The Jewish holiday of Passover was just over a week away, and the story of the Exodus from Egypt would be on just about every Jew’s mind. But, what does that mean to a twenty-first century college student? Does the retelling of the story create a bond with African American descendants of slaves? Is it enough to say “my people were once slaves, so we understand slavery in a different way”? The students did not seek answers to these questions and more, but they sought to understand how by asking the questions and exploring the possible answers they could and did create new and special bonds that have value today and tomorrow.
Over the years the various changes in venue, song selection and readings have combined to keep this wonderful tradition vibrant and current. The service flowed, the discussion was animated and the songs reached toward heaven—what more could any of us ask for? Just one thing, to do it all again next year.