Friday, March 23, 2018

(Courtesy of Chabad of West Orange) 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. Sharing the warmth and tradition of this festival, Chabad of West Orange is inviting all residents to participate in a community seder to be held on Friday, March 30, at 8:00 p.m.

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 hand-made shmurah matzah, wine and a delicious homemade meal.

“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz, director of Chabad of West Orange. “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 God.”

Chabad’s Community Seder is part of a global Passover campaign that began in 1954, when the Lubavitcher 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.

All are welcome to join the Community Seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Reservations can be made online at www.chabadwestorange.com/seder  or by calling at 973-325-6311.