April 2, 2019
On Sunday, March 31, more than 400 people joined the New England office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and diplomats representing 26 countries from around the world to celebrate the universal values of freedom, democracy, and human rights at the AJC New England 20th Anniversary Diplomats Seder at the JFK Library.
Each year, AJC New England celebrates the Passover Seder ritual meal with Boston-area religious and ethnic community leaders, academics, diplomats, elected officials and human rights activists.
Participants engaged in a thoughtful, intimate discussion about freedom with diplomats and representatives from diplomats and representatives from Albania, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cabo Verde, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
As always, the highlight of the evening was the “contemporary exodus” testimonials given by Americans from Iran, Syria and Pakistan, who journeyed to the U.S. to seek a better life and, in some cases, to escape violence and persecution.
Special thanks to Seder Co-Chairs Elizabeth and Dan Jick, Rabbi Dan Liben of Temple Israel of Natick, singer Valerie Stephens, and to the diplomats who participated in the program -- Dean of the Consular Corps Leonard Kopelman (Consul General of Finland), Acting Consul General of Mexico Graciela Gomez, and the Consuls General of Canada (Mr. David Alward), Germany (Ms. Nicole Menzenbach), Korea (Mr. Yonghyon Kim) and Israel (Amb. Ze'ev Boker).