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It's Back: Annual Community Passover Seder in CDA

| April 14, 2022 1:10 PM

Back after hiatus: Experience Passover with visiting Rabbis and community members.

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 North Idaho’s Jewish community, Chabad Lubavitch of Idaho is organizing a community Passover Seder to be held on Friday night, April 15 at 7:15pm.

The Seder, which will be run by Student Rabbis Dovid Lifshitz from Boise, Idaho, and Mendel Weisfish, from Brooklyn, New York, takes 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 dinner of traditional cuisine paired with a variety of fine wines and handmade round 'Shmurah' Matzah from Israel.

“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz, director of the Chabad Jewish Center in Boise, the movement’s regional headquarters. “Passover is about our own personal liberation – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Passover inspires us to break free from our own limitations and complacency, restraining us from reaching new heights. At Passover, we become free in our lives, relationships and connection with G-d. We are delighted to offer this – once again – to Jewish residents of North Idaho.”

All are welcome to join the community Seder, which will be held at the VFW Post 3603, located at 1225 E 3rd Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854. Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the visiting rabbis, at 208-488-8318 or rovingrabbis@jewishidaho.com. The event is free of charge. Donations are welcome.

“We are excited to be coming to North Idaho for Pesach!” Dovid Lifshitz said. “Celebrating Jewish traditions brings diversity and sanctity to the community. Teaching and learning from each other promises to be a rewarding experience, which we look forward to.”

Event Recap:

What: Community Passover Seder

Where: VFW Post 3603, 1225 E 3rd Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854

When: Friday, April 15, 7:15pm

What is the holiday of Passover?

The eight-day festival of Pesach (Passover in English) is celebrated this year from sundown on Friday night, April 15, until after nightfall on Saturday, April 23. Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and will be celebrated with a festive “Seder” dinner on April 15. 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.www.jewishidaho.com/Passover.

About the Sponsoring Organization

Chabad Lubavitch of Idaho, based in Boise, offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations throughout the state of Idaho. For more information, contact Chabad Jewish Center at 208-853-9200 or visit online at www.jewishidaho.com.