If people didn’t know that it was the “season of Passover,” they now know it - thanks, in large part, to the various Passover in the Aisles programs, fostered by the Jewish Outreach Institute. When we conceived of the program and contextualized it in our model for Public Space Judaism, we knew that people would resonate with the model - once they overcame the concerns over introducing Judaism in so many public arenas. Perhaps the grocery store is one of the least threatening of public spaces and yet it is so much a part of our routine lives, especially in anticipation of a week-long celebration of religious freedom. Maybe that is why the idea caught on so quickly in the Greater Washington, DC area - the seat of American democracy. The Washington Post certainly thought so. We thank our various “partners” in the DC area who took the idea and ran with it, making sure that it reflected their local community and culture. May this be a season of liberation for us all.
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