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Community Seder celebrates diversity

A participant in the Anti-Defamation League of New England's Nation of Immigrants Community Seder place pins on a world map indicating the countries of their cultural roots. Pilot photo/ Courtesy ADL

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BOSTON -- Local community and faith leaders came together at UMass Boston March 11, for "The Nation of Immigrants Community Seder" hosted by the Anti-Defamation League of New England.

The event uses the traditional Passover Seder, which commemorates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, to celebrate the universal desire of all peoples for freedom that have led so many to leave their homelands to build a life in the United States.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley attended and participated in the Seder as a special guest of the ADL along with United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, Consul General of Germany Friedrich Lohr, and Consul General of Israel Shai Bazak. President and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank Catherine D'Amato co-chaired the event with State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Boston City Councilor Michael P. Ross.

The ADL presented the Seder meal as Temple Israel in Boston's Cantor Roy Einhorn and Rabbi Elaine Zecher explained the significance of each tradition of the meal.

The meal began after brief remarks from the co-chairs and Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and entertainment including a lion dance from Boston's Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe and songs from the Boston Children's Chorus.

Some guests read brief summaries of personal immigrant experiences making the adjustment to the experience of life in the U.S.

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