Dear Friends,

In just two days most of us will be gathered around the seder table with a dish of salt water and a sprig of parsley in front of us, and a haggadah in hand as we communally re-tell our ancient Jewish narrative. The Mishnah instructs us, “In every generation, each of us should feel as though we ourselves had gone forth from Egypt, as it is written: ‘And you shall explain to your child on that day, it is because of what the Eternal did for me when I, myself, went froth from Egypt.’”

Pesach is the festival when we imagine ourselves as characters in the story; having left Egypt and trekking towards the Promised Land. The word for Egypt in Hebrew is mitzrayim which means something much more symbolic than simply the name of a country bordering Israel. Mitzrayim shares the root with metzar, which can mean either "distress" or "a narrow place.”

Read more: Rabbi's Pesach message

seder plate5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018

Beth Israel's family friendly community seder is on the second night of Pesach. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, including nonmembers! Led by Rabbi Joshua Samuels and cantorial soloist Andrea Shupack, the seder will include a delicious Passover buffet dinner with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options, as well as Manischewitz wine. Join us for a fun, lively and upbeat retelling of the Exodus story, sure to please young and old alike. We hope to see you there!
Seder will begin at 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) at Settlemyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave. Free parking; venue is wheelchair accessible. Download driving directions here.

Online registration is now closed. Contact the office for more information.

Some photos from past seders:


Passover 2014