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Passover Seder | Freedom from Human Trafficking

  • San Francisco, CA United States (map)


The story of Passover is one of people coming together to rise up against forces of discrimination, oppression and fear. It is a story that repeats itself throughout history as we see communities challenged by so many forms of modern day slavery unite to emancipate themselves and future generations from the bonds that tie them down.

During this Shalon, we will focus on Human Trafficking, one of the most prevalent forms of modern day slavery that hides in plain sight.

As we navigate a version of the traditional Passover Seder, we will explore what it means to be enslaved, how we can work to free ourselves and others and how we can use the customs that tie us together to strengthen our communities as we move into the future.

Surrounded by friends and family, Jews and non Jews, we will celebrate Passover with mouth watering food, rituals that have been passed down over centuries, eye opening conversation and plenty of wine (we’re obligated during Passover to drink at least 4 cups!)

The Seder and moderated discussion will be led by the host and facilitated by experts who will share insight to ensure we all walk away feeling educated and empowered.

Great impact starts with a single step, but we cannot do it alone. At Shalon, we gather over an incredible meal in a welcoming and safe space to understand the issues that impact our world and educate each other on how we can start the journey towards change.


Antonia Levine

Coordinator of the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT)

Sally Leiber

Former Pro Tem Speaker of the California State Assembly

Jabali Smith

Well Child Foundation Executive Director

Recommended Reading

VOX: Everything you need to know about Passover (a great overview for Jews and Non-Jews)

Haggadah Insert (We were slaves) from Repair the World and Be'Chol Lashon (In Every Tongue)

Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality: Race, Ethnicity, Immigration Research

Inspiration: Haggadah for Racial Justice (#BlackLivesMatter)

Social Justice Definitions from The National Conference for Community and Justice

The CNN Freedom Project

The Guardian: Modern Day Slavery Focus



Nicole Ruiz Hudson


Ophir Haberer

TJ Michels



* Venue and food are not certified kosher or kosher for Passover. Meal will be KFP style and can be vegetarian or gluten free upon advance request.



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