On Sunday evening, March 18th, over 400 people attended AJC New England’s 19th annual Diplomats Seder at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Participants included diplomats from 27 countries, civic leaders from across our community and hundreds of people who came to celebrate our collective quest for freedom.

The Passover Seder that commemorates the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt serves as an annual occasion to affirm the universal struggle for freedom. AJC President Jonathan Dorfman urged those present to be alert to developing challenges to modern democracy and take personally the need to secure the freedoms we take for granted today for the generations that will follow.

The event included testimonies from refugees who came to Boston from South Sudan, Poland and Iraq. Their compelling stories touched the hundreds of people present and affirmed the need to advance democratic values and human rights. According to AJC New England Director Robert Leikind:

One of the special features of the annual Seder is that it embeds in all who participate a passion for freedom, while also challenging each of us to come to terms with what freedom means for ourselves, our community, and indeed, all of humankind.

Seder attendees had the opportunity to engage with diplomats and representatives from Albania, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cabo Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

We are pleased to share with you the following material that you may wish to include in your family Passover Seder:



President Jonathan Dorfman Remarks

Director Robert Leikind Remarks

Consul General of Israel Yehuda Yaakov Remarks


     Moses; South Sudan
     Aron; Poland
     Wisam; Iraq

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