Faith, Liberation and Redemption: Seder Teachings from the Shared African American and Jewish Experience

Facilitators: Reverend Doctor Bernard “Skip” Keels and Rabbi Etan Mintz. Rev. Dr. Keels serves as the Director of the Morgan State University Interfaith Chapel. He was on WBAL Radio's "Black Journey" and WIYY’s "Taking It to the Streets". Rabbi Mintz is the spiritual leader of B’nai Israel: The Downtown Synagogue, the oldest continually active synagogue in Maryland.

American Jews and African Americans have shared a special kinship largely due to a shared narrative of slavery and liberation going back to the Israelite experience in Egypt and the African-American one in this country . Using the Haggadah, we will explore these shared themes as we journey through this ancient text and reflect on the shared struggles, stories and themes of our two peoples. We will see parallels between classic Seder songs and AfricanAmerican Spirituals and Freedom songs during these periods. In discussing the historical parallels, we will focus on the relevance to contemporary Jewish and African-American relations today.

Fee: $10 Beth El Congregation members $15 non-members *registration required

Location: Agus Library

For further information and to register, please contact Ellen Marks at [email protected] or 410-580-5166.