3/14/13 - Palm Sunday EYC/Passover Seder

Hello Family,

This Sunday, March 24, we will be meeting in the gym for a Palm Sunday Dinner based on a traditional Jewish Passover Meal. We ask that all Youth show up by 5 pm. The meal should end around 6:30 pm. The meal is usually celebrated with many generations of family involved, parents and grandparents are welcome to join - If you wish to join us, please let me know via email by Saturday, so I know I have enough food for everyone. Email me at stjohnscolumbia@gmail.com.

A little about a Passover Seder (Meal) is below:

The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This story is in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in the Hebrew Bible. The Seder itself is based on the Biblical verse commanding Jews to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt: "You shall tell your child on that day, saying, 'It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'" (Exodus 13:8) Traditionally, families and friends gather in the evening to read the text of the Haggadah, an ancient work derived from the Mishnah (Pesahim 10). The Haggadah contains the narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, special blessings and rituals, commentaries from the Talmud, and special Passover songs.

Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine, eating matza and lamb, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate, and reclining in celebration of freedom. The Seder is performed in much the same way by Jews all over the world.

Also, There will be no EYC on Easter Sunday.