Westside Jews celebrate Passover with fun, learning and ancient traditions
Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked and the Matzah served, all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the Jewish community. Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the West Side community, Chabad of the West Side is inviting all Jewish residents to participate in a community Seder to be held on Friday night, April 19.
The Seder takes participants through the wondrous liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, while sharing the relevance and beauty of the age-old festival in our modern lives. Included in the Seder will be a delectable catered dinner paired with a variety of fine imported wines and handmade round "Shmurah" Matzah from Israel.
Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people. Passover is about our own personal liberation – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Passover inspires us to break free from the shackles restraining us from reaching new heights – in our lives, relationships and connection with G-d.
Chabad's community Seder is part of a global Passover campaign that began in 1954, when the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory, considered the most influential rabbi in modern history, launched the Shmurah Matzah initiative as part of an effort to create awareness and promote observance of the holiday. An estimated four million hand-baked Shmurah Matzahs will be distributed by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement this year.
This year's Seder is the culmination of a whirlwind of Passover activities here in Westlake, including a model Matzah bakery that took place last week at the Westlake Recreation Center, where children enjoyed baking their own real handmade Matzah!
All are welcome to join the community Seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Cost is $18 per person. Reservations can be made online at www.jewishwestside.com.
Rabbi Mendel Jacobs
Director of the local Chabad Jewish Center