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The Story of AHRC’s Freedom Seder

Like all programs at AHRC Nassau, the Pearl and Jack Ain Freedom Seder started because of the energies of committed community members. Alice Ain Rich shares why her parents started this celebration of freedom, friendship and inclusion:

Ains_facebook_31317“My parents cared deeply about people, particularly people who needed a little bit of help getting on in life,” my brother Aron said in a recent article in the New York Times. 

He went on to say, “They were community activists in a very quiet way. They didn’t have a child with developmental disabilities, yet they were involved for more than 50 years with (AHRC). They just weren’t a little bit involved; they were neck-deep involved.”

The story my dad always told me was that it all started after a chance meeting with Helen Kaplan at a school PTA meeting in the 1950s. Helen was looking for support to expand AHRC Nassau and my parents were moved by her story. My parents were also observant Jews — not observant in the sense of following every ritual, but observant in caring about other people and being inclusive. My father, especially, loved a celebration. He wanted to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates freedom, with his friends and the AHRC community. He and my mom teamed up with the legendary Tiny Katz and the idea for a community Seder was born.

Reserve your spot at this year’s Seder by March 14. Click here for more information.

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