The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

April 30, 2005
Madison Community Seder

St. Mark’s Lutheran Chapel
605 Spruce St., Madison
7:00 PM

This season of Passover is observed with the Seder ceremony, which celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery. This year we will have the opportunity to participate in a Seder celebration that is open to people of all beliefs and supports two excellent causes.

The Seder service will be held on Saturday, April 30, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Chapel, 605 Spruce St., Madison, beginning at 7 PM and followed by socializing and refreshments. Because our Seder falls during Passover, all food will be Kosher for Passover so that everyone will be able to take part.

The Seder is rooted in the Jewish tradition of celebrating liberation. During a Seder stories are told to teach about the universal meaning of past experiences, and to inspire us in contemporary struggles for freedom from human suffering.

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman will lead this Seder event, co-sponsored by the Madison-Arcatao Sister City Project, the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Shaarei Shamayim (Madison’s Jewish Reconstructionist and Renewal Community), and the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua.

The Seder is also co-sponsored by the Romero Celebration Committee, which will put this collaborative event forth as this year’s annual citywide celebration honoring Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who died 25 years ago in El Salvador on behalf of his people.

During this event participants will have an opportunity to make a donation to two hopeful initiatives. Proceeds will be divided equally between the Oscar Romero Memorial Tree Project, which aims to plant 50,000 trees in environmentally degraded and desperately poor rural areas of El Salvador, and the Rafah Milk & Vitamins Project, which plans to send Wisconsin powdered milk and vitamins to the women and children of Rafah, Palestine, who are suffering from increasing deficiencies in protein and vitamins.

If you would like to attend the Seder, please contact Sr. Maureen McDonnell to reserve your place, by phone at 663-3233 or e-mail at mcdonnelbat at