WEST HARTFORD — 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 Greater Hartford Community, Chabad will be holding 7 Public Passover Seders in Greater Hartford area, according to a release from Chabad House of Greater Hartford.
West Hartford’s Chabad House kitchen will completely transformed into a fully Kosher for Passover cooking facility, where meals for over 1,000 people will be cooked and prepared for all local Chabad Seders. All food is prepared with strict adherence to the numerous Passover laws and traditions, keeping all Chametz (leavened bread) locked up, ensuring that not a single crumb finds itself anywhere near the Passover preparations.
Chabad’s Seders cater to diverse groups of people from all walks of life.
A special Seder will be held for the Russian speaking community, many who could not celebrate their Jewish heritage openly while living in the Soviet Union, at the Alfred Plant Senior Building on Farmington Ave., West Hartford.
Seders will be held in Glastonbury, Simsbury, Wesleyan University, Litchfield, U-Conn, University of Hartford and in the Chabad House itself.
West Hartford’s Chabad House, located at 2352 Albany Ave., West Hartford invites everyone to participate in community Seders to be held on Friday night, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday night, March 31, at 7:45 p.m.
Friday night’s Seder (March 30), will include a special children’s program. The Haggadah will come to life with games and fun activities. Older children will have leadership roles in running the Seder.
The Seders take participants through the wondrous liberation of our ancestors 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 wines and handmade round “Shmurah” Matzah.
“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said Rabbi Joseph Gopin, Director of Chabad in the Greater Hartford. “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 G-d.”
All are welcome to join the Community Seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Reservations can be made online at www.ChabadHartford.com/Seder