Slavery remains very much alive in our world and in our lives. In fact, abolitionists assert that there are more than 20 million people in some form of slavery today - more than at the peak of the slave trade two centuries ago.
Passover offers a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on contemporary slavery. Just as Passover calls upon us to feel as if we ourselves were slaves, it calls upon us to not avert our eyes to the trafficking and bondage that surround us.
Therefore, we have compiled some slavery-free resources to help us learn and teach. They include:
- Curricular materials for educators about contemporary slavery through a Jewish lens;
- Texts/source material related to slavery/trafficking/unfair & exploitive labor practices
- Supplementary material for Seders dealing with contemporary slavery/trafficking;
- Background information on contemporary slavery and trafficking in our world, our products, our community, and our lives, and what we can do about it.
- Information on Fair Trade products
- Anti-Slavery Hagaddot
We are indebted to our friends at Fair Trade Judaica for their partnership in preparing these materials. We hope you find them useful.
Fighting Modern-day Slavery Includes background information on contemporary slavery, Jewish text/source material, discussion questions for educators, and a specific lesson plan (Fair Food for Kids).
Fair Food for Kids Unit for pre-adolescent children.
Chocolate Chips/Pea Pods Unit for adolescents and teens.
Masekhet Zechuyot Ha-Adam (Universal Declaration of Human Rights with Jewish Sources) This pair of educational resources from Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster and Ilana Schatz, can be used with teens, young adults and adults.
Dignity of Work and the Indignity of Slavery Textual sources and discussion questions, by Rabbi Gordon Tucker
Text Sheet & Text Study Guide Torah and Rabbinic texts on slavery & trafficking with study guide by Naomi Graetz.
Supplemental Readings For Your Seder
Pesach and Slavery Then and Now By Rabbi Gilah Langner
A TOMATO ON THE SEDER PLATE Standing with Farmworkers in their Struggle to Uproot Modern-Day Slavery
Tomato on the Seder Plate Slavery in Florida
Background Information on Contemporary Slavery and Traffickng:
Worse Than You Think- Info sheets from YWCA:
Fair Trade Info:
From Liberation To Freedom A Passover Sourcebook
The Freedom Haggadah An Anti-trafﬁcking Seder By the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
From Chains To Change A publication of Moral Voices, Initiative of Penn Hillel
Special Thanks to Fair Trade Judaica and the creators of these wonderful resources, including YMCA, T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, Rabbis for Human Rights-North America, and Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition.