Passover and Liberation in a Time of Horror

April 17, 2024

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As Passover approaches, the gap between our present crisis and the horizon of liberation feels particularly vast, especially as we see Jewish religious stories continuing to be weaponized to justify the slaughter in Gaza. In this context, it is urgent to think through what liberation means in this moment, and what the exodus story can offer those of us committed to working toward freedom.

Join us for a virtual event exploring liberation theology and Jewish, Palestinian, and Black accounts of the exodus story. We will discuss comparative, multi-faith approaches to questions of liberation, and think about how we can develop a theology that can center questions of oppression in present-day religious traditions. Register here.

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Omar Haramy is the director of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a grassroots liberation theology movement seeking to deepen the faith of Palestinian Christians, promote unity among them, and lead them to act for justice and peace. He also serves on the steering committee of the Christian Palestinian group Kairos Palestine. Haramy identifies as an Arab, a Palestinian, a Jerusalemite, and a Greek Orthodox Christian.

Susannah Heschel is Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (Chicago, 1998); The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton, 2008); and a forthcoming book, written with Sarah Imhoff, The Woman Question in Jewish Studies (Princeton).

Terrence L. Johnson is Charles G. Adams Professor of African American Religious Studies at Harvard Divinity School. His research interests include African American political thought, ethics, American religions, and the role of religion in public life. He is the author of Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue, co-written with Jacques Berlinerblau (2022); We Testify with Our Lives: How Religion Transformed Radical Thought from Black Power to Black Lives Matter (2021); and Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy (2012). He also serves as co-editor of the Duke University Press Series “Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People.”

Maya Rosen is the Israel/​Palestine fellow at Jewish Currents.