IN EVERY GENERATION: The JDC Haggadah (hardcover)
IN EVERY GENERATION: The JDC Haggadah (hardcover)
commentary by Ari L. Goldman
foreword by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Hardcover, 96 pages, full color, includes many photo images from the Archives of "The Joint," the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Devora Publishing, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee , Urim Publications, 2010
A traditional Haggadah portraying the age-old Passover story through modern-day images of deliverance and social responsibility in action.
The Exodus story that we retell each year in the Passover Haggadah took place in Biblical times, but its lessons -- of rescue, relief and renewal -- echo throughout history. This new Haggadah has a dual role. It includes the full traditional text, from Kiddush at the beginning of the seder to Chad Gadya at the end. In that sense, it retells the Exodus story the way it has been told for generations. But this Haggadah adds another dimension: It shows how the lessons of the Exodus story have been practiced with love and compassion in the modern era.
In Every Generation: The JDC Haggadah highlights the work of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which, since it was founded in 1914, has been the premier organization reaching out to Jews in distress around the world. For the making of this Haggadah, JDC opened its vast archives of photographs, letters and documents, many of them never before made public.
This Haggadah is rich in pictures of the rescue and relief of Jews in times of crisis -- from pre-state Israel to post-Shoah Europe to Soviet Russia to the deserts of Ethiopia. It reminds us how the JDC helped liberate Jews in distress and provided for both their physical and spiritual needs. Some of the most moving images are of Jews who themselves narrowly escaped tragedy marking the Passover seder with the potent holiday symbols of matzah and wine.
The connections between the Exodus story and these modern-day rescues are made in the inspiring foreword by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and the insightful commentary by Professor Ari L. Goldman. Historical anecdotes inserted at appropriate points in the text feature firsthand accounts by both rescuers and those rescued. Skillfully edited by Linda Levi, Director of Global Archives for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC ), and JDC Consultant, Ilana Stern Kabak, what emerges is a vivid and moving account of the Exodus that reaches back through the ages and reminds us why the Passover story is a story for all times.
About the Authors:
Working on The JDC Haggadah has been a labor of love for two longtime friends, Professor Ari L. Goldman and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. Each is prominent in his own field -- Professor Goldman as a leading journalist and Rabbi Telushkin as a teacher of Judaism through such best-selling books as Jewish Literacy. Both are distinguished authors and soughtafter lecturers.
For several years their families joined forces for Passover seders. Those seders were marked by lively discussions, dramatic readings and spirited singing, all of which served to make the ancient text come alive in the modern world.
In addition to his book Jewish Literacy, Rabbi Telushkin is the author of A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1 and Volume 2; Words That Hurt, Words That Heal; Biblical Literacy and four novels. He lives in New York City with his wife, Devorah Telushkin, and their four children.
Professor Goldman spent 20 years as a reporter for The New York Times before joining the faculty of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of The Search for God at Harvard, Being Jewish and Living a Year of Kaddish. He lives in New York City with his wife, Shira Dicker, and their three children.
Praise for The JDC Haggadah:
"The Rabbis in the Mishna -- quoted by the Hagaddah -- mandated that "in every generation each person should view himself/herself as if he/she just came out of Egypt." This JDC Hagaddah demonstrates beautifully through commentary and story how the Joint has translated this mandate into contemporary reality in its services all over the world, in its commitment to a free, vibrant and stable Jewish community and in its threefold mission, of Rescue, Relief and Renewal."
- Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun and Principal of the Ramaz School, New York
"No book has been more treasured in the Jewish home than the Haggadah and Jews have celebrated Passover by illuminating and commenting upon its eternal tale of liberty in countless versions over the millennia. Through its pictures and captions drawn from the archives of the JDC, this unique edition of this ancient text portrays the variety and breadth of our people and communicates in a powerful and authentic voice the journey from degradation to freedom that the Haggadah celebrates and that the Joint Distribution Committee makes possible. It is a most welcome addition to liturgical expression in our time and will inspire and instruct countless Jews and others gathered around the seder table for years to come."
- Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
"In pictures, words and prayers this unique Haggadah vividly reminds us that the story of our ancestors is also our own story. A beautiful, eloquent example of renewing our ancient tradition."
- Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles
"I suspect the publishers of In Every Generation: the JDC Haggadah are not going to thank me for writing that their book is what every Wicked Son needs, but bear with me on this. Firstly, I don't see this somewhat misunderstood lad as being entirely bad. If he was really sunk in sin, then why would he be at the Seder anyway? But, for whatever reason, he cannot forge a connection with the festival. How can one get through to him?
Forget sweet reason and history lessons. The way to break through is using pictures, not words. Well-composed, emotionally powerful, strong photographs can get messages across very effectively, and this Haggadah has quite a fair selection of them, drawn from the archives of the Joint Distribution Committee, more popularly known as "The Joint," and illustrating its relief work.
Unsurprisingly, this book is as much a celebration of the Joint as it is of the Seder: the Haggadah text is traditional and interspersed with accounts of the Joint's endeavors. But it is the photographs that make this book something special. Families in distress clutch their gifts of matza at communal Seders. Refugees stumble on to Israel's unfamiliar shores. Age-worn hands are clasped over eyes in prayer.
Yet, taken together, these pictures create a warm and attractive world of tradition, family, and the comforting embrace of Jewish concern and assistance at its best. The usual reply to the Wicked Son's question is to tell him, in effect, to go away. This is wrong: he's your son, right? Your reply should be to give him this Haggadah, so he can see what he is missing, and be drawn into the celebration. That way, this book will really have a happy ending."
- Ralph Amelan, Jerusalem Report
"For the tikkun olam crowd: Last year's In Every Generation: The JDC Haggadah (Devora Publishing, 2010) features a forward by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin praising the Joint Distribution Committee for its outreach to threatened Jews all over the world, plus commentaries by Ari Goldman-but it's the photographs of Seders across the globe, from Yemen to Lithuania, that make an impression.
- Josh Lambert, Tablet