The Passover Haggadah: A Service Learning Course

RELJ 3085 | The Passover Haggadah: A Service Learning Course 

The Passover Haggadah cultivates sensitivity for the plight of the stranger, and we will study how it came about and how it has been used as a template for rituals of social activism on behalf of oppressed peoples, and in particular, of refugees.

In volunteer placements in the community, UVA students will work with individuals who have have found refuge in Cville. Together, they will collaborate on designing haggadahs and community seders.

Professor Vanessa Ochs

Student Work

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Article: Passover Ritual Takes on Different Dimensions

The Passover Haggadah– the text that Jewish people use to orchestrate the ritual of the Passover seder meal– has roots in Biblical times. Read more…

Passover Haggadah: Nurses in Coronavirus Pandemic

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