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Public Passover Seder to be held in Trinity

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TRINITY — Residents of West Pasco and surrounding areas are invited to attend an authentic public Passover Seder.

All Jews, regardless of affiliation or background, are encouraged to participate in an evening replete with the Mah Nishtanah, traditional handmade matzah, four cups of wine, lively dialogue and a Kosher for Passover meal.

“This Seder is an opportune time to bring unity to the community and just get together to enjoy each other’s company,” Rabbi Yossi Eber said. “It’s the Seder that has kept families together for thousands of years.”

The Seder, Hebrew for “order,” is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Passover lasts for seven to eight days.

The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt from the Book of Exodus.

Traditionally, families and friends gather in the evening to read the text of the Haggadah, which contains the narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, special blessings and rituals, commentaries from the Talmud, and special Passover songs.

Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine or grape juice to remind them of the four promises of redemption in Exodus 6:6-7, eating matzah and symbolic foods placed on the Seder plate. Last week, Eber and volunteers delivered handmade “shmura” matza to the whole Jewish community of West Pasco in honor of Passover.

The theme of this Seder will be how to overcome the limitations prevalent in society today.

“The concept of ‘freedom’ is needed and relevant in America now more than ever,” said Eber, the executive director of Chabad of West Pasco. “Passover is the ideal time to celebrate freedom. This Seder will focus on being liberated from the daily challenges and tribulations that bind and confine us, by encouraging personal growth and self development. What a great way to relive the Exodus — people walking away feeling freed from their problems.”

Passover teaches, inspires, empowers and challenges us to leave “Egypt” each day, from our self imposed “slavery”. It illuminates how to subdue the “Pharaoh” within, or the impulse to live a life which does not conform to who we truly are, Eber said.

“This is an exciting opportunity to meet new people, share and enjoy great food,” said Dina Eber, Seder coordinator. “The Seder meals will be interactive, warm and vibrant, interspersed with lively discussion through group participation as well as individual involvement.”

The Seder will take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 14, at the Chabad Jewish Center at 10733 Maple Creek Drive, Suite 101, Trinity, at the corner Trinity Boulevard and Duck Slough.

The fee for the Seder will be $36 per adult and $25 per child.

“Every one of all ages will feel comfortable at this Seder,” Dina Eber said. “It will be an experience to remember for a lifetime.”

For more information or to RSVP call (727) 376-3366 or email rabbi@chabadwp.com.

You can reach Daylina at dmiller@suncoastnews.com or (727) 815-1067. Follow her on Twitter at @DaylinaMiller.

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