As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section, along with Harris County AFL-CIO, The Jewish Labor Committee and Chapelwood United Methodist Church, partnered with United Against Human Trafficking to host the fifth annual Interfaith Anti-Trafficking Seder on September 10 to raise awareness about the reality of modern-day slavery.
About 40 people of different faiths gathered at Chapelwood United Methodist Church for the Seder, using a specially written Haggadah that brought together the plight of the Jewish people as they escaped from Egypt thousands of years ago and the continuing struggle of victims of trafficking today. Under the guidance of Rabbi Laura Sheinkopf, all faiths present participated in traditional Passover rituals while remembering those still enslaved.
For the past five years, the Seder has served as a reminder that although many are free, slavery is still a reality, especially in Houston, considered a hub for human trafficking. The partnership among the host organizations created a fun and educational evening and delicious dinner.
National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. For more information, visit ncjwhouston.org.