Monday, July 24, 2017

Passover is almost here. We prepare weeks in advance for one of the highlights in the Jewish calendar year. We scrub, we clean, we wash, we shine, we sweep, we vacuum, we kasher, we shop, we cook and then we celebrate…

But for some, the pre-Passover days do not always go as planned. Life happens and one finds him/herself in a different situation than expected. Whether you’ve recently moved to Riverdale, have family visiting for chag and do not have the space to host all of them at your table, lost a loved one, got injured or incapacitated or if you just don’t feel like spending the Seder on your own—join us at the Bayit!

For almost 25 years, the HIR (Hebrew Institute of Riverdale) has been hosting annual free Passover Seders on both the first and second nights of Passover. The HIR, fondly known as “the Bayit” or “home,” places values of openness and welcoming at the forefront of its identity and mission.

If you or someone you know feel like the door to having a wonderful Seder is fast closing, another door is opened—at the Bayit! The Bayit opens its doors to over 400 guests each year, regardless of age, geographical origin, denomination or affiliation.

Rabbi Steven Exler, Senior Rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale says, “The Seder nights are the cornerstone of our Jewish identity and value inclusion of all. The seders are enriched by the diversity of people who partake, and we form a special community on these magical nights.  Please come—and bring family and friends!”

This year’s Seders will take place on Monday night, April 10, and Tuesday night, April 11, at 8:15 p.m. HIR gratefully acknowledges the UJA Federation of New York, local community members and people nationwide for their generous support of HIR’s Seder program.

To register for one of the Seders, contact the Bayit office at 718-796-4730. To learn more about HIR please see www.thebayit.org.

By Yael Manor-Oshinsky

The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale—The Bayit—is an open Orthodox synagogue serving the entire Jewish community by warmly embracing all Jews, regardless of affiliation, commitment, orientation or background.  It is affectionately known as the “Bayit,” which is a home, a place of love and welcome. The HIR is known nationally for bringing spirituality into the synagogue; activism; youth and teen engagement; learning programs; and work on behalf of the elderly, the homebound and those developmentally and physically challenged.  It is located at 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx, NY 10463.

Yael Manor-Oshinsky is the Program Associate at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.

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