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 West Hartford Community, Chabad will be holding no less than 7 Public Passover Seders in Greater Hartford area.

West Hartford’s Chabad House kitchen has been completely transformed into a fully Kosher for Passover cooking facility, where meals for over 1000 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.

Seders will be held in Glastonbury, Simsbury, Wesleyan University, Litchfield, U-Conn, University of Hartford and of course, in the Chabad House itself.

West Hartford’s Chabad House, located at 2352 Albany Avenue, invites everyone to participate in community Seders to be held on Monday night, April 10 at 7:45 PM and again on Tuesday night, April 11, at 8 PM.

Monday night’s Seder (April 10), will include a special Children’s Escape Room Theme Program. This special program will be geared towards families with children, ages four through eleven and will be entirely themed around the Passover Holiday and its significance.

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

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Monday, April 10th until after nightfall on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and will be celebrated with festive “Seder” dinners on April 10 and 11, 2017. Other holiday observances include restricting the consumption of leavened products such as bread and pasta, instead eating unleavened matzah. Additional information about the Passover holiday is available at www.ChabadHartford.com/Passover.

Chabad House offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. For more information, call us at 860.232.1116 or visit online at www.ChabadHartford.com.