Community Partners Celebrate Black-Jewish Relations at Annual Seder

Posted on: March 20th, 2017

Media Contact:

Jackie Subar, AJC Goldman Bridge Fellow


Community Partners Celebrate Black-Jewish Relations at Annual Seder

Who (Partners/Sponsors):         

  • Greater Washington Urban League: Thursday Network
  • Metropolitan AME Church
  • Operation Understanding DC
  • Sixth & I Synagogue
  • Turner AME Church

What: 3rd Annual Black Jewish Unity Seder

 On March 28, 2017 DC’s African American and Jewish young professionals will come together for an evening of sharing and discussion while partaking in the Passover story; a message of freedom from slavery that both communities share. The evening marks the third year of such a Seder, a demonstration of both groups’ histories, struggles, and triumphs.

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Where: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St. NW, Washington DC 20001

When:  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


ACCESS, AJC’s New Generation Program, empowers Jewish young professionals to engage with today’s critical domestic and international issues. At the nexus between the Jewish community and the world, ACCESS reaches out to diplomats, opinion makers and young leaders of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. ACCESS empowers members to engage on Israel, Iran and the greater Middle East, and on challenges to civility, tolerance and democracy globally in a thoughtful and effective way.

 Greater Washington Urban League: Thursday Network

Thursday Network is the young professionals auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League.  Thursday Network heavily focuses on community service, civic engagement, and the personal and professional development of its membership body. It allows for the empowerment of young professionals that are between the ages of 21 through 40 to become leaders in their professions and their communities.

 Metropolitan AME Church

Founded in 1838, Metropolitan—the “National Cathedral of African Methodism”— has a rich history of pioneering change, inspiring social activism and promoting advocacy to achieve justice for all people. Metropolitan’s mission is to embrace the beloved community through worship, liberation and service.


Operation Understanding DC

Operation Understanding DC‘s mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. Serving the DC Metropolitan community for over twenty years, OUDC’s award-winning program model brings together an annual cohort of Black/Jewish high school teens to explore heritage and history through biweekly learning sessions, travel from New York City through the Deep South on a month long Civil Rights Journey, and receive extensive training in speechmaking and facilitation with which to lead diversity and inclusion programming throughout the region.


Sixth & I Synagogue

At Sixth & I, what it means to be Jewish is up to you. With a multi-denominational and non-membership approach, identity and community intersect on your terms for a uniquely Jewish experience. Sixth & I’s 6th in the City program series offers a space for Jews in their 20s and 30s to connect—to Judaism, arts and culture, spirituality, and to each other.


Turner AME Church

Turner Memorial AME Church was founded in 1915 and is known as one of America’s historically black churches.   Its mission seeks to build people for God’s kingdom through the preaching of the Gospel, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, providing homes for the homeless, jobs for the jobless and uplift for the fallen.