Reservations End Sunday, Mar. 24
Go to http://event.pingg.com/Seder to RSVP
The Seder dinner is Tuesday, Mar. 26
In the most ancient times Pesach was a spring celebration after the first harvest of barley. It was one of three pilgrimages when Israelites journeyed to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the Temple. But through most of Jewish history, Passover has commemorated deliverance from Egyptian bondage, as told in the book of Exodus in Hebrew scriptures.
Passover has been observed for more than 3,000 years. It was celebrated by slaves in Herod’s court, prisoners in Babylon, and soldiers who fought the Maccabees. Its rites were followed by the Sages who compiled the Talmud. Hasidim in Poland, poor Jewish immigrants crowded into New York’s East Side tenements, Warsaw Ghetto fighters, and Jews in hiding from the Nazis, all, observed Passover.
Since they first settled in Canaan, Jews have celebrated Passover with a ceremonial meal, the Seder. “Seder” is Hebrew for “order.” Indeed, the meal is beautifully structured. It is a pageant re-enacting the drama of liberation; a class on reason and ritual; a worship service, songfest and religious house party; a banquet for body and spirit, blending goodness and goodies, gravity and gaiety. The Seder is characteristically Jewish in its contrasts. It balances the emotional budget by demanding that we never forget past sufferings, yet always savor present delights, and never cease looking to the future with faith in the human capacity for equal justice, freedom and peace.
The oldest known Hagaddah, or written Seder service, dates to the eighth century. “Hagaddah” is Hebrew for “telling.” One historian guessed that more than 2700 versions of the Hagaddah have been published in various languages. All respond to the biblical instruction that Jews teach the Exodus story to their children, and explain to them the rites and symbols of Passover.
You are invited to attend a Seder in celebration of Passover.
This ceremonial dinner is a remembrance of the Jewish flight from slavery in Egypt and a celebration of freedom and renewal. Through the centuries Passover has symbolized for Jews the universal human quest for liberty. Seder is the Hebrew word for order, and the ritual followed by a meal is a beautifully structured event for all ages. It is a pageant, a worship service, a songfest, a banquet, and a blend of goodness, goodies, gravity and gaiety. Our Seder is written from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. This year, with our world wracked by violence, this Passover dinner will be even more meaningful. It offers a living view of our religious heritage.
This is a ticketed event with choices. You can choose to either bring a dish and pay less for your ticket or purchase full price for catered dishes. There is a child's ticket as well. Under "Links" on the website there is more information about Seders as well as a link to traditional recipes.