The 16th Cape Verdean Jewish Passover Seder

For the past 16 years, the Cape Verdean Jewish Seder has brought together Jews and Cape Verdeans from Massachusetts and Rhode Island to meet, share and celebrate their cultures and explore what they have in common.

This year there will be a hybrid of virtual and in-person gatherings, with small in-person gatherings in Boston and Praia, Cabo Verde, virtually linked to people in many parts of the world and the United States.

This year, people from Cape Verde, Portugal, Israel, Ecuador, France and Uganda will present, as well as people from California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and other regions the United States.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu will address attendees. This year’s theme will be “Honoring Our Past in Difficult Times”.

Highlights will include performances by Israeli-Portuguese musical group Al’Fado and Cape Verdean rising star singer Ja Diva. Youth from Temple Israel in Boston and members of the Cape Verdean Student Association of Brockton High School will perform.

Due to two waves of Jewish immigration to Cape Verde and generations of intermarriage, a large number of Cape Verdeans have Jewish ancestry. Now members of both communities live together in Greater Boston and around the world.

This event is structured around the Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the biblical liberation and exodus of Jewish slaves from Egypt. The event will share the stories of each group’s journey from slavery to freedom.

This seder is also co-sponsored by Development of the Cape Verdean American community, Cape Verdean Association of Boston, Consulate General of Cabo Verde and Alliance of Portuguese Speakers of Massachusetts.

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