Juneteenth Community Seder

Join us for a community-wide Juneteenth Seder! 
Thursday, June 14th, 5:30pm–8:30pm. 
Solar One @ 23rd Street and the East River (Stuyvesant Cove Park), 24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East, New York, NY 10010. 
RSVP required here.

This spring, JFREJ is focusing on Black power and liberation, and strategies for investing in the future of Black people, very much including Black Jews of Color. We started by Counting the Omer with the Vision For Black Lives platform. Next, we will be holding a Shavuot for Black Lives. And finally, we will come together as a community, in all our multi-racial, multi-ethnic splendor, for our first-ever Juneteenth Seder! More details to come. Juneteenth is the annual commemoration of the emancipation of Africans and African-Americans from slavery. It was first celebrated on June 19th, 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally made its way to Galveston, Texas. Since then, Juneteenth has become a yearly tradition in many Black communities across the United States. The Juneteenth Seder will be a vibrant community event led by Jews of Color, other members of the JFREJ community, and special guests. With art, music, food, and ritual we will celebrate Black liberation, lift up those who are fighting for freedom today, and wrestle with our shared responsibility to invest in Black community-building and leadership. 

More information:

• The event will be kid and family-friendly, with special Juneteenth activities being led for kids of all ages. If you are planning to bring kids to the Juneteenth Seder, please fill out this form to help us prepare.

• The Black Jewish-inspired menu is kosher-style and all vegetarian. It will be cooked with care but not in a kosher or vegetarian kitchen.

• We will be sitting on the ground so please bring picnic blankets, pillows, and anything else you need for your comfort. There will be limited chair and bench seating for those who need it.

• For accessibility requests or questions, email info@jfrej.org.

For every new or renewed membership gift made in response to this email or the night of the Seder, we will be donating $5 to a black-led group organizing for racial justice. Membership is $5 a month or $36 a year, although we encourage you to give as generously as you can. Just write that your gift is in honor of Juneteenth. (If your membership is current you can make a special gift that will also count towards this effort!)