On Tuesday April 5th Temple Israel Sisterhood hosted its first ever Women’s Freedom Seder that underscored human trafficking as the modern day form of slavery.
About 85 women from Temple Israel in West Bloomfield along with women from Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit who came as our guests, attended and participated in this social action Passover seder.
Rabbi Marla Hornsten and Rabbi Arianna Gordon conducted the seder and the Sisterhood’s Social Action Committee organized the event. The four cups of wine became social action oriented – cups of awareness, human dignity, hope and action. We watched a DVD that told the story of Theresa Flores, who was sexually trafficked as a 15-year-old attending Groves High School in Birmingham, MI and many years later started S.O.A.P (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), an initiative that provides bars of soap to be labeled with the national human trafficking hotline number and placed in motels. Donations were made to S.O.A.P and to Atzum (a social justice agency that helps human trafficking victims in Israel). It was a wonderfully powerful Seder that touched everyone that attended.