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Anti-Defamation League interfaith dessert seder Sunday at Salem State

Posted by Marcia Dick  March 28, 2014 05:28 PM

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The following was submitted by the Anti-Defamation League New England:

The Anti-Defamation League New England Region will hold its North Shore Interfaith Dessert Seder Sunday, March 30 at Salem State University at 2:30 p.m.

A diverse, interfaith community will come together for this model Seder, drawing attention to the universal Passover themes of hope, liberation, and freedom as they apply to everyone in the community.

“The Passover Seder is a symbol of the struggle for freedom and is an opportunity to pause from our daily routines to reflect on the role that faith has played in each person’s journey to America," said ADL Regional Director Robert Trestan in a statement. "We are honored to convene people from across the North Shore to celebrate our common bonds and acknowledge how the pursuit of freedom has impacted people of all faiths.”

This year’s Seder will be led by Adam Smith, Executive Director of the North Shore Teen Initiative, and Lindsay James, Chaplain at Endicott College in Beverly. The recipient of the Leonard P. Zakim Humanitarian Award will be the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University, with special recognition being given to Harriet Wacks, Christopher Mauriello, and Robert McAndrews.

The Interfaith Seder will establish and maintain alliances against prejudice, anti-immigrant violence, anti-Semitism, racism, and all forms of bigotry. The Seder will provide a unique opportunity for people in the North Shore area to come together and celebrate the myriad groups and faiths that make up our nation and community.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry.

The seder will be held at Salem State's South Campus, 11 Harrison Road. Admission is free.

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