The event ended with the seder, led by Repair the World Philadelphia Team Leader Jessica Herrmann, who spoke about the holiday and the tradition of the seder. She adapted some of the customs from the seder to the themes of the event, such as by using the first glass of wine to discuss the tension between eating locally and keeping kosher.
“We wanted to get people thinking about ways in which they can bring spirituality and Jewish values into the way that they view and connect to the community and food around them in the city,” Herrmann said. “Whether that’s forming a community with your local urban gardener, or it’s taking those values and not eating the food that was imported. … We hope that everyone … left with a burning desire to serve their community and really connect to one another.”