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Tallahassee’s Jewish community prepares for Passover Seders

Passover – this year beginning at sunset on April 22 and ending at nightfall on April 30 – will be celebrated by the Tallahassee Jewish community, joining family and community. Passover Seders – the festive, ritual dinner on the first two nights of the eight-day holiday.

Passover celebrates the Jewish people’s miraculous exodus from slavery in ancient Egypt some 3,330 years ago and is traditionally celebrated with family and friends, making it the most widely observed Jewish holiday in the United States.

In Tallahassee, Chabad of Tallahassee and FSU are ensuring everyone can celebrate Passover by sharing handmade shmurah matzah – “the bread of healing” considered ideal for the Passover Seder – with those celebrating at home.

Other plans include sharing special holiday recipes with community members, such as the traditional charoset dip (and brisket, a dish the holiday has become known for even though it is not part of the ritual). Participants will be welcomed into the user-friendly Seders community at 8:00 PM on April 22 and 9:00 PM on April 23 – in greater numbers this year marked with Jewish gatherings focused on unity, learning Torah and bringing light to banish darkness .

“As the Jewish community prepares to celebrate the Festival of Our Freedom, we look forward to welcoming the community to join us in celebrating,” said Rabbi Schneur, who leads Chabad of Tallahassee and FSU. “Our goal is to lower the barriers to Jewish engagement and ensure that everyone feels welcome, included, and has the opportunities and resources they need to celebrate the holiday.”

In 1954, the Rebbe – Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, whose leadership inspired the founding of Chabad of Tallahassee – launched the Shmurah Matzah initiative as part of an effort to raise awareness and promote the observance of Passover. In keeping with his vision, an estimated 4 million hand-baked Shmurah Matzah will be distributed by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement this year.

Additional information about the Passover holiday is available at ChabadTallahassee.com/Pesach.

Tallahassee’s Temple Israel also hosts special Passover-related events. Visit templeisraeltlh.org.