Jews, Christians and Muslims
sitting around one table to discuss poverty
Monday night, MDHA President and
CEO, Cindy J. Crain, and I had the great pleasure of attending the Jewish
Community Relations Council 3rd Annual Interfaith Seder at Congregation Anshai
Torah in Plano.
The theme this year was "Confronting Poverty". The purpose of this
inspiring event was to use the traditional Seder meal, which Jews practice on
the first two nights of Passover, as a model to highlight and indeed confront
the issue of poverty in Greater Dallas. Many people in Dallas
remain virtual slaves to their difficult circumstances, just as in the Passover
story the Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt.
The Seder was led by
Congregation Anshai Torah's Senior Rabbi, Stefan Weinberg, and included readers
from the clergy of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Our good
friend, Susan Hoff, CSO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, was the keynote
speaker. She urged those present to be mindful of the fact that for too many
people the American promise - that if you work hard, you can rise out of
poverty - is slipping away. She reminded all of us that through collective
action we can change this.