to explore what this means in today’s world in light of the current refugee situation.”

“Seder night is the story of our people’s journey fleeing persecution and tyranny to pursue freedom in a promised land,” said New Israel Fund Australia Executive Director Liam Getreu.

“Today, 38,000 Africans seeking asylum in Israel, many of whom travelled the same journey by foot the Israelites did in the Exodus story, are facing deportation back to danger. This issue deeply resonates with Jews around the world, and particularly so in Australia, given the history many Jewish families here have as refugees.To make our seders more meaningful and relevant this year we wanted to better understand what these people are experiencing,” said Getreu.

“The evening is not just about learning about refugees and those seeking asylum but also an opportunity to take action about the situation, whether in Israel, Australia or abroad,” said Reuben Challis, treasurer for the Habonim Dror youth movement.

“It is a great opportunity to co-host this event with Stand Up and NIF who are both actively involved in advocacy and assistance in helping refugees and people seeking asylum,” added Challis.

For many years now, Jews around the world have sought to include reference to contemporary events in their Pesach seder. This program will help young adults in the community develop materials to bring to their own seder with friends and family.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to RSVP on Facebook for catering purposes. There is no charge.

RSVP Link: http://nif.li/rfgsyd
——– For more information about this event please contact NIF Program Manager, Sharon Berger at

sharon@nif.org.au or 0438 262120.

 

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