Passover is the eight-day observance commemorating the freedom and Exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II. Passover is the oldest continuously celebrated Jewish festival. Family is central to Passover because traditionally, it is celebrated not in a synagogue, but around a meal at home. It has also become customary to extend an invitation to strangers.
“This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. Let those who are hungry come in and partake. Let all who are in need come and celebrate the Passover.” These words will be shared at tables throughout the world during the upcoming celebration of the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery. Originally meant as a directive to feed the poor, this has evolved into a lovely tradition of inviting people – often complete strangers, who would otherwise be alone – to our Seders.
It’s also encouraged for friends to get together and create a Seder experience that meets their needs. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest worthy. Encourage friends to create a potluck experience. Be creative! What is important is the gathering and retelling of the Exodus.
This year’s Passover Kashrut guide is available here. An additional resource is the Rabbinical Assembly’s Kashrut Subcommittee Recommendations for Passover 5780 in Light of COVID-19.
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Join our virtual celebrations including Bedikat Chametz, SiYum Bechorot, Taste of Passover, and our Congregational Seder.
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