Potluck LGBTQ seder slated for April 21


The major Jewish holiday of Passover is coming up, and there will be an LGBTQ community seder on the festival’s third night.

It’ll take place April 21 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 South 48th Street, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Passover commemorates the ancient Hebrews’ liberation by God from slavery in Egypt, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

Because they left in such a hurry and could not wait for bread dough to rise, matzah is eaten, rather than leavened bread, during the eight-day holiday.

This seder, with queer members of the Philadelphia Jewish community, will explore themes like queerness, trans identities, activism, liberation, and freedom.

“Participants will have a chance to reflect on the history of Jewish and queer struggles for acceptance, as well as meditate on a future where our intersecting identities are celebrated,” according to organizers, The LGBTQ Initiative of Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Philly and the Kol Tzedek LGBTQ Havurah.

The event will be free but RSVPs at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lgbtq-community-seder-tickets-57830021150 are necessary so organizers know how many people to expect.

The meal will be potluck, so bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share. It should not contain wheat, spelt, barley or rye – and all dishes should have a labeled ingredients list on an index card.

— Lenny Cohen