Interfaith Group Gathers at Passover Table in Chicago

April 22, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune,1,4346021.story

On April 22, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "inside the basement auditorium of a Chicago labor union headquarters, Jewish community leaders broke matzo at a model Passover seder in the unlikely company of Muslim lawyers, Latino workers and African-American supermarket employees. The invited Muslims sipped grape juice instead of...

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African American and Jewish Students Host Freedom Seder

April 22, 2005

Source: PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

On April 22, 2005 PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly reported, "for Jews, Passover begins this weekend (April 23.) The eight-day festival starts with a seder -- a dinner. The elements of the seder represent the story of the Jews' Exodus from Egypt. They include salt water for the tears and suffering of the Israelites; unleavened bread for the dough that didn'...

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Keeping Kosher in Contemporary Society

April 12, 2003

Source: Star Tribune

On April 12, 2003 the Star Tribune reported that "in today's society, keeping kosher is a matter of degrees for some Jews... And Rabbi Zeilingold, who is orthodox, said he applauds any effort toward keeping kosher, even something as simple as not having a glass of milk with your hamburger and fries... It's complicated, especially to non-Jews or those who have not practiced it all of their lives. The Hebrew word 'kosher' itself does not refer specifically to food, said Rabbi Asher Zeilingold, director of UM Kosher, a kosher certification...

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Passover, 2003

April 12, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 12, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "Jewish historians are turning back the clock to examine how Passover was celebrated in California and the West in the 19th century... Today, as Jews prepare to observe Passover, which begins Wednesday at sundown, Southern California has the nation's second-largest Jewish population -- roughly 600,000. By contrast, the overwhelmingly Catholic pueblo of Los Angeles of 1854 had fewer than 200 Jewish residents and no kosher bakery or butcher shop... A lay rabbi slaughtered animals...

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Jewish Soldiers Celebrate Passover in Iraq

April 12, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

On April 12, 2003 Dallas Morning News reported that Jewish soldiers in Iraq are celebrating Passover this year with 1,500 Solo Seder Kits sent to the Persian Gulf by the Jewish Welfare Board's Jewish Chaplains Council. "The kit includes a Passover pamphlet describing the holiday, a Haggadah, matzah, grapejuice, gefilte fish, and chicken soup with matzah balls."

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld of Harvard Hillel Leads All-women's Seder

April 12, 2003

Source: Boston Globe

On April 12, 2003 the Boston Globe published an interview with Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld in which she discussed the participation of women in the ritual of Seder. The article reported that "While attending an Israeli Seder years ago, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld started to read a blessing. An Orthodox man, declaring that it violated religious law for a woman's voice to be heard at the Passover meal, covered his ears and sang while she spoke. For years, women typically were left with tasks such as cooking for the Seder but were denied...

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Feminist Seder in NY

April 11, 2003

Source: Religion and Ethics Weekly

On April 11, 2003 Religion and Ethics Weekly reported that "on Wednesday night, Jews will gather for a Seder, a special dinner, where they retell the story of their ancestors' exodus from Egypt. The Seder ritual is guided by a special book called the Haggadah. In recent years, in addition to the traditional observance, some Jewish groups have developed Seders...

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Passover, 2003

April 9, 2003

Source: Plain Dealer

On April 9, 2003 the Plain Dealer reported that "for Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews alike, the Passover holiday begins this year at sundown on April 16. Festive, ceremonial meals called Seders mark the first two nights of the eight-day commemoration of the Jewish exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Matzo, made with only flour, water and salt, is eaten instead of bread. No products containing a leavening agent (yeast, baking powder or baking soda) are consumed... Over the centuries, Jews in different parts of the world developed...

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