Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and… led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country… and they shall dwell in their own land. – Jeremiah 23:7-8
I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land…” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 3, 1968
When Dr. King uttered those fateful words on the evening before his violent and untimely assassination, few people realized that his words predicting the return of Africans in America to the Holy Land, echoed those uttered by the prophet Jeremiah more than 2000 years ago.
It is as if the prophet’s words reverberated through the heavens and ages, waiting for the convergence of time, circumstances and personalities to actualize their promise. Providentially, less than 30 days later, the first African Hebrew Israelites entered Israel from the captivity in North America.
Today, New World Passover is the annual celebration of the Hebrew Israelite community commemorating our historic exodus from the Lands of the Great Captivity (America) in 1967. Like Memorial Passover, marking the exodus of the Children of Israel out of ancient Egypt by the hand of Moses, New World Passover is a festive time. We give thanks unto the Creator, Yah, for having blessed us with the leadership of His Anointed Son and Servant, Ben Ammi, who from his receiving of the “45-second vision” in 1966, provided the inspiration and guidance for our deliverance and accomplishments to date.
We relate inherently to the experience of our ancestors in antiquity, and observe Memorial Passover as commanded by Moses. However, New World Passover is a celebration of liberation and acknowledgment of the God of Creation playing an active role in our affairs as foretold in the Book of Jeremiah. Our 400-year bondage and subsequent deliverance from “the lands of the north” in modern times provide us with a much more recent testimony of the redemptive power of the Holy One of Israel. As such, the New World Passover of the Hebrew Israelites is a contemporary freedom festival.
Since 1973, the Community has marked our flight from America with two full days of wholesome cultural celebrations, featuring family fun and games, food, dancing, parades and two evenings of great music under Israel’s skies. Traditionally, we are joined by hundreds of friends and family members from all over the world who come to share in the experience!
Customarily, all community members dress in shades of a designated color as a show of solidarity on the first day of festivities. The second day is dedicated to individual families who can be identified by their own selected color and design of sports and casual wear. It is a living kaleidoscope of creativity designed just for this event.
What is more humbling is that New World Passover is celebrated in Hebrew Israelite jurisdictions throughout the world, acknowledged by people from various lands and cultures united in an expression of gratitude for the Creator having kept His word. Through the example of the Hebrew Israelites and our Truth-centered social structure and lifestyle practices, all of humanity can experience life, living and freedom as Yah intended.
Thus, we acknowledge the many blessings of our new life in Israel and appreciate your sharing with us during this holy and festive season!