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Reform Judaism Says “Let My People Stay”

With Pesach just around the corner you might be confused by the headline. Surely Seder night is all about ‘Let my people go?’ It is of course. So why do we want this Passover to be different from all other Passovers?

The Haggadah prayer book means ‘Telling.’ And this year we ask you to add to the telling of the Passover story. This year Reform Judaism is conducting a movement-wide campaign to raise the plight of the Uyghur Muslims of China, working with human rights organisation René Cassin.

The Uyghurs are an ethnic minority who by all accounts are being subjected to internment, forced labour, suppression of their culture and tragically so much more. China denies the claims but our own history tells us we have to keep up the vigil.

And we now ask for your help. We would like you to add some cotton threads and yellow raisins to your Seder plate this year to symbolise forced labour and hope. Then, let’s capture these images and share our photos on social media using the bespoke hashtags #MakeThisSederDifferent and #Uyghurpesach as we unite in support.

We’ve hosted a discussion on what we fear to be China’s genocidal acts. The video will be available to view on our website from Monday.

We know from our own family histories why genocide is the gravest crime against humanity. So together let’s make this Seder night different from all others. And let’s do all we can to let this people stay.

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom,

Everyone at Reform Judaism

March 25, 2021