GUIDE TO COMMUNAL PASSOVER SEDERS 2012

Photo by Erica Sherman

Passover. The Festival of the Unleavened Bread. The celebration of the ancient Israelites’ escape from Egypt’s whips and chains. And the wandering…

When I think of Passover, I’m immediately drawn to that image of thousands of people wandering the desert, at first chaotically, without laws, facing threats both internal and external. And from that madness and uncertainty, a people united by little more than their shared persecution and ancestry came together and formed a nation, governed by laws, and without land to bind them.

Passover remains one of the most inspiring stories from the Old Testament. It’s about togetherness, and the miracles that unity is capable of bringing about.

That’s why, for the first time ever, Sheepshead Bites is proud to present our Guide to Communal Passover Seders. Because for a holiday celebrating the miracle of camaraderie against all odds, no one should be alone.

Here are some local Jewish centers offering Communal Seders, featuring food and friendship:

Beth El Jewish Center of Flatbush
Seder will be offered at 8:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7.
1981 Homecrest Avenue – (718) 375-0120
Price: $40 per person. (Reservations a must)

Manhattan Beach Jewish Center
Seder offered Friday, April 6, at 8:00 p.m. (English), and Saturday April 7, at 8:15 p.m. (Russian)
60 West End Avenue – (718) 891-8700
Price: $36 per person. (Reservations a must)

Young Israel of Kings Bay
Seder will be offered at 7:45 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7.
3007 Ocean Parkway – (718) 332-6231
Price: $18 per person. (Reservations by March 26th)

Chabad of Sheepshead Bay
Seder will be offered at 8:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7.
Orion Palace, 2555 McDonald Avenue – (718) 934-9331
Price: Adults $40, Children $15. (Reservations a must)

Chabad of Manhattan Beach
Seder will be offered at 8:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7.
Ohel David & Shlomo Catering Hall, 710 Shore Boulevard – (646) 296-9020
Price: Adults $36, Children $18. (Reservations a must)

Chabad Neshama Center
Seder will be offered at 8:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7.
311 Seabreeze Avenue – (718) 687-7844
Price: Adults $36, Children $18. (Reservations a must)

Temple Beth El of Manhattan Beach
Seder will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6.
111 West End Avenue –  (718) 891-3500
Price: Adults: $45, Children $25. (Reservations a must)

If you are a representative of a local Jewish institution and would like your community Seder added to this list, e-mail nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Researched by Katherine Gonzalez.

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