The American Jewess on Liberation and Freedom


Passover is the holiday of liberation and freedom. What do these terms and this holiday mean to us as Americans? This Go & Learn guide features an editorial from the April 1897 issue of The American Jewess exploring the meaning of Passover in relation to the Fourth of July. The editor, Rosa Sonneschein, asks what it means for Jews to celebrate Passover in the context of American religious and national freedom.

This resource includes an introductory essay, document studies, and three lesson plans:

  • For high school:

    Freedom, Rights, and Responsibilities
  • For family/congregational education:

    How do we remember we are free?
  • For adults:

    The Passover vs. Fourth of July Debate



  • Congregational Learning
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Teen Engagement