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Confirmation class, Temple Israel of Westport with RAC banner in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

I discovered a voice…I never knew existed – one that speaks up, stands up for what she believes in, and challenges others to do the same.”

Rabbi PJ Schwartz
Close-up of two fair trade chocolate bars

The aroma of chocolate eggs (beitzah), chocolate covered matzah, green-colored chocolate (karpas) a solid chocolate seder plate, several chocolate nut clusters (charoset), and a 100% cacao bar (maror) wafted our friends into our home. Three of the five rabbis at the table had never been to a seder – a chocolate seder that is.

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz
Child's finger following along with the Four Questions in a haggadah

“We’re all so unique. How do we bring our full personalities to the table? Wouldn’t it be great if we could embrace tradition and start a conversation that reflects our interesting, hilarious, modern, multi-cultural thought-provoking lives?”

April Baskin
Two young Syrian refugees standing side-by-side

For more than 3,000 years, Jews have gathered to retell the story of Passover and celebrate our deliverance from slavery in Egypt. In the Book of Exodus, we are not only told to observe Passover (Exodus 12: 17); we also are taught that, “In every generation all of us are obliged to regard ourselves as if we ourselves went forth from the land of Egypt” (Exodus 13:8). We must not only gather for seder and replace chametz with matzah, but we also must take ownership of the Passover narrative and experience it anew each year.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner


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