Judaism is deeply connected to the themes of slavery and freedom. The Torah instructs in Deuteronomy 24:18: “Remember that you were a slave in Egypt and that the Lord your God redeemed you from there. Therefore, I command you to do [justice].” The enslavement of Jews during biblical times—and their exodus—form a central narrative not only for Jewish people but for others who have found hope in the biblical story.
Each year, the Passover Project provides an array of readings, lesson plans, and activities for Passover (see below) while also choosing a specific social action focus for the Jewish community during the Festival of Freedom.
Passover Project Video: Perfect to play at Zoom Seders or Jewish education classes, this five-minute video includes survivors describing modern slavery in their own words. Download here.
Passover Project Campaign Flyer 2022: Join the Jewish community in supporting slavery survivors and amplifying their voices. Protect the vulnerable, keep people free, and provide dignity and resources, “for you know the soul of a stranger, having been strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9). DONATE HERE to help.
Passover Prep Flyer: What can Jews do in 10 hours, 10 minutes, or even 10 seconds to remember and help enslaved people this Passover? This one-page handout has suggestions for action. It outlines the root causes of slavery and solutions developed by Free the Slaves.
Passover Coupons: These “coupons” can be printed and distributed at your Seder to inspire conversation and tzedakah (charity) during—and beyond—the holiday.
Seder Starters: A compilation of readings and activities at-the-ready for your Seder.
About the Passover Project
The Free the Slaves Passover Project is a campaign to enlist Jewish schools, congregations, and communities into a network mobilized against human trafficking. The goal is to inspire Jews to join the battle against modern slavery throughout the year. The Passover Project has four key objectives:
- Making education about modern slavery a part of congregational life
- Mobilizing Jewish communities to take strong advocacy stands against modern slavery
- Inspiring synagogues, Jewish schools, and other Jewish institutions to be careful consumers and investors to be sure the products they buy or the companies they invest aren’t tainted by slavery.
- Making support for Free the Slaves a part of school tzedakah projects and an option for B’nai mitzvah projects
Learn more here.
Contact Free the Slaves to join: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Year, Free! A Modern Slavery Curriculum
Free the Slaves has collaborated with Rabbi Debra Orenstein, Rabbi Erin Hirsh, and master educators from the different Jewish movements to create teaching materials on modern slavery from a Jewish perspective. This state-of-the-art curriculum includes material for every age from kindergarten through adulthood. Download Next Year Free | View online. Click here for a webinar recording about how to use Next Year, Free!
Shabbat: “That they may rest as well as you.”
“Free Your Shabbat!” is both a flyer and a mission. One page outlines the problem of modern slavery and strategic solutions Free the Slaves is implementing. The second page provides ideas for what you can do to enhance Shabbat and simultaneously help end slavery. Download Free Your Shabbat | View online.
Hanukah: Another Festival of Freedom
Download our “Free Your Hanukkah” handout for suggestions on what you can do in 10 seconds to 10 hours to help create awareness and end modern slavery.