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Everyone welcome to Temple Bat Yam Passover Seder

by Al Goldberg

Any interested person is invited to attend one of Temple Bat Yam’s major events of the year – the traditional community Passover Seder, scheduled the first night of the holiday, Saturday, April 7, in the convention center of Harveys Resort Casino.

To be conducted this year by Student Rabbi Karen Deitsch, the service tells the story of the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt nearly 4,000 years ago and delivery to the promised land under the leadership of Moses. The evening, which begins at 6 p.m., includes a traditional Passover meal prepared by Harveys’ banquet chefs under supervision of the temple.

The annual community Seder has drawn between 125 and 175 people in recent years and larger-than-usual participation is anticipated this year because the first night of Passover falls on a Saturday night. Reservations and payment in advance are necessary and information can be obtained by calling the temple at (775) 588-4503. Checks can be sent to the temple at P.O. Box 5099, Stateline 89449. Visa or MasterCard also can be used.

The cost for this event is $50 for adult non-temple members, $30 for non-member children 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are free. Temple members also must pay but receive a reduced price.

As in past years, guests and members can request reserved seating with family or friends.

The temple has created its own Passover Seder service which combines modern-day elements with the traditional service and is designed to encourage meaningful participation by all attendees, regardless of age. An original passover Haggadah (the booklet containing the service) has been created by the temple for this event, which includes singing and other activities especially for children.

The seder meal, however, consists of traditional holiday fare, from matzoh ball soup and gefilte fish to macaroons and cream puffs for dessert.

Temple Bat Yam, located in South Lake Tahoe, is the only Jewish institution serving Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Carson City and the Carson Valley.

The Passover holiday has been celebrated by Jews worldwide for thousands of years and traditionally includes non-Jewish guests joining Jewish attendees because it has a relationship to both Judaism and Christianity. It was the Passover seder for which Jesus traveled to Jerusalem that is known as “the Last Supper.”

The Passover Seder is the most widely celebrated of all Jewish holidays since it is done in the home or in community seders such as Temple Bat Yam’s, rather than in a synagogue or temple. It focuses on food, family and social interaction in addition to religious aspects, plus it is traditional for Jews to share the holiday with non-Jewish family and friends.