Seder tradition celebrated at Chabad next Friday

Springtime holiday heralds season of spiritual renewal at Chabad’s Annual Community Seder on Friday, April 3. For over 3,300 years, Jewish families the world over have gathered around the festive table on the eve of Passover to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and celebrate the “Seder” feast.

This is no ordinary meal; the Passover Seder (which actually means “order”) incorporates fifteen multi-sensory steps, which reach deep into the human psyche in every way possible and all at once: rich melodies, dynamic visuals, prayers and stories, even the visceral senses of taste, smell and touch are part of the interminable tradition.

Each year on Passover, as nature experiences its own season of springtime renewal, we participate in the Seder tradition and experience our own renewal and rebirth. At the Seder table, we commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and the birth of the Jewish nation over three millennia ago – and at the same time embark on a modern-day journey to spiritual freedom.

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This year, Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach is once again offering a community Seder, to be held on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Led by Rabbi Eli Goorevitch. The Seder will feature explanation and commentary based on mystical and Kabbalistic insights, humor and song. A delicious holiday dinner will be served with hand-baked Matzah and choice of wine.

Cost: adults $45, children $25. To RSVP, please call 499-0770, or visit www.chabadoflaguna.com  

Reservations are necessary by March 30. Chabad is located at 30804 Coast Hwy across from Montage Laguna Beach.