Chabad plans annual Seder

Jewish residents of the Rogue Valley and surrounding areas are invited to attend an authentic Public Passover Seder. All Jews, regardless of affiliation or background, are encouraged to participate in an evening replete with the Mah Nishtanah, traditional handmade Matzah, four cups of wine, lively dialogue, and an exquisite Kosher for Passover dinner.

The Seder will take place at Chabad, 804 Hillview Drive, on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The theme of the Seder will be how to overcome the limitations prevalent in society today.

"The concept of 'freedom' is needed and relevant in America now more than ever," said Rabbi Avi Zwiebel, executive director of Chabad of Southern Oregon. "Passover is the ideal time to celebrate freedom. This Seder will focus on being liberated from the daily challenges and tribulations that bind and confine us, by encouraging personal growth and self development. What a great way to relive the Exodus — people walking away feeling freed from their problems."

"This seder is an opportune time to meet new people, share and enjoy great food," said Faigy Zwiebel, Seder coordinator. "The Seder meals will be interactive, warm and vibrant, interspersed with lively discussion through group participation as well as individual involvement."

The fee for each Seder will be $25 per adult, $10 per child. However, no one will be turned away for the inability to pay.

To reserve a seat or for more information, please call 482.2778 or e-mail

For more information about the holiday of Passover visit the Passover supersite,

About Passover

Each year on Passover ("Pesach" in Hebrew) Jews recount the birth of the Jewish nation. Forged out of slavery, they were redeemed from Egypt through G-d's open miracles, according to Zwiebel. In powerful Egypt, the Jews prospered until forced by their jealous hosts into slavery.

Egyptian barbarism increased, until king Pharaoh decreed that every male child born be drowned. One child saved, Moshe (Moses), emerged as the agent of Jewish redemption — bringing the Divine call to worship, promising freedom. Pharaoh's stubbornness incited ten miraculous plagues to G-d's omnipotence on the idolatrous Egyptians.

Finally, He smote their first-born, "Passing over" the Jewish homes. The Jews marched out, only to be trapped by the Egyptians and the Red Sea; but G-d parted its waters and they passed to freedom.

But this is not jus an epic tale: Passover is the "Time of our Freedom" and in every generation, the Passover season brings with it a new liberation, according to Zwiebel.

Its highlight is the Seder, with colorful, tasty symbolism — Matzah, Four Cups of Wine, Bitter Herbs — that brings to life the power and the wonder of the Exodus, as we discover anew the freedom that is ours to bring to the world. For more information, visit

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