By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In an effort to celebrate Passover and unite the different religions and cultures of Brooklyn, a nonprofit organization is hosting a Seder-type of dinner event on Sunday.
The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project will hold what leaders are calling an Interfaith Unity Seder on Sunday April 2, at its flagship location at 1894 Flatbush Ave., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Seder portion of the program starts at 6 p.m.
The guest speaker will be Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis.
In addition to enjoying free international gourmet foods, guests will also hear live music by Zach Fredman and the Epichorus Band.
Passover, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of Jews from Egyptian slavery, begins at sundown on April 10.
Several elected officials from around the borough have invited to The Bridge’s Seder event, including Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Councilmembers Jumaane D. Williams and Mathieu Eugene, Assemblymembers Dov Hikind and Rodneyse Bichotte and state Sens. Jesse Hamilton and Kevin Parker.
"The Interfaith Unity Seder will host diverse religious leaders, dignitaries and representatives of all faiths united at one table. The evening will include official greetings and teachings from the Passover Seder, focusing on the theme of peace. We are excited to unite New Yorkers as we celebrate Passover, Easter, Ramadan and all faiths as we unite through hope," Mark Meyer Appel, founder of The Bridge, said in a statement.
Abu Khaliquzzaman, president of the Interfaith Dialogue Project Peace Heals, said the Seder event will help bridge different cultures.
"It is an honor to be part of this community Interfaith Seder. Our focus and passion is to bring people together, people of different faiths and cultures to share experiences and grow in friendship. We are delighted to partner with The Bridge MCP on this endeavor," Khaliquzzaman stated.
The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project was established 20 years ago to advocate for social change. The organization has worked to get social issues and health initiatives enacted into law.
It also works to expand services for children with special needs and advocates for citywide programs to address health issues like diabetes, asthma and obesity.
For more information, visit thebridgemcp.com.