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My Passover Odyssey by Ruth Broyde Sharone

My Passover Odyssey by Ruth Broyde Sharone

Ruth Broyde Sharone, who brought us the film "God and Allha Need to Talk" and filmed our Interfaith Seder at the Islamic Center of Claremont held April 17, has written an account of her spiritual odyssey filming Seders which was published in the "L.A. Progressive. "Please check out the link below to see an example of the many creative ways people can come together to build peace across the world and to see where one person's vision can lead . This acticle includes information about the recent Universal Freedom Seder held on May 14, 2011 which was attended by some 250 guests including Sheriff Lee Baca and representatives of twelve non-Abrahamic faiths. Mazel tov to Ruth!

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