The Freedom Seder

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Beloved JCA community, 

Our Freedom Seder is consistently one of the highlights of my year. It is a wonderful opportunity to be together in communal space and recognize the struggle of all people to be free. We are living in stressful times, and it feels like we need affirming gatherings more now than ever. 

However, it is becoming increasingly clear the responsible decision as we grapple with the COVID-19 virus is to limit our in-person large gatherings and take steps to mitigate the spread of infections in our communities. We also don't want to make anyone in our community, or yours, choose between their health and the importance of communal celebration.

Because of this, we have decided to cancel the live, in-person Freedom Seder this Sunday, March 15th. We see it as our responsibility to do what is best for our staff, our members, our allies, and our community. And we want to prioritize health and safety, especially that of folks who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19, over any instinct to simply wait and see how this plays out. We believe proactive measures to prevent the potential spread of disease are always preferable to reactionary measures after people have begun to show symptoms.

Our board and staff made this decision in recognition of the hard work and commitment of our members, allies and friends who had planned to join us this day. We also greatly appreciate the table and event sponsors that helped to make this event possible. This event will not happen in person, but the work goes on (and on, and on) - and as such we would be happy to convert your ticket or sponsorship into a JCA membership contribution to invest in our work. We also want to emphasize our support and solidarity with the AAPI community, who has faced virulent racism and xenophobia in the media, from politicians, and from community members in the wake of this disease. We are with you - just not in person.

If you would prefer a refund for your ticket, you can reach out to Imogen at

We also will be working hard to create a virtual Seder of sorts - one that includes remarks from Governor Walz and our many wonderful speakers, our justice-oriented Haggadah, and much more. Please be on the lookout for that material in the coming days. 

Thank you for being in this work with us.


Elana Schwartzman,

Board Chair


Carin Mrotz,

Executive Director


The JCA Board and Staff

Carin Mrotz

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