Here are more details for our Congregational Seder:
Our Second-Night Seder will be held at Bridgeport on March 26th, and will start at 6 pm. It will be a directed potluck, which means that you’ll have the option of making a specific dish to contribute.
If you’d like to help out, email the office! We’ll be setting up Tuesday afternoon, and cleaning up afterwards.
Most of these dishes can be served at room temperature or cold. We will be utilizing the refrigerator, ovens and warming drawers downstairs to keep the food at safe temperatures prior to serving.
We’ve selected a variety of recipes that cover a range of cooking talents. Take a look at all of them: which one suits your time schedule and abilities the best?
These recipes have been scaled up to feed 12 people. This is what we’ll need! Don’t make changes to the ingredients: we have some people with food allergies that are counting on the recipe being made as written.
If you choose to make a soup, please bring it in a crock pot so it can stay warm during the seder.
It’s never too early to RSVP. Contact Amelia Schroth in the office to let her know how many are coming and what you will be bringing.
Kol Dikhfin Yeytey v’yeykhol – Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat
Once upon a time, it was a rare thing to eat to satiety, and outside of granaries in which communities could store extra foodstuffs, there was no guarantee of survival during drought. (See a report on an 11,000 year old granary found in an archaeological dig – our ancestors probably would have easily recognized it!)
It was a real act of faith to fulfill the commandment to clear out all the old grain at the spring season of Pesakh, and eat only the new as it was harvested, in the simple form of flat, unleavened bread. It was – and still is – a statement of trust in the communities that sustain us through distribution systems and agriculture, and as well, in the Source of Life that causes the grain to grow reliably every single year.
Three powerful ways to demonstrate your belief in our capacity to sustain each other with food and with trust are offered to you here. These are regular Pesakh mitzvot for our Shir Tikvah congregation.
Every year, part of our preparation for Pesakh is in the gathering up of our hametz, in accordance with the mitzvah: “there shall be no leaven found in your homes; whoever eats leavening, that person shall be alienated from the congregation of Israel. Eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations you shall eat matzah.” (Ex. 12.19-20).