Apr 21, 2014 3:37 PM by Faye DeHoff
TUCSON - Honoring the spirit of the ancient story of the Jews' exodus from Egypt, and the struggles of all peoples who have fought and died for freedom, Temple Emanu-El and Humane Borders are proud to co-sponsor a Freedom Seder led by actor Ed Asner tonight.
Representatives of various faith traditions, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other political leaders will contribute reflections on freedom and on the moral imperative to save endangered lives. Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon will lead the traditional aspects of the Seder, the ordered meal that symbolizes freedom and its responsibilities in a variety of ways.
The Jewish Passover Seder celebrates the Jews' liberation from Egyptian slavery using story, symbols, songs, and food to re-enact that elemental passage. A foundation story for Jews, that Biblical narrative has become an inspiration for the oppressed and disenfranchised of all backgrounds throughout history, and a recognition of gratitude for being saved from both servitude and death.
It will be held tonight, April 21st, at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road, at 6:15 p.m.
Ed Asner has a distinguished career in television, stage, and as an activist concerned with a wide range of issues. He is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards, and was nominated 20 times for an Emmy. He has also performed regularly in film and on stage, and currently tours the country performing in a one-man show, "FDR."
Ed Asner is well known for his courageous championing of the cause of the oppressed, and he continues to speak about important policy issues. He is an active participant on the Board of Defenders of Wildlife and the Advisory Board of the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation and is a major supporter of Autism Speaks, among other organizations.