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. Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the Bronx Community, the Bronx Jewish Center is inviting all residents to participate in community seders to be held on Friday night, March 30, and on Saturday night, March 31.
The Seders take participants through the liberation 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 delectable catered dinner, paired with a variety of fine imported wines and handmade round shmurah matzah from Israel.
“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said Rabbi Pewzner, director of the Bronx Jewish Center. “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.”
The Jewish community seder is part of a global Passover campaign that began in 1954, when the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, z”l, 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.
Additionally, to end the Passover holiday, the Bronx Jewish Center will be hosting a Moshiach Seudah on Saturday, April 7, at 5:00 p.m., to relish in the wondrous freedom God has given us with a four-course dinner, wine, matzah and Divrei Torah.