Our 106 Year Tradition: The Community Seder
This year, Passover, which celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from the cruel reign of Pharaoh, begins on the evening of Friday, March 30th. Over the first two nights of the holiday, families and friends will gather together to experience a Seder, a re-telling of the Passover story followed by a festive meal.
"The Passover Seder creates an atmosphere which encourages us to put ourselves in the place of those who are oppressed, and then celebrate the Exodus to freedom," says Rabbi Karen Bender, the Jewish Home's Jack H. Skirball Director of Spiritual Life. "Many among us have our own personal Egypt, which in Hebrew means a ‘narrow space.' It could be a medical issue, personal loss, destructive relationship, drug or alcohol addiction…there are hundreds of situations which can afflict us spiritually, physically and emotionally. At Passover, we focus upon our collective story, preparing to take action to liberate others and to free ourselves from bondage."
On the first night of Passover in 1912, five homeless men sought freedom to worship with their brethren, safe from the ethnic taunts they had to endure at the "poor house" where they lived. They were taken in by caring Angelenos who read the Haggadah with them and served them dinner. The occasion marked a turning point in the life of the Los Angeles Jewish community, and those five seniors were the first residents of what would become the Los Angeles Jewish Home. The Community Seder at the Home has been a continuous tradition since that historic night 106 years ago.
Please take this opportunity to join residents and staff of the Jewish Home for a truly heartwarming experience as we celebrate Passover and the freedom it represents.
This year's Community Seder begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 31st at the Jewish Home's Eisenberg Village campus. Tickets are $36 per adult and $18 per child under 12. Advance purchase of tickets is required by March 26th.
Please call (818) 774-3386 or email EVrsvp@jha.org to reserve your place.
On behalf of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, have a sweet Passover! Chag Sameach!