In a few weeks, Jews and other believers throughout the world will gather around dining room tables to rejoice freedom. Every Passover (Pesach) we retell our story of freedom from slavery to ensure it is not forgotten. Passover is perhaps the most important story we tell – as it portrays our Jewish consciousness and values. It is when law and justice became possible; portraying who we are and what we experienced – shaping the foundation of our Jewish ethics. It is where our sense of shared community, values and common heritage stem from – breaking the chains of bondage.
But for tens of millions of people, slavery is not a historical phenomenon – it is their brutal everyday reality.
The definition of slavery varies in its literal definition. Slavery can be defined as people who are held at a workplace by force, fraud, or coercion for purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labor. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), 21 million people are in slavery; the majority are women and girls; a quarter is children. According to the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, 12,000 women, men and children identify as sex workers in Israel. More than 50% of these enter the sex industry before they reach adulthood.
The good news, however, is that modern-day slavery has not gone unnoticed and you can play your part in ending it. One way of making a difference is by participating in the ‘Passover Project‘. The Passover Project was created by kite.pride, a social business located in Tel Aviv that provides safe rehabilitation employment to those exiting human trafficking and modern-day slavery by creating bags from upcycled fabrics. Through every bag sold, jobs are created.
The goal of the Passover Project is to raise awareness and create buzz as this holiday is all about discussion, creating lasting change and bringing justice into the world. For this, Kite.pride created the special edition WALLETS.
Why is this wallet different from all other wallets?
It is small enough to place at your Seder table yet large enough to evoke interest and questioning. Unlike a functional Matzah bag, the wallets are more of a symbolic item and are a reminder that whilst we are free, others are not.
So, order your wallet/s today, place one in the middle of the table or gift all your guests with a tangible memory. Through the Passover Project let us combat modern-day slavery together!