Sunset, April 3 – Evening, April 11, 2015
In the Bible, Passover is called by two names: Pesah and Hag Ha’aviv. Pesah – literally ‘passed over’ recounts the miraculous and history-altering liberation story of the Jewish people from hundreds of year of Egyptian slavery. One of the greatest symbols of this aspect of the holiday was the communal meal of lamb or goat, which was the first seder of all time, and the last meal the Israelites ate as slaves.
Hag Ha’aviv – the Spring Holiday – indicates the triumphant return of the agricultural season’s bounty and beauty, held back by many months of cold weather. Today, families at seder meals continue to eat bitter herbs and wild lettuces to mark this occasion. Whether in the realm of narrative – Pesah, or the natural – Hag Ha’aviv, Passover invites us to witness the breaking free of the positive potential of our world.
Celebrate Passover at the JCCSF with the following programs:
The 19th Annual Passover Freedom Seder
Tuesday, March 31 • 6:30 pm
The 36th Annual First Night Community Seder
Led by Rabbi Batshir Torchio
Friday, April 3 • 6:30 pm
Émigré Passover Seder
Wednesday, April 8 • 3:00 pm
Older Adult Passover Seder Lunch
Tuesday, April 7 • 11:30 am