Feminist Passover Dinner

April 28, 1997


Tomorrow the Jewish holiday of Passover ends, celebrating the liberation of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt. Five years ago, Amy Goodman went to an unusual Seder dinner in New York City begun in 1976 by Gloria Steinem and Jewish feminist writers Esther Broner, and Phyllis Chesler. The unique Passover dinner celebrated women and liberation. Broner started writing her version of the Haggadah 16 years ago, "The Women’s Haggadah". She officiated this Seder. She discusses how women and feminists deal with the concept of sacrifice. The women became the meditators and wrote their own prayers. She talked about the Exodus was involved the history of men, even though five women rescued Moses. This version of the Haggadah has become very popular. They discuss the role of women in Jewish liberation and the need for acknowledgement of this role. This year the women talked about internal and external plagues. Broner published The Women’s Haggadah this year as well as a book on the feminist Seder called, "The Telling." This year’s was the 22nd feminist Seder.

- Esther Broner, feminist author