Seder Sisters: Jewish Women Observe Passover By Taking On Patriarchy, Militarism and the Israeli Occupation

April 21, 2003


This week is Passover. During the 8-day holiday Jews around the world remember their liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. Traditionally, on the first two nights of Passover, Jewish families hold dinners, or Seders, where friends and family gather to reflect and tell stories.

Years ago, I went to an unusual Seder in New York City. It was a tradition begun in 1976 by Gloria Steinem and Jewish feminist writers Esther Broner and Phyllis Chesler. The unique Passover dinner celebrated women and liberation. And even 12 years ago, these women were voicing their opposition to the Israeli occupation. Esther Broner officiates. She wrote, The Telling and The Women’s Haggadah.

  • Sounds of a Feminist Seder, including feminist writers Esther Broner, Naomi Wolf, Phyllis Chesler, Robin and Letty Pogrebin.