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Learning from others and loving Passover

01/29/2018 02:04:28 PM

Jan29

By Lynda Schwartz
I know from my own experience that preparing for Passover and hosting a Seder can be very intimidating, especially if you didn’t grow up Jewish.
When I was a newlywed, I wasn’t Jewish, but I wanted to support my husband Jay’s Passover observance. I knew that some people switched dishes and that bread was off-limits, but the details were so confusing. The Kosher for Passover aisle at the market was intimidating. Some “Passover foods” seemed really weird. I couldn’t figure out which foods were okay. So, I went to the Jewish bookstore and bought a booklet about koshering for Passover. Unknowingly, I selected one that described very stringent rules followed by some observant communities. As a newbie, each page seemed more and more impossible. Jay found me in tears. “I just can’t do this Jewish stuff,” I sobbed. He hugged me and threw the booklet away. Then, he explained the diversity of Passover observance and helped me understand his family’s customs.
I learned the most about Passover the year that we were invited to Seder at our friends’ home. They made us feel so welcome! Their Seder was joyful, educational, easy to understand and filled with delicious things to eat and drink.  Now, years later, I am the one hosting and inviting others. Our dear friends showed me the way.
That’s why we’re hosting an event series entitled, “Discovering Miriam.” Come to the Wine Tasting and Charoset Throwdown, Make your own Miriam’s Cup, attend the Learning Fair and Cooking Demo or join the Women’s Seder. We’ll learn from each other so that everyone, even those new to the Jewish community, can make Passover their own.
Over the years, with help from Jay and our friends, I learned to love Passover. If I can, so can you!

Lynda Schwartz is co-chairman of the Discovering Miriam programs.

Sun, May 27 2018 13 Sivan 5778