Passover Coverage

April 2, 1999

Source: The New York Times

On April 2, 1999, The New York Times published an article on the Passover celebrated in Brooklyn by the United Spiritual Church of God, a Guyanese Christian evangelical denomination that practices the tenets of Judaism. The United Spiritual Church, one of about 50 in the United States, conducted the Passover celebration with a non-Jewish seder meal and dances to Caribbean and African rhythms. Though the Passover is celebrated as the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, the meaning of matzoh is transformed into a holy communion. Neil Felix, a church elder, stated that, "the exodus is a change of life, from darkness, from drinking and lying when we did not know Christ to his deliverance...We became new creatures through the Jewish Passover and then the crucifixion two days later. It symbolizes our moving from one state to another."