The daughter-in-law of one of the 11 Jewish worshipers killed in a mass shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue in October has started a movement she hopes will help heal wounds and bridge divides. The concept? Invite non-Jews to celebrate Passover with Jewish families across the United States.
Marnie Fienberg said she founded the “Two for Seder” movement after the horrific death of her mother-in-law, 75-year-old Joyce Fienberg. The idea to encourage Jewish households to invite at least two non-Jewish guests to their Passover Seder celebrations, which take place this weekend, sprung from Fienberg’s own experience attending Joyce’s packed Seder gatherings. According to Feinberg, Joyce would invite foreign acquaintances from her travels, her husband’s students, and countless other guests — Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Already, Fienberg says, more than 730 families across 41 states have pledged to follow in her mother-in-law’s footsteps.
“Conceivably, someone’s going to say something to my neighbor, something negative about Jews. Well, he’s got the data now. He can say, ‘I’ve experienced this myself. You are wrong. You need to reconsider this trash coming out of your mouth,’” said Fienberg, explaining how she hoped her program would help combat anti-Semitism. “I think if you have 1,000 people this year, and next year a different thousand people, over and over again, that’s how education works. That’s how good ideas spread and grow.”
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