President’s Greeting: Mar/Apr 2013

The burning bush is one of the vinyl graphics used to help visitors reenact the story of the Exodus in Exodus Steps, a story performed by you, our visitors.

During this season of Passover, the Skirball Cultural Center presents the commissioned work Exodus Steps. It welcomes families of all beliefs and heritages to take part in dramatizing the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.

Passover has assumed the symbolic meaning of human freedom in general and of the universal hope for the end of all oppression. The act of recalling and retelling a people’s journey from enslavement to freedom is meaningful. When we retrace the steps (and even the missteps) of those who struggled for justice and equality before us, we are reminded that we, too, were once slaves. We come to experience liberation as if we ourselves were breaking from oppression.

When we walk in the path of our forebears who sought a promised land—whether in ancient history or modern-day America—we understand that we remain ever in pursuit of freedom.

I invite visitors from all walks of life to join us in following Exodus Steps across the Skirball campus. Like the Passover Seder, it is an opportunity to gather with friends and family, participate in the universal tradition of storytelling, and rejoice in the liberties we enjoy every day. Chag Sameach!

Passover is a time to gather with loved ones and recall a people’s communal quest for freedom. Here are the seder plate and Haggadah that my family uses each year at our Passover Seder.

 

Note: This greeting was published in the Mar/Apr 2013 issue of At the Skirball. Pick up your copy during your next visit to the Skirball, or visit www.skirball.org to find out about all that the Skirball is offering in the coming months. Happy Pesach from all of us at the Skirball. Hope to see you soon!

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